FCA just launched a new salvo in the ongoing heavy-duty truck war, announcing that the latest 2021 Ram HD boasts the highest tow rating in its class with an available gooseneck towing capacity of 37,100 pounds.
By comparison, the latest 2021 Chevy Silverado 3500HD posts a max trailering (fifth wheel / gooseneck) rating of 36,000 pounds, while the 2020 Ford Super Duty is rated at 37,000 pounds.
Making the higher tow ratings possible on the 2021 Ram HD are a number of updates, including changes to the 6.7L I6 Cummins diesel engine. The diesel engine now include higher boost limits from a variable geometry turbocharger, and flow rate increases in the fuel delivery system as well. The net result of these changes is an additional 75 pound-feet of torque, placing peak output at 1,075 pound-feet.
The new 2021 Ram HD also comes with upgrades to the underlying supports. “The optional fifth-wheel and gooseneck hardware is fully integrated into the production box floor and includes fifth-wheel pucks, gooseneck bolt plates and gooseneck center castings,” FCA sates.
The Ram HD is equipped with fully boxed rails and a structural rear-axle crossmember to help it handle the high towing capacity. The pickup also comes with a standard 4/7-pin trailer connector in the bumper and an additional 7-pin connector in the rear of the bed for easier wiring options.
“The 37,100-pound tow uprating is made possible by an in-house hitch design from Ram Engineering,” FCA states. “The upgraded capability allows the Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry.”
With a conventional rear-mounted hitch, the 2021 Ram HD can pull 23,000 pounds, while max payload is rated at 7,680 pounds.
Further updates offered by the latest 2021 Ram HD include a digital rearview mirror, which will display realtime video captured by a rear-facing camera to make backward maneuvers easier with a less-obstructed view. The camera can be turned off to provide a traditional reflective rear-facing mirror, if desired.