• Jul 29, 2009
To paraphrase – Dodge: "Gosh, the Ram is even better than we thought." That's essentially the explanation given as to why the Ram's maximum towing capacity has been bumped from 9,100 pounds to 10,450 without any apparent hardware changes. Now fully coil-sprung, Chrysler initially said this new setup (as opposed to leaf springs) offers significantly better ride quality, and since research indicated that 80 percent of owners tow just 6,000 pounds or less, joining the fracas of half ton trucks that can drag around five tons or more wasn't the most important benchmark for the new Ram.

While the stated goal at the time of the new 2009 Ram's launch was to at least match what the previous Ram could do, another look at the latest SAE testing protocols for tow ratings suggested that more brawn had indeed been baked into the new truck. As such, a 2010 two-wheel drive longbed Ram with the 5.7-liter Hemi and 3.92 rear end gets a 1,500 pound bump in gross combined vehicle weight rating to 15,500 pounds. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is the absolute maximum the truck is guaranteed to handle without damage – passengers, payload, trailer and all.

There are other detail changes for 2010, such as trailer-towing mirrors in manual or power specification, an efficiency tweak to the airdam, available iPod integration and 22-inch wheels, along with an engine management revision to eke some more efficiency out of the truck by shutting off fuel during deceleration.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Computer "software" update allow for more power?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most 1/2 Tons have a advice by the manufacturer they not suitable for towing 5th wheelers. So these PR "Towing figures" by manufacturers are laughable. An average 1/2 ton can in the real world tow a smallish 25ft 5th wheel, bu that is about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhh..Pickuptrucks.com also forgot that the 2010 Ram also gets a trailer brake controller.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually read somewhere that it there was a change in the gear ratio. Still, I'd rather take the F150 over the Dodge, and trust me, I love both brands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "There are other detail changes for 2010, such as trailer-towing mirrors in manual or power specification, an efficiency tweak to the airdam, available iPod integration and 22-inch wheels, along with an engine management revision to eke some more efficiency out of the truck by shutting off fuel during deceleration."

      Looks like Dodge is sweating the details. This how it's done by the Japanese. A little improvement here and a little there and over time you have vehicle that is well regarded and sells.

      I agree with the others here. You don't tow 10,000 lbs. with an half ton.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One could tow 15,000 pounds with a 1/2 ton, but I wouldn't recommend it for long. Its tow rating is just what Chrysler is comfortable and confident the truck can handle. My guess is that they weren't totally confident for the first year, but after more testing, real life scenarios, they became confident.

      Or, they just wanted to add artificial "improvements" after the first year.

      I have never owned a truck, let alone towed anything, but if you tow ~9,000-10,000 lbs all the time, you'd want to step up to a 3/4 ton, right? I imagine its best not to tax your truck by towing at the limit all the time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No apparent changes = doesn't mean they didn't change springs or bushings or something like that. Tuning can make a lot of difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah...so Dodge is taking a page out of Ford's book.

      Not good Dodge...not good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt is correct. Ford did the same thing a couple of years ago with zero changes to the F-150.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you have springs you can put some air bags in the springs and that will offer the best ride you can buy or can get.

      I could undertstand the rating to go up due to springs but they could be uprated springs thus the reason for no upgrades as such.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The last sentence claims that fuel will be shut off during decel, this happens anyway if your foot is not on the pedal. ?????
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you look at me on paper, Im also great : 6'3", short brown hair, brown eyes, 174 pounds. But in real life Im ugly as ****. XD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is that 7 speed double clutch at?
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