If you’re planning a camper, trailer, moving, or using a truck for work, you might be wondering, how much can a 2021 RAM 1500 truck tow. Half-ton pickup trucks have come a long way, not just in safety or technology, but towing and easier towing have been at the forefront of truck engineers. This means, that over the years, towing capacity has increased substantially.

There are several factors to consider when looking at how much a RAM 1500 can tow. Drivetrain, engine, transmission, rear-axle ratio, box length, number of passengers, suspension, hitch type, and even trim level can affect the towing capacity. Usually, the more loaded with features the truck is, the heavier it is and therefore less towing capacity.

In this article, seen as we are based in Wyoming, we will covering only RAM 1500 4×4 trucks.

Exactly How Much Can a 2021 RAM 1500 Tow (4×4)

Below is a list of a few various truck combinations with the MAX conventional trailer weight rating. These numbers are taken from the 2021 RAM Product Info sheet (not all combinations are covered).


EngineBoxTransmissionAxle RatioGVWRPayloadMAX Trailer Weight Rating (lbs)
3.6L V65’7″A8 845RE3.21690018106,410
3.0L V-6
5’7″A8 8HP753.92720018009,710
5.7L V-8
5’7″A8 8HP753.21710018408,190
5.7L V-8
5’7″A8 8HP753.927100184011,290
3.6L V66’4″A8 845RE3.55690017707,390
3.0L V-6
6’4″A8 8HP753.92720017509,550
5.7L V-8
6’4″A8 8HP753.21710017908,200
5.7L V-8
6’4″A8 8HP753.927100179011,300
Payload and Max Trailer Weights are ESTIMATED values.

What is GVWR?

GVWR is an acronym for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and refers to the total maximum allowable weight of a fully-loaded vehicle. To find out the GVWR of your truck, check the VIN sticker on the driver door jamb.

Much Can a 2021 RAM 1500 Truck Tow. RAM 1500 Towing a speed boat
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Available features on the 2021 RAM 1500 to assist with towing

  • Power folding tow mirrors
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • Trailer Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Wired Trailer Camera Prep Kit
  • Trailer Light Check

The Trailer-Tow Group (package) has; Class IV Receiver Hitch, Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Light Check, Reverse Steering Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System for Trailer, and UConnect 4 with 8.4″ Display (on some configurations).

Now you know, How Much Can a 2021 RAM 1500 Truck Tow. Well, at least a Tradesman trim. For more information on towing check out our post on How to Find Your Trucks Towing Capacity by VIN Number.

Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan. Lauren is a member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association.

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