Trucks in the US are very different to most of those seen in countries like the UK, this is because the roads are bigger, and so are the trailers that they intend to pull. This is one of the reasons why you see the likes of Ford and rival truck makers such as Ram come up with claims that they are able to tow more than the other.
Two heavy-duty truck models that are closely contested are the 2015 Ford F-450 and the Ram 3500 because both have made claims that they have a far superior towing capacity, when in fact this is not the case, and so we should finally be able to lay this debate to rest thanks to some new information, although it might not be as simple as that.
2015 Ford F-450 vs. Ram 3500 towing capacity – Ford claims its truck has a maximum tow rating of 31,200 pounds compared to 30,000 pounds from RAM. Where things get a little tricky is how RAM says they have the best towing in the class, and for that Ford is now threatening to sue.
RAM uses the tried and tested SAE J2807 rating, which many other truck makers use, whereas Ford uses an internal system, although will still adhere to the SAE J2807 when a new model is first released. One of issue that could arise if it ever does go to court is how some people could argue if the F-450 and the Ram 3500 are actually in the same class. The details do get a little technical and so head over to Autoblog who helps to explain things better.
Whatever the details are, Ford is maintaining they are correct, as is RAM and so this situation could get a lot more ugly. While we do not wish to pick sides, it does seem as though the one adhering to the SAE J2807 standard has the better chance of winning if it ever went to court.