Originally Posted by 5speedram
I've got an '03 Ram 1500 with the 4.7, 3.92 gears and a 5 speed. The recommended max tow weight is 5400. The recommended max GCWR is 10,500. If this truck had an automatic tranny the max tow weight would be 7350 with a GCWR of 12,500. Are these weights firm or is there any wiggle room? I'm surprised the manual tows so much less than the auto. I don't want to pull as much as the auto will handle but I may go over my limits by a small amount. Would there be a problem? What would bend/break first? The clutch? The gears in the tranny? Any info would be appreciated.
The thing is if your stopped while towing the sticker on your door is what the the cops and dot go by, and that is a hefty fine + they won't let you pull it any further. I spoke with a Dodge engineer once and he told me the main reason for the different tow ratings between transmissions is that 98% of the people that have man trans don't know how to drive them, especially when towing. He said the clutch will give out because people tend to slip it to much when towing instead of just getting off of it as soon as possible. I still wouldn't tow over the rating unless it's close to home and not very far.