Spring Towing Tips for your Ram Truck

Spring is well underway, which means you and your Ram truck will be heading out for some warm-weather adventures. For many Ram truck owners that most likely includes boats, motorcycles, and campers tagging along – and with our towing capabilities, you won’t have to think twice.Friday

Towing can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’re a first-time truck owner. If you do your homework regarding proper equipment and practices, the process soon becomes almost second nature. Meanwhile, here are a few simple tricks to help make the trip safer and more enjoyable:

  1. Check Around– Just before you head out, always check the tire inflation pressure all the way around on both the tow vehicle and trailer. Don’t underestimate how a small amount of over or under-inflation can make a big difference in the handling properties of the rig.
  2. Maintain– If a wind gust from an overtaking semi or other vehicle causes your rig to sway or swerve, don’t stab the brakes. Cleanly move your foot off the throttle, firm up your grip on the steering wheel, and give the rig a moment or two to stabilize.
  3. Go With the Flow– When backing up, relocate your hands on the steering wheel from the usual ten and two o’clock positions to five and seven.  This makes reverse-maneuvering the trailer much more natural and intuitive.

When it comes to the Ram 1500, don’t let the term “light duty” fool you. A Ram 1500 has a maximum payload of 1,890 lbs, and a maximum towing capacity of 10,640 lbs. If you’ll be towing boats, ATVs or trailers, this is the truck for you.

Ram Truck’s heavy-duty trucks are best suited for towing construction equipment and other heavy commercial loads. With a maximum payload of 7,390 lbs. and a maximum towing capacity of 31,210 lbs. – your heavy-duty needs will be taken care of.

When it comes to towing your toys (or tools), we know that capability is key. Whether you’re towing 5 tons or 15, there’s a Ram truck that meets your needs and then some.

Learn more about Ram Trucks’ towing power here: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/

 

  • Joel

    Nice tips indeed. Also, perform a tug pull test to make sure the trailer brakes work, and you are hooked up properly. When you get in the tow vehicle, apply the trailer brake only, and try to pull away. This is a helpful way to make sure the brakes are working, and to make sure the coupler is secure to the hitch balls before hitting the road.

    Joel
    http://www.trentontowingservices.com

  • Very helpful. Something else that will help is to pre-plan your route, especially if you’ll be towing in an unfamiliar locale. Know where you can refuel, and that’s more than just that fuel is available. Do they have enough space for your vehicle and your payload? Will you be able to turn around, or can you pull straight through. So much hassle can be saved with a little internet searching before heading out. Hope that helps!

    Will
    http://www.towingcolumbiasc.com

  • Joel

    I agree. And also you have to check other things like the credentials of the company. The best of them have their licenses displayed, and you should look out for factors such as the transportation ID and insurance certifications. You need to be at peace that once they give you a tow, you’ll be compensated for your damage.

    Joel
    light towing

  • Jeremy Schopper

    Good article. Thank you. It’s also helpful to do a tug pull test. This will ensure your breaks are working, and that you’re hooked on properly. Do this by applying the trailer break and try to pull out. This will also make sure that the coupler is properly secured.

    Jeremy
    http://srqtowing.com