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Old 07-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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5th wheel towing capacity - 2015 Ram 3500

Looking at purchasing a 2015 Ram 3500 w/6.7 liter Cummins. The tow charts show tow capacity to be 17k lbs. I'be been told that number is for the traditional rear hitch. They then claim 5th wheel capacity for the 3500 6.7l crew cab w/the 68rfe transmission is 30k lbs.

Is this true or false? I'be not found anything in writing validating this.
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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I know that the newest Ram 3500 Dually optioned correctly with all the towing options is 30,000 lbs. You need things like the HO Engine with 850ft.lbs. torque the better transmission and maybe a few other towing goodies.

Now as with the other manufactures I am thinking the truck can pull a 30,000lb hay wagon. How much weight can you put onto the truck could be another story.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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Do you haven ore info on truck specs? 4x4 or 4x2, bed length, gear ratio, SRW or drw, can type, etc. will make a difference in capacities. I have full line 2015 ram HD brochure in front of me.
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Old 07-23-2015, 12:37 AM   #4
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Me thinks that 30,000 is a 2wd DRW reg cab diesel with the Aisin option and 4.10 gears.
https://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/tow...ing_charts.pdf
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Me thinks that 30,000 is a 2wd DRW reg cab diesel with the Aisin option and 4.10 gears.
https://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/tow...ing_charts.pdf

Cumminsfan is correct. The 68rfe can't get close to 30,000.


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If you go to ram trucks.com and click on the "towing and capability" link at the top of the page, it will take you to a page where you can enter the actual VIN# of the truck and then show you the exact towing specs with each weight spec for that actual truck...do NOT trust the dealership as I have learned most of them base their technical knowledge on commercials they have seen on TV....I am constantly teaching my dealership new things about these trucks it seems....it is really sad, but they just do not get much real training on any of the true features of these vehicles.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:29 PM   #7
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Another site to use is Ram Body Builders. Com, this site list all of the towing information on all of the Ram trucks. Click on 2015 trucks, you will than click on the model 1500, 2500 and 3500 year of your choice. Then under the 3500 truck on the RH side is the Towing information.

Now I believe that Rams states any trailer over 10,000 LBS require either a goose neck or 5th wheel hitch. This is a foot note on the towing pages.

Keep in mind that you may need a Class A license to use the max towing weight vehicle when towing a trailer. I know in IL any truck with a Gross weight over 10,000 LBS and any trailer with a Gross weight over 16,001 LBS will require a class A license non CDL to legal tow this combination.

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2015 RAM 4:10's Aisin 385HP 865TQ Combined 32,540# including 100 gallons water. 37,800# GCWR

Handles the load VERY well.

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Thanks, this is great info. Will do.
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Tnx, it's a 4wd dually w/6.7 l diesel & 3.42 rear end.
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Mccumbie, tnx for the info. I did try that website, but it doesn't have vehicles mfg'd in 2015.
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Chart above says GCVWR of 25300 lbs with DRW and the 3.42 gears. That truck will weigh in at about 9,000 lbs with a hitch and driver in cab. Leaving 16,300 lbs for trailer. My 2014 with a 2015 Dynamax Trilogy 38RL grosses at 25410 without food or clothes for trip. But that is a heavy 5er as a residential camper. My 4.10 geared maxtow pulls it easily.
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So basically you need a 3500 SRW to safely pull anything over 17K and even then you're on the edge. If you want to have reasonable margins you want a 3500 DRW.

I don't remember how this works, does the 4.10 get the worst or best mileage?
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My truck with 4.10's didn't do so well on mileage for about the first 3,000 miles, but I also dropped the pressure in the tires to soften up the ride. To bring the trailer home I put the tires at recommended pressure, and just for fun I'm leaving it there to see what the mileage does. So far I've gained about 2 mpg around town, which puts me at about 15 according to the EVIC. I'm at roughly 16 if I keep it under 63 mph when unloaded. Bringing the trailer back I got roughly 9 mpg at 63 and the same mileage at 75.

I would recommend the 4.10's to anyone.


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