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The Towing Capacity of a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4

by Justin Cupler

The 1997 Ram 1500 4X4 comes in two trim levels: LT and ST. Both trim levels are available with a short and long bed. When considering towing with a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4, knowing the truck's maximum towing capacity can help you avoid a dangerous situation.

Range and Comparison

The 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 pickups have towing capacity ranging from 7,300 lbs. to 7,800 lbs. This capacity range falls in the middle in comparison with the likes of the Chevrolet K1500 and the Ford F150 four-wheel-drive. The Chevrolet K1500 ranges from 5,000 lbs. to 7,500 lbs., while the F150 four-wheel-drive ranges from 7,700 lbs. to 7,800 lbs.

Types

The towing capacity of a specific Ram 1500 depends on its trim level and bed size. The Ram ST with a long bed has the lowest towing capacity at 7,300 lbs. The ST short bed can tow up to 7,400 lbs. The LT trim level, both long and short bed, can tow up to 7,800 lbs.

Considerations

The maximum towing capacity rating is the most weight the truck can structurally handle. It can become unsafe to tow at your vehicle's maximum, as different components may wear out. To maintain safety when towing at the vehicle's maximum, make certain to perform timely maintenance. Another way to improve the safety of your towing is certain add-ons, such as electronic brake control, heavy-duty shocks and a transmission cooler.

About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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