I traded my Laramie Hemi for a 2500 diesel because the upper limit on the Hemi was only 10,000 lbs towing.
We were buying a fifth wheel which was 12,000 lbs.
When I got it home and did some last minute research before buying the fifth wheel we picked out, I found it could not tow it.
I am sitting here in shock after spending $70k on a truck with one purpose and it isn't capable.
THe towing number is fine at over 17,000 lbs.....but the payload capacity is only 2274 lbs.
The fifth wheel is fairly light at 1980 lbs and if I go by myself on vacation it would be OK....but adding passengers, dogs, clothes...I'm 400 lbs over.
Chevy and FOrd have no prob.em here and are in the 4000 lb p
I don't think you can blame the truck for not doing your homework. If you're buying any vehicle for towing, there are 3 numbers that are important:(1) the payload capacity of the truck (because of the tongue weight of the trailer that the truck must carry, along with passengers and cargo), (2) the towing capacity of the truck and (3) the GCVWR of the truck. All three of those numbers have to work. There are lots of Ram and Ford 1/2 tons that are "rated" to tow 10,000 lbs., but when you do the math on the cargo capacity or the GCVWR, you'll find that you're overloaded with a couple of passengers or some stuff in the bed.