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2018 Dodge Ram 3500 Towing Capacity

Towing Capacity

The 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 is built for towing, with impressive capability to haul heavy loads. As a top pickup truck expert at Antich Automotive, I want to provide an in-depth look at the 3500’s towing specs, capacity and features.

Overview of the Ram 3500 for Towing

The Ram 3500 comes standard with a sturdy frame, suspension and powertrain designed for towing and hauling heavy loads. Here are some key highlights:

  • Available with three cab configurations: Regular, Crew and Mega. The Regular cab provides seating for 3 and maximum cargo space. The Crew cab seats 5 or 6. The Mega cab is extra spacious with seating for 6.

  • Three bed lengths: 6’4″, 8′ and 8’4″. The longer beds provide more cargo space when towing large loads.

  • Rear axle ratios ranging from 3.42 to 4.10:1, allowing you to optimize gearing for towing capacity or fuel economy.

  • Three powerful engine options:

    • 5.7L HEMI® V8 – 383 horsepower, 400 lb-ft torque

    • 6.4L HEMI® V8 – 410 horsepower, 429 lb-ft torque

    • 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 – Up to 400 horsepower, 1,000 lb-ft torque

  • Heavy duty transmission options such as the Aisin AS69RC 6-speed automatic, designed for big towing jobs.

  • Available auxiliary transmission oil cooler and power takeoff capability.

  • Up to 23,400 pounds maximum conventional towing capacity when properly equipped.

Towing Capacity by Configuration

The Ram 3500’s max tow rating can vary quite a bit depending on the exact model, cab, drivetrain and equipment. Refer to the towing chart below for specifics:

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Configuration Max Towing Capacity
Regular Cab, 4×2, SRW Up to 16,180 lbs
Regular Cab, 4×2, DRW Up to 16,370 lbs
Regular Cab, 4×4, SRW Up to 15,950 lbs
Regular Cab, 4×4, DRW Up to 16,130 lbs
Crew Cab Short Box, 4×2, SRW Up to 15,920 lbs
Crew Cab Short Box, 4×4, SRW Up to 15,620 lbs
Crew Cab Long Box, 4×2, SRW Up to 15,790 lbs
Crew Cab Long Box, 4×2, DRW Up to 17,960 lbs
Crew Cab Long Box, 4×4, SRW Up to 15,440 lbs
Crew Cab Long Box, 4×4, DRW Up to 17,620 lbs
Mega Cab, 4×2, SRW Up to 15,650 lbs
Mega Cab, 4×2, DRW Up to 17,710 lbs
Mega Cab, 4×4, SRW Up to 15,220 lbs
Mega Cab, 4×4, DRW Up to 17,400 lbs


As you can see, the Regular Cab 2WD DRW with Cummins diesel can tow over 16,000 pounds properly equipped. Opting for a Crew Cab or Mega Cab does reduce max towing capacity slightly due to increased weight. However, the 4×4 models with diesel can still tow well over 15,000 pounds.

Towing Features

The Ram 3500 comes ready to handle heavyweight towing jobs right from the factory. Some key features include:

  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller – Conveniently located and allows you to adjust braking intensity for your trailer.

  • Tow/Haul Mode – Adjusts transmission shifting and throttle response when towing.

  • Trailer Sway Control – Detects swaying motions and applies corrective brake and throttle control to stabilize trailer.

  • 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Preparation – Enables easy hookup for 5th wheel and gooseneck trailers. Includes in-bed wiring harness.

  • Heavy Duty Engine Cooling – Oversized radiator, engine oil cooler, transmission cooler and charge air cooler.

  • Electric Trailer Brake Connection – 7-pin and 4-pin wiring harness connectors.

  • Trailer Hitch Receiver – Class V with 2″ receiver, 4/7-pin connectors. Max tongue weight of 1,800 lbs.

  • Available RamBox Cargo System – Lockable, drainable, illuminated cargo bins integrated into the bed sides. Great for storing tie-down straps, hitches, tools and other gear.

Towing Experts You Can Trust

At Antich Automotive, we have over 15 years experience helping customers select the right Ram truck for their towing needs. Our expert sales staff can walk you through all the configuration options and help you build out the perfect 3500. We also have a full service center to help keep your truck running in tip-top shape.

For more towing advice or to schedule a test drive, contact us today! We look forward to helping equip you with the best Ram towing machine.

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