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Old 07-21-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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2019 Ram payload capacity

I know there are a wide range of opinions on half ton pickups and that there are many that will work for towing a 5.0TA. We just took delivery of our new 2019 Ram that we ordered to pull our soon to be ordered 5.0TA and I thought I'd share some specifics because payload capacity is often the biggest issue with pickups, most have plenty of towing capacity. Ram increased the payload capacities with their redesigned truck for 2019 which was a big factor in our purchase. And knowing that in the real world, the actual payload capacity of any truck is less than the standard chart capacity of a basic truck with no options, I was curious to see how ours would come out. We ordered a Quad Cab, 6'4" bed, 5.7 Hemi V8 Lone Star which is a fairly basic trim level. Not many options - tow mirrors/brake controller, 33 gallon gas tank, and a few creature comforts. The standard chart payload for this truck is 1,980 pounds. Adding the larger gas tank took a bite out of that because the gas tank weight is counted full of gas, and then the weight of any other added options also lowers payload capacity. I was pleased to see that our actual payload capacity came in at 1,804 pounds, which should be plenty adequate for towing the 5.0TA. The truck's towing capacity is 8,590.

If you're out looking at trucks, check the standard payload capacity charts and then take a look at the sticker on the door frame of each truck and you may be surprised to find out how much lower the actual payload capacity can be depending on what options are added to the truck.

Seems like most pickups these days have crew cabs and shorter beds. We pulled a small 5th wheel for many years with a 98 Ram quad cab, found the smaller back seat to have adequate cargo space for us, and prefer having a bigger bed - the 6'4" bed allows me to put a tool box in front of the hitch. There are lots of ways to pull a 5.0TA, just passing this along in the spirit of sharing info with the group - I have certainly gained much knowledge and benefited from many of your posts in recent months as we continue to learn about Escape and plan our own adventure.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:14 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting the info. As expected, the 2019 Ram is in the same payload ballpark as the F-150. IMO that is great news!
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Thanks for the post, David. Is the Quadcab the largest cab on the Ram?
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Thanks for the post, David. Is the Quadcab the largest cab on the Ram?
NO , Standard , Quad , Crew
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Thanks for the post, David. Is the Quadcab the largest cab on the Ram?
No, the Quad Cab is what I think others call the extended cab. The crew cab is the big one, has a huge back seat but then you also get a shorter bed.
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They do make a crew cab with the 6’4” bed ,but not many on dealers lots
My. Fishing buddy has one, it’s a 2017
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Thanks, for sure would want the longer bed with the 5.0 trailer. Also, I would think the 5.7 Hemi provides pleny of power and torque! Nice looking truck!
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:22 PM   #8
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Thanks, for sure would want the longer bed with the 5.0 trailer. Also, I would think the 5.7 Hemi provides pleny of power and torque! Nice looking truck!
I've seen photos in another thread of a short bed pickup with a 5.0TA turned ninety degrees sideways and not touching the cab - I think they have designed the trailer with the hitch pin further forward than most fifth wheels so that it can work with a short bed truck since they are so common. I still prefer the longer bed just to have the extra cargo space.
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They may well have had Trademasters in Chilliwack install their hitch. They have been custom installing them in short beds farther back then is normal. At least that's how it looked to me.
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Check you spare tire underneath the bed, mine was a temporary, if your spare is the same you will need a full sized wheel and tire, something to argue with the dealer while still new...
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