If you take your 2019-2021 Dodge RAM off the well-manicured roads and into uncharted territory, it's inevitable; you're going to push too hard and get yourself stuck at some point. Yes, the Dodge RAM 1500 is a bona fide beast and it's made to grind through the mud, dirt and snow like a knife goes through butter, but there's no passenger vehicle on the planet that's immune to all hazards. In fact, in the battle between Mother Nature and man-made stuff, the old lady's got a nearly impeccable record. That's why we carry Dodge RAM 1500 winches here at American Trucks. Our selection of winches will give you the power to pull yourself out of nearly any hairy situation, whether you find yourself down a ditch, perched on a boulder or up a tree. We carry winches in essentially every size, style and pull power known to man, so you're sure to find something here that will get you out of a jam down the road. The first consideration when it comes to winches is pull power. On the surface, figuring out your pull power seems simple. Depending on the package, the 2019-2021 Dodge RAM has a curb weight of anywhere from 4,798 pounds to 5,372 pounds. A winch that handles 5,000 to 6,000 pounds should do the trick, right? Unfortunately, no, for two reasons. One, your curb weight doesn't count any extra cargo you're carrying and, if you're like us, that's a lot of weight. And two, a winch needs more initial pulling power than the weight of the truck. To understand just how much pulling power you need, take your Gross Vehicle Weight (GVM) — it's listed on your door — and add all the accessories and cargo you've got on board to determine your "working GVW." Then, add 30 percent to that figure. Or, to be even safer, add 50 percent. After all, no one has ever complained about having too much winching power. Let's say your working GVW is 7,500 pounds. You'll want a winch that pulls at least 10,000 pounds. At American Trucks we offer Dodge RAM winches with pulling powers of up to 17,500, so you're covered no matter what number you land on. Our selection includes models that use synthetic rope and models equipped with aircraft-grade steel cable. Which one is best? It depends on your needs. Both have benefits and drawbacks. Steel cable has been used since the invention of winches because it's highly durable, it doesn't decay in the sun and it can handle abrasive surfaces like sand, rocks and mud without a problem. It's also a generally cheaper option. However, steel cable can also rust and kink, plus it's heavy and it stores energy, so if something snaps, it can create a dangerous situation. Of course, those drawbacks can be mitigated with some WD-40 and an abundance of caution. Synthetic rope hit the scene in the 1990s, offering a lighter alternative to steel. So it's lighter; it doesn't kink or develop burrs and it won't cause as many problems if it breaks. Also, synthetic rope can be fixed in the field if you know proper braiding techniques. However, it's also more susceptible to damage from UV rays, chemicals and heat than its steel cousin. Also of note here: if you're going to any off-road events, choose synthetic because it's mandatory at most events these days. Once you've made those all-important decisions — winch power and cable style — you can get to the fun stuff. We offer winches with cool add-ons that make it safer and easier to get yourself or a stranded friend out of a sticky situation. Some come with remotes that let you stand a safe distance from the proceedings. Others have a handy load indicator that will tell you how much load you're pulling and give you a warning if you're getting into dangerous territory. Whatever winch you choose, we can tell you this: there will come a day that you'll be glad you've got one on board. We know we are. At American Trucks, we back all of our 2019-2021 Dodge RAM 1500 winches with a 30-day return policy and customer service that's always ready to help. Even better, you always get free shipping on every order over $75.
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