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This morning, Dodge released towing and weight ratings for the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup is rated at up to 30,000 pounds of trailer capacity, blowing by Ford, GMC, and Chevrolet; its closest competitor’s maximum tow capacity is 23,100 pounds. The Ram 3500’s capacity increase was enabled by a new 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, a stronger transfer case, a higher-load transmission (Aisin AS69RC), larger front drive shafts and U-joints, an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb.-ft. of torque, and other upgrades. "We built the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty to be the undisputed Heavy Duty 'King of the Road.' These new rigs deliver on the number one key attribute most critical to these customers: uncompromising capability,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC.

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CGLLC Press Release said:
Ram to Build Most Capable Trucks Ever
  • Ram 3500 Heavy Duty’s maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds far surpasses closest competitor’s 23,100-pound max
  • 850 lb.-ft. Cummins Turbo Diesel is tops for torque
  • 37,600-pound Gross Combined Weight Rating leads all heavy-duty pickups
  • Ram 2500 leads all ¾-ton pickups
  • Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver best-in-class towing
January 9, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - In the quest to build the most capable trucks available, Ram officially released class-leading towing and weight ratings for its 2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.

The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-load transmission, an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb.-ft. of torque and other significant driveline upgrades.

Ram’s closest competitor is limited to a 23,100-pound maximum trailer.

"We built the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty to be the undisputed Heavy Duty 'King of the Road.' These new rigs deliver on the number one key attribute most critical to these customers: uncompromising capability,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “Towing capability, reliability and engine performance are ranked first through third, respectively, with HD customers. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks unequivocally deliver all those things, as well as a very low total cost of ownership.”

The Ram 3500’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) -- which is defined by the maximum combined weight of the truck, payload and trailer -- has been raised to 37,600 pounds, which again far surpasses the closest competitor’s 30,500-pound GCWR.

Ram has increased the capability in its other truck models as well.

For 2013, the Ram 2500 will also benefit from increased towing and GCWR. At 18,350 and 25,000, Ram 2500’s towing and GCW ratings are also best among ¾-ton pickups.

Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver maximum capability with best-in-class towing and GCWR figures 29,600 pounds and 37,500 pounds, respectively (5500 model).

Ram Heavy Duty adds a number of new features for 2013, including a factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, a 17,000-pound Class V hitch with 1,800 pounds of tongue weight, class-exclusive electronic stability control (ESC) for dual-rear-wheels and a new Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) –positioned camera, the first of its kind in the heavy-duty pickup category, to provide a full view of the bed for easier hook-up of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring cargo.

For 2013, all Ram Heavy Duty diesels benefit from an all-new cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and low-slung charge air cooler afford 25 percent more heat-rejection capacity. Lower operating temperatures deliver improved performance, durability and lower operating costs. Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram trucks also provide best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals.

Ram is also introducing an industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water-fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water.

Also among the upgrades for 2013, Ram Heavy Duty front drive shafts and U-joints are sized larger to align with the truck’s new Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR).

To handle the best-in-class towing capability of the new Ram Heavy Duty, a new front and rear suspension system with advanced geometry builds upon the chassis improvements and greatly improves overall roll stiffness. An advanced three-link front suspension on the Ram 3500 is necessary for the vehicle’s higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. Additionally, a newly designed Hotchkiss leaf spring rear suspension on the Ram 3500 offers improved ride and handling while delivering higher towing and payload capability.
 

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that would make a good commercial. You start with a ford pulling a big trailer. A dodge pulls up. The ford driver get out and bows to the Dodge as he pulls the Ford truck and trailer !
 

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That's great news!
 

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From what I've read, on other sites that are running the story, you only need a CDL if its for commercial purposes, not recreational. Is that right?
 

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And more changes are coming in 2014? Keep em coming but when is to much to much?

Who wants to bet that without any changes ford will sprinkle their pixie dust on F350 and the numbers will increase.
 

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When I read this story that was my first thought, now you need a CDL to drive the 3500. I wonder how many will get registered as motor homes?
 

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How does this do under the J2807 Towing tests?
 

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Now I had my GMC C65 box truck and did not have a CDL as it was for not-for-hire use and never had an issue. I just had to have a DOT physical each year. That was until three years ago. Has it changed more recently than that? GVWR was 28,800.
 

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In Illinois, unless there's a camper shell on the back, or it's an actual chassis cab motor home, you cannot register a pickup truck as a recreational vehicle.
 

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Stratuscaster said:
This morning, Dodge released towing and weight ratings for the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup is rated at up to 30,000 pounds of trailer capacity...
Dang that's a lot of Bananas...
 

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ROFLMAO....

As long as the driver doesn't take the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania.
seriously, I made that trip through there during Thanksgiving.
 

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I'm not sure that isn't a Federal loophole for RV's.

I looked at a Freightliner toy hauler that was registered as an RV 80,000 GCVWR (not GVW) and it was the same cab and frame as the over the road trucks, but did not require a CDL.
Your state may vary.
My Dodge Chassis/Cab is 26,300 GCVWR, but the door tag states 9000 lbs GVW and its not CDL regulated. So I think there is some leeway in State Law. States regulate the scales regardless of the Federal Law regulating commercial Interstate commerce. So while it may not be wise to have Class A license drivers driving these big rigs, Im not sure that it is illegal on a state by state basis.
Check with your local DMV before taking any Internet advice as gospel. ;)
 

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As an add to my post: This is really BIG news to guys with 5th Wheel Toy Haulers and race trailers. Travel Trailers are getting huge and heavy and this places Dodge Ram as King of the Hill.
 

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:lol:
 

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The boom in oil and gas is driving much of this as they tend to use HD trucks.......mostly in white.
 
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