Updated March 19, 2013
Ram upgraded the the towing capacity of its 2013 3500 heavy-duty pickup truck to 30,000 lb., 3.5 tons more than its closest competitor among the Big 3 truckmakers. Gross Combined Weight Rating (weight of the truck, trailer, and cargo) is now 37,600 lb., 7,100 lb. more than the competition. Ram claims best-in-class brake life for the new trucks. A new conventional trailer hitch system is upgraded to Class 5 with a 17,000-lb. load capability and 1,800 pounds of tongue weight for use with 2- or 2.5-in. receivers. A factory-integrated 5th wheel and gooseneck hitch mount is available.
- Three ratings from the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel with up to 385 hp and 800 lb.-ft. of torque
- Standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 pumps out 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. at 3,950 rpm
- Frame constructed of high-strength 50,000-psi steel
- Hydro-formed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimal strength and mass efficiency
- Hotchkiss leaf spring rear suspension on the Ram 3500 improves ride and handling while delivering more towing and payload capacity
- Industry's first four-channel electronic stability control for dual rear-wheel trucks