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97ram2500 12-28-2010 12:58 PM

ram 2500 auto. how much weight is safe?
I just bought a 97 ram 2500 with the 5.9 V8. It's an automatic and has a tranny cooler.
It has 143k miles on it. What can it safely tow and not tear up the transmission. I won't tow with it all the time. But might end up getting a farm tractor to restore and would have to haul it. I'm in high school and a friend and I were think about raising some animals and I'd have to haul them off to the fair. (funny he has the farm but I have the truck)

I figure the most I would ever tow would be a tandem axle car trailer with a tractor, or a jeep or something. So the most I'd haul WOULD NEVER exceed 8000lbs and probably wouldn't be more 7000lbs.

I'm going to get a brake controller for sure.

This truck has to last me the next two years of high school and hopefully longer then that and I don't want to do something stupid and tear up my transmission. I'd probably tow no more then 6 times a year and it would never be very far.It would always be within the county I live in.

Juice420 01-01-2011 05:54 AM

I think you will be good. My dad has a 97 chebby and he hauls a 5500lb camper no prob.

UltraFlame 01-01-2011 06:46 AM

You're fine. You have a 13K towing capacity.

1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Specs as Tested
Model Tested MSRP 2500 SLT 4x4
Standard Equipment (2500 SLT) 5.9-liter V8, AM/FM/cassette audio
Options as Tested (MSRP) V10 engine, 4wd, 4-wheel ABS, automatic transmission, air conditioning, leather seats, power windows, power mirrors, keyless remote entry, cruise control, tilt steering, anti-spin differential, light group, chrome bumpers, trailer towing package, chrome wheels
Destination Charge
Gas Guzzler Tax
Price as Tested 30566
Horse Power 175 @ 4800
Torque 255 @ 3200
Fuel Economy 15/18
Wheelbase 118.7
Length/Width/Height 204.1/79.4/71.9
Track Front/Rear 68.9/68.0
Turning Radius 46.0
Seating Capacity 3/6
Front Head/Hip/Leg room 40.2/65.6/41.0
Middle Head/Hip/Leg room
Rear Head/Hip/Leg room
Trunk Volume
Payload 3,070
Towing Capacity 13000
Front Suspension Independent
Rear Suspension Live axle
Ground Clearance
Curb Weight
Stock Tires P225/75R-16
Brakes Front/Rear disc/drum
Fuel Capacity

97ram2500 01-01-2011 09:25 PM

ok,thanks. If anyone else has opinions on this feel free to chime in.

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