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Specifications for a Ram 1500 Bed

by Mollee D. Harper

Chrysler first produced full-size Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks in 1981, previously referred to as the 150. The numeric designation changed from 150 to 1500 in 1989, with major engine and body transformations taking place in the mid 1990s. The trucks can haul up to 1 ton.

Bed Size

The Dodge Ram 1500 cargo bed is 20.1 inches in height for regular cab, 4 by 2 model pick-ups. Ram 1500s, with a wheelbase of 120.5 inches, are built with a bed 75.9 by 64.4 inches. Ram 1500s, with a wheelbase of 140.5 inches, are designed with a bed 97.9 by 64.4 inches. The interior bed width, between wheel wells, is 51 inches in width for all Ram 1500 models.

Weight Capacity

The 4 by 2 Dodge Ram 1500, with a wheelbase of 120.5 inches, is engineered to handle a maximum payload of 2,264 lbs. The 140.5-inch wheelbase models are larger in size, therefore heavier in weight, handling a maximum payload of 1,976 lbs.


Dodge Ram 1500 bed pick-up trucks were primarily designed for home and land owner use, providing operators with a hefty and durable truck-bed to haul workloads and tow up to ½ ton in weight. The powerful and hefty Dodge Ram 1500 bed can actually handle closer to one ton, or even more in weight depending on wheel size, providing drivers with more flexibility and durability for carrying, hauling and towing heavier and larger items.

About the Author

Mollee D. Harper is a writer whose articles span an array of subjects including automobiles, construction, appliances and electronics, with many publications featured on various websites. She holds an Associate of Arts in business administration from Florida Community College of Jacksonville.

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