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New Trucks That Tow 20,000 Pounds or More

Don’t Need To Tow A House? These Trucks Are For You!

More often than not all you hear in media is a truck's maximum towing capability. But what about those people that don't need to tow a barn, or two. There are quite a few people that tow large bumper pull trailers, or small 5th wheels. They need more capability than a -ton can provide, but not quite what a professional hot-shot does. With those people in mind we're going to explore the truck configurations that can tow greater than 20,000 pounds.

Naturally not all configurations carry the same capabilities, and you should always consult your owner's manual or door sticker before hitching up a load to ensure you're not dangerously overloaded. Also, while we've done our best to ensure a complete list, we're at the mercy of the information provided by the manufacturers and apologize in advance for any errors or omissions. Let's dive in and take a look at the 2020 trucks that tow 20,000 pounds.

New Ford Trucks That Can Tow 20,000 Pounds

Ford has been locked in a towing battle with Chevrolet and Ram for decades, and usually comes out on top. For 2020 Ford has introduced an updated Super Duty pickup, with a new 7.3L gasoline engine option, revised third-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, and a new 10-speed transmission. All of this means more towing for more trucks across the lineup.

Regular Cab - Conventional
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,000 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.55:1 or 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,000 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.55:1 or 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-450, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 or 4x4 - 21,200 pounds

Super Cab - Conventional
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,700 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.55:1 or 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 or 4x4 - 21,200 pounds

Super Crew- Conventional
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,500 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,100 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.55:1 or 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 or 4x4 - 21,200 pounds
F-450, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 or 4x4 - 24,200 pounds

Regular Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,000 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,600 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,200 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,700 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,800 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 21,800 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,800 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 22,400 pounds

Super Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,800 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,300 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,700 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,300 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,000 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,100 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,600 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 22,200 pounds

Crew Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,600 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,200 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,500 pounds
F-350, 7.3L gasoline V-8, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.30:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
F-250, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,700 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,400 pounds
F-350, 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel V-8, Single Rear Wheel, 3.31:1 or 3.55:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 22,000 pounds

Notably Absent
Trucks powered by Ford's 6.2L gasoline V-8 engine top out at 16,700 pounds. And all Power Stroke diesel dual rear wheel truck tow more than 30,000 pounds.

Notes
All ratings are based on XL model trucks, higher trims will reduce capacity. Ford tests all Super Duty trucks to the SAE J2807 standard. Ford is the only manufacturer with a -ton truck that can tow more than 20,000 pounds.

New Chevy Trucks That Can Tow 20,000 Pounds

Chevrolet introduced an all-new Silverado HD for the 2020 model year. These trucks are new from the ground up, with the exception of a carry-over 6.6L L5P Duramax diesel engine. Folks desiring to tow 20,000 pounds should expect to purchase a Silverado 3500HD. Regular cab customers need to select the dual rear wheel option, while Double Cab and Crew Cab can accomplish this with a single rear wheel. Opting for a gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch bumps capability up by a maximum of 1,500 pounds, to 21,500 pounds.

Regular Cab - Conventional
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Double Cab - Conventional
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Crew Cab - Conventional
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Regular Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 21,500 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 21,500 pounds

Double Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 21,490 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 21,210 pounds

Crew Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Long Bed, 4x2 - 21,330 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Standard Bed, 4x2 - 21,500 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Long Bed, 4x4 - 21,040 pounds
Silverado 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Standard Bed, 4x4 - 21,300 pounds

Notably Absent
Trucks powered by Chevy's new 6.6L gasoline V-8 engine top out at 17,200 pounds. And all crew cab dual rear wheel truck tow more than 30,000 pounds.

Notes
All Duramax diesel equipped trucks have 3.42:1 axle gears. All ratings are based on base model trucks, higher trims will reduce capacity. Chevy tests all trucks to the SAE J2807 standard.

New GMC Trucks That Can Tow 20,000 Pounds

For 2020 GMC's Sierra HD nearly mirrors its Silverado cousin. In terms of towing, all Sierra HD trucks match the ratings of Chevy's Silverado. Much like the Silverado, the Sierra is all-new from the ground up, save for the 6.6L Duramax diesel engine.

Regular Cab - Conventional
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds

Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Double Cab - Conventional
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Crew Cab - Conventional
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 20,000 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 20,000 pounds

Regular Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 21,500 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 21,500 pounds

Double Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x2 - 21,490 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 4x4 - 21,210 pounds

Crew Cab - 5th Wheel/Gooseneck
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Long Bed, 4x2 - 21,330 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Standard Bed, 4x2 - 21,500 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Long Bed, 4x4 - 21,040 pounds
Sierra 3500HD, 6.6L Duramax Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, Standard Bed, 4x4 - 21,300 pounds

Notably Absent
Trucks powered by GMC's new 6.6L gasoline V-8 engine top out at 17,200 pounds. And all crew cab dual rear wheel truck tow more than 30,000 pounds.

Notes
All Duramax diesel equipped trucks have 3.42:1 axle gears. All ratings are based on base model trucks, higher trims will reduce capacity. GMC tests all trucks to the SAE J2807 standard.

New RAM Trucks That Can Tow 20,000 Pounds

Ram has been the only heavy-duty pickup manufacturer with a dual engine rating strategy for several years now. The company offers the 6.7L Cummins diesel engine in a "standard" and "high-output" configuration, with the top version churning out 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, the highest tow ratings are achieved with the high-output Cummins engine.

Regular Cab
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 21,010 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,670 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,670 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 26,860 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2, Short Bed - 20,570 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, Short Bed, 4x2 - 24,180 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,580 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,230 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 22,230 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 26,050 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4, Short Bed - 20,220 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, Short Bed, 4x4 - 23,660 pounds

Crew Cab
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,430 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 20,010 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 22,010 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2 - 25,580 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2, Short Bed - 20,570 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x2, Short Bed - 24,180 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 20,020 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4.10:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 21,680 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 25,090 pounds
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4, Short Bed - 20,220 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4, Short Bed - 23,660 pounds

Mega Cab
Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Dual Rear Wheel, 4:10:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 21,500 pounds
Ram 3500 High-Output 6.7L Cummins Diesel, Single Rear Wheel, 3.73:1 Axle Gears, 4x4 - 24,090 pounds

Notably Absent
Trucks powered by Ram's 6.4L HEMI gasoline V-8 engine top out at 17,540 pounds.

Notes
All ratings are based on Tradesman model trucks, higher trims will reduce capacity. Ram tests all trucks to the SAE J2807 standard.

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