The 2021 Ram 1500 towing capacity is a maximum of 12,750 pounds. However, this number will vary based on trim level, engine specs, configuration, and other factors you'll want to consider when choosing your next truck in the Mount Pocono and Tobyhanna areas.

To help you get a better idea of how much the 2021 Ram 1500 can tow, our team at Ray Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) put together this Ram towing capacity guide. If you want to put one of these trucks to the test, contact our dealership, serving the Stroudsburg, Scranton, and East Stroudsburg areas. 

STANDARD RAM 1500 TOWING CAPACITY BY TRIM LEVEL

Tradesman

7,740 pounds

Tradesman HFE

6,760 pounds

Big Horn

6,740 pounds

Laramie

6,640 pounds

Rebel

7,440 pounds

Limited Longhorn

6,340 pounds

Limited

8,420 pounds

TRX

8,100 pounds

 

What Towing Capacity Is, Why It Matters, and Reaching Maximum Capacity

Towing capacity is the weight your truck can pull while towing. It includes the weight of any trailer you may be using, as well as the item you plan to tow. This can be a boat, RV, horse trailer, building materials, or something else.

Knowing your truck's maximum towing capacity is important because it allows you to accurately predict your truck's capability when you put it to work.

For example, a boat trailer may weigh anywhere from 300 to 1,512 pounds, while the average sailboat is approximately 7,000 pounds. Therefore, you'd need a truck with a towing capacity of 8,512 pounds to accommodate it.

With a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds, the Ram 1500 can easily tow this weight. So, how do you reach the 12,750 pounds of maximum towing? It's a matter of properly equipping your truck with the right engine and accommodating features. If you need to have the maximum 12,750 pounds, you can do so by choosing the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with eTorque technology.

Ram Towing Capacity by Engine: 3.6L Pentastar® V6

This powertrain helps you tow small boats and equipment trailers. 

Horsepower

305 HP

Torque

269 lb-ft

Maximum Towing Capacity

7,730 pounds

Trim Level (standard)

Tradesman, Tradesman HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn

 

For the 2021 Ram 1500, this engine generates 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. It also has a towing capacity of 7,730 pounds when properly equipped. It comes standard on the Tradesman, Tradesmen HFE, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, and Limited Longhorn trim levels.

It's equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission with eTorque. eTorque is a mild hybrid system that optimizes shift changes for maximum efficiency, performance, drivability, and towing capacity.

5.7L HEMI® V8 without eTorque and Ram 1500 Towing

With the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, your Ram 1500 pickup can tow small cars and car trailers, midsize boats, and small RVs. 

Horsepower

395 HP

Torque

410 lb-ft

Maximum Towing Capacity

11,610 pounds

Trim Levels (standard)

Limited

 

This engine turns up the power, increasing your engine output, as well as your towing capacity. Like the other powertrains, it comes with either 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It come standard on the Limited trim.

5.7L HEMI® V8 with eTorque

To reach the maximum towing capacity with your 2021 Ram 1500, you'll want the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with eTorque. This can tow lightly loaded horse trailers, RVs, sailboats, and even other pickup trucks.

Horsepower

395 HP

Torque

410 lb-ft

Maximum Towing Capacity

12,750 pounds

Trim Levels (standard)

None

 

This powertrain can attribute its increase in towing capacity to the addition of the eTorque mild hybrid system, which not only improves fuel economy, but also gives your towing capacity an extra boost.

3.0L EcoDiesel V6

The EcoDiesel motor is as much about towing as it is about receiving the highest available fuel economy. 

Horsepower

260

Torque

480 lb-ft

Maximum Towing Capacity

12,560 pounds

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

33 highway MPG1

Standard Trims

None

The unique design of the EcoDiesel motor gives it an advantage in everyday use, especially if you're travelling a long way to reach the worksite.

Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8

Boasting a strong towing capacity and even more impressive on-road performance, the supercharged V8 is one that will dazzle in all scenarios. 

Horsepower

702

Torque

650 lb-ft

Maximum Towing Capacity

8,100 pounds

Standard Trims

TRX


A bevvy of performance benefits come when choosing the supercharged V8. For instance, your truck will hit 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. It's only available on the TRX trim, yet is a favorite for many, thanks to its seemingly gravity-defying capability and the sheer fun that comes from laying on the gas pedal.

Other Factors That Affect Towing Capacity

While your engine specs can play a big part in your 2021 Ram 1500 towing capacity, there are several other factors to consider, as well.

The drivetrain, for example, is something to look at. Most of the Ram 1500 trim levels come with either 2-wheel drive (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). While 4WD is better suited to off-roading or tackling more rugged terrain, 2WD tends to have a higher towing capacity.

Also, be sure to consider your cabin configuration. The Quad Cab seats up to six passengers and has a higher towing capacity. The Crew Cab also seats six, but it offers even more legroom. The trade-off for the extra cabin space, however, is a lower towing capacity. This is due to a difference in curb weight.

Don't Forget About Hauling Payload!

While towing capacity is the star of the show, payload is just as important for an everyday work truck. The 2021 Ram 1500 registers an impressive number here as well, reaching a maximum payload of 2,300 pounds!

Learn More About the 2021 Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

The best way to know if your 2021 Ram 1500 towing capacity is right for your drives around Mount Pocono, Scranton, and East Stroudsburg is to work one on one with a member of your dealership's sales team.

They can tell you more about the specs that each configuration offers and make sure you choose the right one for you.

Drivers near Tobyhanna and Stroudsburg can contact Ray Price CDJR to test drive a Ram truck today!

1Class based on light-duty pickups and EPA-estimated MPG with 3.0L 8-speed turbodiesel 1500 HFE model. Actual mileage may vary.

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