2013 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity (Full guide and Charts)

The towing capacity in the 2013 Ram 1500 ranges from 4,050 – 10,450 lbs. This is dependent on the cab size, bed size, drive, and most importantly engine. The engine type makes a big difference in the capabilities.

The highest towing capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 of 10,450 lbs is achieved with the 5.7 L V8 HEMI engine, a regular cab with an 8 ft bed, and 4×2 drive.

You should always use your own data to determine your towing capacity either through the manual or by calculating towing capacity on your own by using the weight capacities listed in your truck door.

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.

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2013 Ram 1500 Engine Performance

There are 3 available engines in the Ram 1500. Not every trim is available with each engine, but there are definitely a lot of choices.

We will walk you through the specs of each to help you decide what engine you want, or identify what engine you have if you already have your truck.

3.6 L Pentastar V6 Engine

The Pentastar engine technology was introduced into the RAM 1500 truck in 2013. It will lead the technology for the RAM 1500 for the future.

This engine is less powerful than the Hemi with 269 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,175 rpm and only 305 hp @ 6,400 rpm. Similarly, it can only tow a maximum capacity of 6,500 lbs.

4.7 L Power Plant V8

The 4.7 L engine is the middle in its class for this year. It has 330 lb.-ft @ 3,950 rpm and 310 hp @ 5,650 rpm.

Since it supplies less torque, it has a max towing capacity of 7,700 lbs which is 2,750 lbs lower than the 5.7L engine.

5.7 L Hemi V8 Engine

The 5.7 L V8 engine is the largest engine available in the 2013 RAM 1500 truck.

It has a torque of 407 lb.-ft. @ 3,950 rpm and 395 hp @ 5,600 rpm.

Depending on the compatibility, this engine has a max towing capacity of 10,450 lbs.

Towing Packages

There is only one towing package available in the 2013 RAM 1500 series.

This package is available on the Tradesman and Express trims.

This is the Trailer Brake Control Group. This package includes trailer brake control. To actually support towing, you can add the Class IV trailer hitch to your RAM 1500.

The Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Outdoorsman come with Class IV trailer hitch as a standard, but all trims have a hitch available to add.

Max Towing Capacity by Engine

To determine the towing capacity of your vehicle, you need to know the:

  1. engine type
  2. bed size
  3. cab size
  4. drivetrain
  5. axle ratio

If you know all of these items, then move on to the next section by engine to determine your towing capacity.

If not:

  1. Start with the VIN decoder from Autozone to determine the engine in the vehicle
  2. measure the bed size with a tape measure to determine whether you have a 5 ft 7 in, 6 ft 4 in, or 8 ft bed
  3. The cab size should be evident by whether or not the back doors are full-sized
  4. Drivetrain should be determined with the VIN as well
  5. The axle ratio will likely be listed on the side of the driver’s door on the certification sticker

You can find the GVWR and usually the axle ratio on the Safety Compliance Certification Label on the inside of the driver’s side door.

Related: What is GVWR?

3.6 L Pentastar V6

The 3.6 L V6 engine towing capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 4,050 – 6,500 lbs.

Drive

Axle Ratio

Cab Size

Bed Size

GCWR
(lbs)

Towing Capacity
(lbs)

4x2


3.21

Regular

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,800

4x4

3.21

Regular

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,600

4x2

3.21

Regular

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,650

4x4

3.21

Regular

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,450

4x2

3.21

Regular

8 ft

9,500

4,600

4x4

3.21

Regular

8 ft

9,500

4,450

4x2

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

11,200

6,500

4x4

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

11,200

6,300

4x2

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

11,200

6,350

4x4

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

11,200

6,150

4x2

3.55

Regular

8 ft

11,200

6,300

4x4

3.55

Regular

8 ft

11,200

6,150

4x2 

3.21

Quad

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,400

4x4

3.21

Quad

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,200

4x2

3.21

Quad

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,250

4x4

3.21

Quad

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,050

4x2

3.55

Quad

5 ft 7 in

11,200

6,100

4x4

3.55

Quad

5 ft 7 in

11,200

5,900

4x2

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

11,200

5,950

4x4

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

11,200

5,750

4x2

3.21

Crew

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,350

4x4

3.21

Crew

5 ft 7 in

9,500

4,150

4x2

3.21

Crew

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,250

4x4

3.21

Crew

6 ft 4 in

9,500

4,050

4x2

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

11,200

6,050

4x4

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

11,200

5,850

4x2

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

11,200

5,950

4x4

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

11,200

5,750

4.7 L Power Plant V6

The 4.7 L V6 Flex Fuel V6 engine towing capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 5,750 – 7,700 lbs.

