I thought to stick this in a separate post from the original thread since
it might make it easier to search the next time someone is looking for
Answers found. Contrary to some numbers provided by others and some
resulting debate, the sales literature available from the dealership made
it all much clearer.
As Tom Lawrence correctly stated, the MAXIMUM *TOWING*
CAPACITY of the '06
Ram 3500 is in fact 16,250 pounds - AND - read the fine print.
The fine print says "WHEN PROPERLY EQUIPPED". Now, as applied to the 3500,
"Properly Equipped" to achieve the 16,250-lb maximum towing capacity means
of the following configuration specifications:
1 - Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine, mandatory
2 - SINGLE Rear Wheels! (Sorry dually fans, the DRW option reduces the max
tow capacity by 400 pounds to compensate for the added weight of that
3 - 2 Wheel Drive! (Sorry again 4X4 fans, the 4X4 option reduces the max
tow capacity by another 400 pounds to compensate for the added weight of
4 - 4.10:1 rear axle ratio required (with the 3.73 you actually sacrifice
a whopping 2000 lbs of your towing capacity)
5 - Automatic transmission (the manual tranny was rated 3000 lbs less)
6 - Long bed. (Long bed vs short bed had only 50 lbs impact, oddly the
long bed was rated higher. Go figure)
IMPORTANT - Don't confuse GCWR ratings with TOWING capacity. The GCWR
number (23,000 lbs) means the combined weight of the tow vehicle plus the
weight you are wanting to tow (GCWR = Weight of fully-loaded truck + the
weight of the fully-loaded trailer, the two weights added together).
Finally, 2500 vs 3500? No big surprises here. From the *SPECS*
the 3500 out-pulls a similarly equipped 2500 by approx. 2,750 pounds. But
wait a second... On the 2500 (again from published specs) the axle ratio
(3.73 vs 4.10) suddenly makes no difference, both being rated at 13,400
pounds. I don't know about you but this makes me a bit suspicious here.
Why would the 4.10 rear-end boost the 3500's tug specs but not the 2500's?
Honestly? Methinks the only reason to get a 3500 (other than bragging
rights) would be to get the dually. I think the trucks are otherwise
closer to being two peas in a pod than Chryco would have (or want) us to