2019 Ram 2500 Towing Guide

If you're considering getting a full-sized pickup truck that is capable of handling tough jobs, take a look at the 2019 Ram 2500. Our team at Petersen CDJR in Waupaca, WI, put together this towing guide to help you research the Ram 2500. Continue reading to learn more, and if you have any questions, give us a call at (715) 602-4629 or send us a message.

What is the Maximum Towing Capacity of the Ram 2500?

The standard engine for the 2019 Ram 2500, a 6.4L HEMI® V8, can tow up to 16,320 lbs. If you're looking to tow more than that, you'll want to choose the available 6.7L Cummins® turbo diesel I6 engine. This engine can tow 19,780 lbs, perfect for hauling large items such as loaded hay wagons or livestock trailers.

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Towing Capacity by Engine

The 2019 Ram 2500 comes standard with a powerful 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine. This impeccable engine is capable of heavy-duty towing jobs, including construction equipment, building materials, and even campers. The 6.7L Cummins® turbo diesel I6 engine is available on all trims except for the Power Wagon®. Upgrade to the diesel engine to get maximum towing out of your Ram 2500.

ENGINE 6.4L HEMI® V8 6.7L Cummins® turbo diesel I6
HORSEPOWER 410 horsepower
370 horsepower
TORQUE 429 lb.-ft. of torque
850 lb.-ft. of torque
Max. payload 4,050 lbs.
3,260 lbs.
Max. towing 16,320 lbs.
19,780 lbs.
Trims Standard on the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Power Wagon®, Laramie Longhorn®, & Limited Available on the Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn®, & Limited

Towing Tech Features

With the 2019 Ram 2500, you won't be left hanging. Take a look at some of these available features that will make your tow job even easier.

360° Surround View Camera

The 360° Surround View Camera with Trailer Reverse Guidance View makes it much easier for you to back up and estimate tight spaces, as it uses five cameras to give you a complete 360-degree view so that you don't have to worry about blind spots.

Trailer Reverse Guidance View

This function helps you back your Ram 2500 up to your trailer effortlessly. You won't have to guess the amount of space you have the next time you go to hook up your trailer.

Bed Lowering

Towing is made even easier with Bed Lowering Mode. This mode enables you to bring the rear suspension to its lowest position for easier trailer hook-up.

Important Towing Terms to Know

Towing terminology includes many acronyms that can get confusing at times. Take a look below at all of the important towing terms you should know.


GCVW stands for Gross Combined Vehicle Weight. This is the total combined weight of a fully loaded vehicle. This includes passengers, payload, and everything in tow.


This is the Gross Vehicle Weight. This is the total weight of a fully loaded vehicle, including passengers and payload, but not towing.


Gross Trailer Weight is the total weight of the trailer, plus all of the cargo that's in it.

Curb Weight

Curb weight is the weight of a vehicle without any passengers or cargo, but including all of the necessary fuel, fluids, and standard equipment.

Axle Ratio

The axle ratio is the ratio between the revolutions per minute (RPM) of the driveshaft and the rear axle. Generally, a higher number means more towing power; a lower number means better engine efficiency. Higher axle ratios also offer more towing power and quicker acceleration, while lower axle ratios offer better engine efficiency and quieter running.

Trailer Tongue Weight

Trailer Tongue Weight is the downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer coupler. In most cases, it should fall between 10 to 25 percent of the Gross Trailer Weight (GTW).


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