2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 Update 6

Maxing Out -- Figuring out our truck's actual payload

Melissa Spiering
Jun 24, 2014
Between trips to the dump, hardware store, and rock yards, I have put to work the payload of our 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie more than any other staffer, one 600-pound load at a time.
Our truck is equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission with an optional 3.55 gear ratio. It's also equipped with an air suspension system with five height settings. One of the settings is called Park Mode. It allows the truck to lower two inches from the normal ride height and uses load-leveling sensors to automatically adjust to the load in the bed, keeping your truck level. It's impressive to watch the truck adjust itself while loading up the bed . But even at max payload, the truck feels nearly empty -- almost as if it didn't have a load. There is no strain on the performance on the highway or uphill, and the ride quality is great.
Photo 2/8   |   2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 Cargo Space View 009
Let's step back a moment and talk payload. Most people know you can determine a truck's true payload by subtracting the vehicles total weight from its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). According to Ram, our Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 4X4 with a 5'7" bed with a Rambox, along with our engine/transmission/gear-ratio combination, has a payload of 1150 pounds. That payload comes from a GVWR of 6800 pounds minus the total weight of the vehicle at 5640 pounds. Our truck's weight is 5843 pounds -- nearly 200 pounds more due to the weight of the air suspension system, sunroof, and a few other equipment options. This drops our Ram's payload to roughly 950 pounds. Once you factor out an additional 350 pounds for a driver and one passenger, we are left with a payload of 600 pounds.
As you can see it doesn't take much to max out our payload, limiting our loads to half a scoop of landscaping rock or three heavily oiled railroad ties at a time. Our truck fits our primary needs of a daily driver with occasional workloads. There are plenty of Ram 1500 configurations to choose from if you need a truck to do more work. However, if you're looking for the biggest payload, the 1500 4x4 Tradesman standard cab with an 8-foot bed paired with the 3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission has a payload of just under 2000 pounds.
More on our long-term 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4:

2013 Ram 1500 Laramie
Service life: 23,594 mi
Avg CO2: 1.23 lb/mi
Energy cons: 213 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems: None
Maintenance cost: $120.94 (2-oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost: $0
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ: 15/21/17 mpg
Average Fuel Econ: 15.8 mpg
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MSRP: $25,660
Mileage: 27 / 25
Engine: 3.6L V6
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