Owning a Ram pickup truck comes with an array of benefits, including the ability to haul and tow loads. If you don't have experience with towing/hauling, there are things you should know before you do so to make it a safe and confident experience. Here's what to know when hauling and towing

Know your truck's limits: A top concern when towing/hauling is knowing your truck's limits. You will want to check how much your vehicle is capable of towing and calculate the weight of what you're intending to tow. Generally speaking, you can find your truck's maximum towing weight and maximum payload printed on a sticker/metal plate near the driver's door. If you're towing a trailer, camper, or boat, you'll find a similar sticker displaying the object's weight.

Consider GVWR and GCWR: Along with considering your vehicle's max towing/payload rating and the weight of what you're intending to tow, you should also consider your vehicle's GVWR and GCWR. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum weight a vehicle can handle. This number includes all towing and payload weight, including the weight of the trailer and weight of the cargo in the trailer. The Gross Combined Weight Rating includes everything considered in GVWR in addition to cabin cargo, passenger weight, and fuel weight.

Check safety: Once you've calculated everything and determined that you're within your truck's limits, you should keep safety in mind when hooking up the load. You should check the hitch and ball, ensuring that you have the correct load capacity and that it can handle the weight. If the load is more than 5,000 pounds, you should use a weight-distributing hitch. You should also check your lights, making sure that brake lights, turn signals, and hazards are all working as they should, and check tire pressure.

For advice on how to properly tow and haul with your Ram truck, talk to the experts at Transwest CDJR.

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