Originally Posted by goduc
You can't use that logic for the Ram. It only has one GVW, but different payload ratings.
Max GVW is 6800lbs. The more you load the truck with higher trim levels the lower the payload goes.
Ford on the other hand has 4 GVW ratings. 7200,7650,7700 and 8200 thru 2014. 2015 is a different animal.
You can get a Lariat in the 7200 -8200 GVW. So say you have 7200 GVW Lariat and want more payload. Adding bags would give you the same rating per say as a 7650-7700 maxtow.
You can't do that with ram because they don't have a max/HD tow option. The max is the lowest reg cab 2wd 8' bed V6 version. The more you add the more you lose. Theirs no upside in Ram configurations.
Rams RAWR is maxed at 3900lbs. That's the only one listed.
Ford goes from IIRC 3750-4050-4800(HD)
Good to know about the Dodge. I would still contend that the major limiting factor is the suspension. Seen any Dodge 1500's with broken frames and axles lately? Me neither.