Ram Heavy Duty Offers Highest Available Gooseneck Towing Capacity



The 2021 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 16,828 kg with a gooseneck hitch.

“Ram regains capability leadership by delivering the highest ever torque rating for a diesel pickup truck and heaviest gooseneck towing capacity,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram Brand CEO - Stellantis. “We understand the attributes that are most important to our customers within the heavy-duty segment; they demand hardworking, long-lasting capability.”

Working closely with Cummins, the diesel engine improvements for 2021 include higher limits for boost from a variable geometry turbocharger and flow rate increases in the fuel delivery system. This enables the 6.7 l I6 to produce an additional 75 lb ft of torque. This improvement ranks the Cummins engine ahead of the competition with 1,075 lb ft of torque, while maintaining the diesel’s hallmark durability and efficiency.

The rear portion of Ram Heavy Duty’s frame includes fully boxed rails and the rear-axle structural crossmember, with provisions for a 5th-wheel and gooseneck hitch, has been upgraded for 2021 to accommodate the increased towing capacity. The optional hardware is fully integrated into the production box floor and includes 5th-wheel pucks, gooseneck bolt plates and gooseneck center castings. Additionally, the standard 4/7-pin trailer connector at the bumper and an additional 7-pin connector are integrated into the rear of the bed to easily wire a trailer (included in 5th-wheel/gooseneck option).

An available covered external power source (400 W 115 V, 3-prong) is located at the left rear corner of the bed. This plug features a water resistant lid and includes a 400 W inverter.

The towing uprating is made possible by an in-house hitch design from Ram Engineering. The upgraded capability allows the Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry. Maximum conventional hitch maximum trailer weight ratings for 2021 is 10,432 kg.

Source: FCA (now Stellantis)

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