What Does My Towing Capacity Mean?

Whether you're looking for some fun on the weekends or need it for the job site, you'll have to understand towing capacity. It all depends on what you want to throw behind the vehicle. Jeeps and RAM can offer great towing numbers, but what does it all mean? We'll break down everything that plays a part into towing capacities.


Considered the beating heart of your engine, this is where it matters how much horsepower and torque it can produce. More torque equates to the ride's ability to tow. For instance, the 2018 RAM 1500 can be equipped for Fort Wayne area drivers with the 5.7 HEMI® V8 engine, which produces 410 lb-ft of torque and 395 horsepower. This will allow you to tow up to 10,620 lbs!

If you're not looking for that much towing ability, consider a different RAM engine or a Jeep SUV that features a V6 engine. The torque and towing will be less, but considerably better fuel economy on the positive side.


Although manual transmissions are the preferred favorite when it comes to hauling big loads, the modern automatics can be just as dependable as the manual transmission. In addition, you need to consider how heavy you have inside the truck/SUV itself. If you plan on doing heavy pulling and on steep inclines, we recommend looking into rides that have a transmission cooler. For RAM 1500, you can find a standard TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission. This can proudly produce superior acceleration in low gears and includes Thermal Management System to optimize automatic transmission fluid temperature for optimal efficiency and durability.


Every part of your drivetrain is under stress, no matter how much weight is behind you. When picking a vehicle, you'll need to consider the axle ratios. This term refers to the gears in the truck's differential, which is a device that connects the rear axle to the driveshaft and then the engine. The higher the axle ratio, the more your model can tow. For instance, Fort Wayne area drivers can tow 3,500 lbs with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with an axle ratio of 3.27. However, when you equip your Grand Cherokee to have 3.45 axle ratio, you can reach 6,200 lbs.


Having the proper brakes for towing is half the battle. Make sure the ride your choosing has durable brakes for the load you plan on carrying. Your vehicle will need to come to a stop and if the brakes are too small, then your Jeep or RAM might not be able to handle the additional burden of a big trailer or extra weight. For those heavy loads, the 2018 RAM 2500HD is an excellent option because its legendary 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine incorporates Class-Exclusive smart diesel exhaust engine braking technology. This will maintain smooth, less aggressive braking, especially when the vehicle is on a downslope.


The last important piece to towing is what the body of the vehicle is made of. That's what handling the stresses of pulling and stopping the trailer behind you. So keep in mind SUVs or trucks that have a tough body-frame. The RAM 2500HD and 3500HD comes with frame steel strength of 50,000 PSI to handle the heaviest loads.

Visit Our Fort Wayne Area RAM Dealership

If you want more specifics that come with your new vehicle, come down to Tom Ahl CDJR. We'll be happy to find the vehicle that tows the exact amount that you need. Contact us at (888) 233-9525.

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