Drive

Axle Ratio

Cab Size

Bed Size

GCWR
(lbs)

Towing Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

11,350

6,450

4x4

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

11,350

6,250

4x2

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

11,350

6,350

4x4

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

11,350

6,100

4x2

3.55

Regular

8 ft

11,350

6,300

4x4

3.55

Regular

8 ft

11,350

6,100

4x2

3.92

Regular

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,700

4x4

3.92

Regular

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,500

4x2

3.92

Regular

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,600

4x4

3.92

Regular

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,350

4x2

3.92

Regular

8 ft

12,600

7,550

4x4

3.92

Regular

8 ft

12,600

7,350

4x2

3.55

Quad

5 ft 7 in

11,350

6,150

4x4


3.55


Quad

5 ft 7 in

11,350

5,950

4x2 

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

11,350

6,000

4x4

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

11,350

5,800

4x2

3.92

Quad

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,400

4x4

3.92

Quad

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,200

4x2

3.92

Quad

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,250

4x4

3.92

Quad

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,050

4x2

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

11,350

6,050

4x4

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

11,350

5,850

4x2

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

11,350

5,950

4x4

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

11,350

5,750

4x2

3.92

Crew

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,300

4x4

3.92

Crew

5 ft 7 in

12,600

7,100

4x2

3.92

Crew

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,200

4x4

3.92

Crew

6 ft 4 in

12,600

7,000

5.7 L V8 HEMI

The 5.7 L V8 HEMI engine towing capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 4,900 – 10,450 lbs.

Drive

Axle Ratio

Cab Size

Bed Size

GCWR
(lbs)

Towing Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

4.10

Regular

5 ft 7 in

10,050

5,050

4x2

4.10

Regular

6 ft 4 in

10,050

4,900

4x2

3.21

Regular

5 ft 7 in

12,100

7,200

4x2

3.21

Regular

6 ft 4 in

12,100

7,050

4x2

3.21

Regular

8 ft

12,100

7,000

4x2

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

14,150

9,250

4x4

3.55

Regular

5 ft 7 in

14,150

9,050

4x2

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

14,150

9,100

4x4

3.55

Regular

6 ft 4 in

14,150

8,900

4x2

3.55

Regular

8 ft

14,150

9,050

4x4

3.55

Regular

8 ft

14,150

8,850

4x2

3.92

Regular

5 ft 7 in

14,100

9,200

4x4

3.92

Regular

5 ft 7 in

14,100

9,000

4x2

3.92

Regular

6 ft 4 in

14,100

9,050

4x4

3.92

Regular

6 ft 4 in

14,100

8,850

4x2

3.92

Regular

8 ft

15,650

10,450

4x4


3.92

Regular

8 ft

15,650

10,350

4x2 

3.21

Quad

5 ft 7 in

12,100

6,800

4x2 

3.55

Quad

5 ft 7 in

14,150

8,850

4x4

3.55

Quad

5 ft 7 in

14,150

8,650

4x2

3.92

Quad

5 ft 7 in

15,650

10,350

4x4

3.92

Quad

5 ft 7 in

15,650

10,150

4x2

3.21

Quad

6 ft 4 in

12,100

6,700

4x2

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

14,150

8,750

4x4

3.55

Quad

6 ft 4 in

14,150

8,500

4x2

3.92

Quad

6 ft 4 in

15,650

10,250

4x4

3.92

Quad

6 ft 4 in

15,650

10,000

4x2

3.21

Crew

5 ft 7 in

12,100

6,750

4x2

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

14,150

8,800

4x4

3.55

Crew

5 ft 7 in

14,150

8,600

4x2

3.92

Crew

5 ft 7 in

15,650

10,300

4x4

3.92

Crew

5 ft 7 in

15,650

10,100

4x2

3.21

Crew

6 ft 4 in

12,000

6,650

4x2 

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

14,150

8,700

4x4

3.55

Crew

6 ft 4 in

14,150

8,450

4x2

3.92

Crew

6 ft 4 in

15,650

10,200

4x4

3.92

Crew

6 ft 4 in

15,650

9,950

2013 RAM 1500 Payload Capacity

The 2013 RAM 1500 can carry between 1,190 to 1,710 lbs of cargo.

