Ford and Ram have declared war over the towing capabilities of their heavy-duty models. Ford claims its 2015 F-450 has a max towing rating of 31,200 pounds and Ram professes that its 3500 has a towing rating of 30,000 pounds, with both companies marketing their vehicles as having best-in-class towing.
According to Automotive News, Ford is threating to take legal action against Ram if they don’t take back their claim.
The problem behind the claims involves the way the two companies calculate their towing capabilities. Ford uses its own internal system, while Ram complies with the SAE J2807 rating. Another issue involves the class in which each pickup belongs. The “best-in-class” slogan relies on both trucks belonging to the Department of Transportation’s Class 3 rules, which states that a vehicle’s gross weight plus maximum payload must be under 14,000 pounds, but Ram claims Ford’s F-450 has a GVWR of exactly 14,000 pounds, placing it in Class 4. According to Automotive News, the spare tire, tire jack and center console were removed to achieve that weight – items that can be deleted when ordering an F-450.
Of course, both companies are standing behind their trucks.