Originally Posted by sideout1961
I am looking at this truck from a local dealer and just for ha ha's I put the vin number into dodges web site and it's telling me 2489 payload and 8550 max tow! Does this sound right for a 2500? I called the dealer and claims it's a typo on their site. They say it's more 11500 for towing. Are they giving me a line of BS?
According to the 2011 Trailer Life Towing Guide, a 2011 RAM 2500 Crew Cab, Shortbed 4X4 with 5speed auto and 3.73 gears shows a max Trailer weight
of 8,600 lbs. 4.10 gears would pull 11,600 lbs with NO other changes such as brakes, springs etc.
So, the only thing I see that would be affected if you wanted to tow heavier than 10,550 would be engine and transmission....maybe. Like, the trans may upshift and downshift more often and may run hotter on hills etc. because it's working a little harder to make up for the higher gear ratio of the rear end. But, with the newer 6 speed trannys, it should handle it alot better that my old 2001 Chevy 1500HD 6.0 gasser with the 4 speed overdrive w/3.73 gears.
I almost never could use overdrive while towing our 2011 Lacresse 303RLS which probably weight in at 9,000 lbs (give or take). I think my door sticker said the truck was rated at 8500 lbs trailer tow. Plus, I used to throw our 900 lb golf cart in the bed on top of it all for those long trips.
The old truck handled the weight it was carrying (golf cart + trailer tongue) without rear end sag and was a breeze to drive except for the constant shifting unless I took it out of overdrive. So, don't over analyze it,
and have a few