3.6 L Pentastar V6

The 3.6 L V6 engine payload capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 1,290 – 1,930 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size


GVWR
(lbs)

Payload Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

Regular


5 ft 7 in

6,010

1,430

4x2

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,025

1,520

4x4

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,300

1,580

4x2

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,010

1,290

4x2

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,025

1,370

4x4

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,300

1,430

4x2

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,910

4x4

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,930

4x2 

Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,700

1,800

4x4

Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,680

4x2

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,700

1,660

4x4

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,540

4x2

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,700

1,750

4x4

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,650

4x2

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,700

1,630

4x4

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,700

1,530

4.7 L Power Plant V6

The 4.7 L V6 engine payload capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 1,190 – 1,750 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

GVWR
(lbs)

Payload Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,025

1,340

4x4

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,350

1,440

4x2

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,025

1,190

4x4

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,350

1,290

4x2

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,750

4x4

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,550

4x2 

Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,700

1,690

4x4

Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,570

4x2

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,700

1,550

4x4

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,420

4x2

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,690

4x4

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,490

4x2

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,570

4x4

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,370

5.7 L V8 HEMI

The 5.7 L V8 HEMI 8-speed engine payload capacity in the 2013 RAM 1500 ranges from 1,220 – 1,710 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

GVWR
(lbs)

Payload Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,200

1,370

4x2

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,350

1,620

4x4

Regular

5 ft 7 in

6,350

1,420

4x2

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,200

1,220

4x2

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,350

1,470

4x4

Regular

6 ft 4 in

6,350

1,280

4x2

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,710

4x4

Regular

8 ft

6,600

1,470

4x2

Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,700

1,610

4x4


Quad

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,480

4x2 

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,700

1,470

4x4

Quad

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,340

4x2

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,660

4x4

Crew

5 ft 7 in

6,800

1,430

4x2

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,540

4x4

Crew

6 ft 4 in

6,800

1,310

Ram 1500 Trims

The Ram 1500 in 2013 family has 10 trims.

  • Tradesman
  • Express
  • SLT
  • HFE
  • Big Horn
  • Outdoorsman
  • Lone Star
  • Sport
  • Laramie
  • Laramie Longhorn

Each of these models has various options for customization, engine selection, cab size, and bed size.

For more information about the newest Trim Levels of the current RAM 1500 read RAM 1500 Trim Levels.

Ram 1500 Cab Sizes

The 2013 Ram 1500 has three cab sizes. These are the Regular cab, Quad cab, and Crew cab.

The Regular Cab has only one row of seating but the other two options have two rows and can seat up to 6 passengers.

For more information on the difference between the Quad cab vs Crew cab read here.

Ram 1500 Bed Sizes

The Ram 1500 only has three bed sizes. They have a 5′ 7″ bed, a 6′ 4″ bed, and an 8 ft bed.

The 8 ft bed is only available with the Regular Cab

This bed type is a fleetside truck meaning that the wheel wells stick out into the bed of the truck making the shape no longer perfectly rectangular. This is very common for trucks.

Conclusion

The 2013 Ram 1500 has a towing capacity ranging from 4,050 – 10,450 lbs.

The engine type, drive, cab size, and bed size can all impact the towing capacity.

You should always do your own towing capacity calculations before you ever tow anything, especially those that are close to these limits.

If you need help calculating your towing capacity, I wrote an entire article that walks you through the steps to calculate your towing capacity along with other considerations you need to make when towing.

The resources used for this information were taken from the 2013 RAM 1500 ebrochure.

For more information on towing with your 2013 RAM 1500 truck, check the owner’s manual.

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