2017 Ram Trucks Towing & Payload Capacity near Burlington, VT

2017 Ram trucks payload and towing capacity

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How do you plan on using your Ram pickup truck? Depending on your answer, you'll need to choose the right model that has the towing and payload capacity to meet your needs. If your truck doesn't have the capability you require, you can risk damaging your truck, whatever you're towing and hauling, or even yourself. To make sure you find the right truck to meet your exact towing and payload demands, the product experts at our Ram dealership near Burlington, VT have put together this comprehensive review of 2017 Ram trucks towing and payload capacity.

What is Towing & Payload Capacity?

The towing capacity of your pickup truck is referring to the maximum amount of weight it can tow, whether that's a trailer, boat, or other equipment. The payload capacity is referring to the maximum amount of weight your pickup truck can carry in both passengers and cargo in the cab and bed.

In addition to knowing your towing and payload capacity, you should also be aware of your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR), and Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). The GVWR is the total weight of a fully loaded vehicle, including passengers and payload, but excluding all towing. The GTWR is the total weight of the trailer plus all the cargo in it. The GCWR is the GVWR plus the GTWR, and assumes the vehicle is properly equipped and gives a 150-lb. allowance for the driver.

GVWR [Curb Weight + Cargo Weight + Passenger Weight] + GTWR [Trailer Cargo + Trailer Weight] = GCWR

Knowing your Gross Combined Vehicle Weight (GCVW) gives you an idea of how much capability you'll need.

Why it Matters

It's important to know the maximum towing and payload capacity to ensure you don't overload your truck and potentially damage it, your cargo, or yourself. Payload and towing weights also affect each other. If you're towing a heavy trailer load, make sure to lighten your payload, and vice versa.

2017 Ram trucks payload capacity

Depending on how much capability you need, you'll either need a "light-duty" pickup truck, like the Ram 1500, or a "heavy-duty" pickup truck, like the Ram 2500 or Ram 3500.

Ram 1500

The 2017 Ram 1500 is an incredibly capable pickup truck that is ideal for a variety of light-duty tasks, including towing boats, ATVs, and trailers. It offers a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,880 lbs. Check out our available models, starting at $26,495 MSRP, in our new Ram 1500 inventory.

Ram 2500

The 2017 Ram 2500 is a pickup truck with unbeatable strength and is ideal for many heavy-duty tasks, including towing horses and RVs. It offers a maximum payload capacity of 3,990 lbs. and a maximum towing capacity of 17,980 lbs. Check out our available models, starting at $32,145 MSRP, in our new Ram 2500 inventory.

Ram 3500

The 2017 Ram 3500 is the pickup truck you turn to when you need the biggest heavy-duty tasks completed with ease. It offers a maximum payload capacity of 7,390 lbs. and an astounding maximum towing capacity of 31,210 lbs. Check out our available models, starting at $33,245 MSRP, in our new Ram 3500 inventory.

Call or Visit Midstate CDJR in Barre, VT for More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding towing and payload capacity, any of the pickup trucks in our Ram inventory, or would like to schedule a test drive, give the Midstate Ram team a call at (802) 461-4928, fill out our contact form, or visit our Ram dealership in Barre, VT. Don't forget to check out our global incentives to see if you qualify for savings on your next Ram pickup truck.

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