Best Trucks for Towing


Our vehicles serve many purposes, beyond getting us from point A to point B. If you need to haul heavy equipment or support your hobby of cruising the waterways, you may want a truck that is capable of bringing along a boat, RV, or trailer. If this is the case, you need the power and strength of the all-new RAM 1500 truck, now available at Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM serving Los Angeles and Van Nuys, CA. Look to the or its heavier-duty cousins at your local Thousand Oaks, CA auto dealership.

Towing Terms Explained

If you’re new to the market and are trying to evaluate towing capabilities and features, there are a few terms to know.

  • GCWR: Gross Combined Weight Rating is the combined truck and trailer weight for which a truck is rated.
  • GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating is the combined weights and rating of each axle on a truck. In general, rear axles have a higher rating because they have to handle more of the hauling and towing.
  • GCWR: Gross Combined Weight Rating is the combined truck and trailer weight for which a truck is rated.
  • GTWR: Gross Trailer Weight Rating is the weight a trailer can handle. It’s calculated by combining the weight of the trailer and cargo together. This rating is usually listed on a tag near the trailer’s tongue or on one of the wheel wells.
  • Payload: This is what you can safely haul in the truck bed. The RAM 1500 payload ranges from 1,528-2,320 pounds depending on the engine and truck bed size.
  • Towing Capacity: This refers to the weight a truck can pull. The RAM 1500 can tow between 6,280–7,520 pounds.

RAM Models Great for Towing

The RAM 1500 truck has the capability to haul what you need, especially when fitted with a factory-installed tow package that combines electrical components, the proper hitch, and trailer sway control. If you need even more power for heavier jobs, like a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer, you can choose the added muscle of the RAM 2500 or RAM 3500.

If you’re looking for a RAM 1500 or you need to see which RAM truck fits your needs, come to Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM at 3888 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA or call 805-496-1434. If you want a lighter vehicle that is still capable of hauling, there are plenty of other options, including the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.