Originally Posted by brucew
makes me feel more confident that the Ram 1500 can meet my needs. I need to take the family, stuff and 5K of boat on trips. Now that I am no longer building a house I can be more reasonable about trailer weight and heavy loads in the bed.
Keep in mind that the weights quoted are for the base Laramie without options. Add 500 for the trailer tongue weight, 150 for the RamBox, some other options (such as the towing package) and passengers--already you are at or above the payload rating. Not that it is unsafe--the numbers are probably conservative--but the ratings do not encourage you to carry that much.