In theory, because it is a six, the 6. Its actually surprising how well it handles it - I would imagine your 2500 would have no problems with 10-12k of trailer weight. The old Quad Cab has been replaced with a true Crew Cab, so now the Ram has the same cab configurations as the competition, plus the really big Mega Cab, and a Regular Cab as well. Is this the same for Dodge trucks? Driving It We've driven a few versions the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty — we've done some towing, we've taken the Power Wagon off road — but the most revealing moments came when we drove, back to back, a 2010 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with the short bed and diesel engine and the equivalent Chevy Silverado. We found the new interiors essentially mirror the , with similar amenities. Its 4x4, manual not extended.
One-ton pickups once required a strong left leg, a light throttle foot, and a pillow on the front bench. After one of the most challenging sales years in recent memory, at a time when being an American automaker is like wearing a bull's-eye on your back and the housing and construction markets are described by some optimistic experts as bleak, this is the time when , , and have to sell big, heavy-duty pickups. And with the Cummins, there is an exhaust brake that controls speed on downhills, just like a big rig. We'll have to wait and see. Think about a walk-in cab-over camper, with all your gear in it.
Even more useful for working types are the gabillions of storage cubbies found throughout the huge cabin, including a two-tier glove box and center console, as well as bins under the rear-seat floor. Worth noting is the fact that some towing and payload numbers have changed, albeit only slightly. It's a Hemi-powered 2500 Crew Cab with electric-locking front and rear differentials, electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks, 32-inch tires, skid plates, 4. When you look underneath the truck, getting past its new interior and skin, we've taken a proven chassis and given it some better tuning and modified a few pieces. For the 2010 model year, Dodge has brought that rugged and modern Ram styling to the.
The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty isn't technically all-new, but it looks and acts the part. . With nearly a ton of trailer-tongue weight pressing down on its rear, steering precision more or less dropped off a cliff, and the brakes were rather taxed by the load, which brought the rig to within a few pounds of its 25,400-pound gross vehicle weight limit up from 24,000 for 2009. The results are payload capacities of 1890 pounds to 5110 pounds, depending on engine and body style; towing capacity ranges from 8150 pounds to a houselike 18,500 pounds. Two-wheel-drive Rams use the more precise rack-and-pinion system as standard equipment, in part because they have smaller tires, but mostly because they will not have to deal with the kind of lateral wheel loads that come from off-road use. This V8 comes standard with the heavy-duty, five-speed automatic with tow-haul capability to minimize gear hunting while towing heavy loads and provide automatic downshifts when decelerating. The 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 is tow-rated at 13,450 pounds and load-rated at 3,160, while the Ram 3500 checks in at 17,600 pounds and 5,130 pounds, respectively.
Combine that with gear ratios as low as 4. Oil-change intervals are 7500 miles, it holds 12 quarts of oil, and runs 29 quarts of coolant. A guy borrowed my brother's 1ton, single cab, dually, dodge cummins and pulled 30 round bales of hay from Kentucky to Texas. Some of our favorite on the unique Power Wagon pickup include the front and rear electronic lockers, pushbutton anti-roll bar disconnects, monster front winch, 4. Cairns tells us front and rear spring rates were revised to deal with the changing weight distributions with the new exterior metal and interior redesign, both of which added weight. On the other hand, the Mega Cab rear seats actually recline 37 degrees. We've seen pictures of the next Ford and Chevy heavy duties, and we think the Ram is the most stylish of the three.
The body is otherwise unchanged, save for clear-lens clearance lights and the rear fenders of dualie models, which now encase the extra wheels in pontoonlike, full-height fender swells. The Ram heavy-duty pickups use a hydro-formed, fully boxed frame with higher torsional rigidity and stiffness. Its 4x4, manual not extended. Mega Cab rear seats might be a better place to relax than the front passenger seat, although some bed length is traded off to gain cab length. But he did it, and even said the Ozarks in Arkansas were no problem my brother's truck is not stock, much more power. Part of that is because it doesn't need to change.
Although sporting a completely new look inside and out, the real story may be what hasn't changed. The six-speed manual has an ultralow 5. It's hard to tax a truck with these kinds of ratings, but people do it all the time. I tow alot, sometimes over 12k 700 miles to N. We drove a 3500 4x4 with the 6. Think of 40-foot trailers; hauling a backhoe to a construction site; plowing wet, heavy snow; or picking up a couple pallets of bricks or stone. I've seen some retarded pulls as well.
It has a life-to-overhaul interval of 350,000 miles, 100,000 miles more than the competition. In that instance, however, the new exhaust-brake system helped tremendously, preventing us from gaining speed even on serious descents so as to preserve our brake power for when we truly needed it. And yet, we drove on highways and country roads in Texas for two days while it rained four inches, with nothing in the bed, wipers slapping all day long-without even thinking about it. Just leave plenty of room for stopping, make sure everything is in 100% perfect shape, and have your brake controller dialed in. The pickup-truck market can be intimidating and a little complicated. Power Wagon The 2010 Dodge Ram Power Wagon is an off-road beast.
And to meet the strict regulations, multiple strategies are being employed. A stylish center display conveys comprehensive trip and vehicle-related information. All information from the controller can communicate to the driver via the gauge cluster info center right between the speedo and tach. Power Wagon Returns On the outside, of course, the Ram Heavy Duty serves up a pile of bad-ass. The standard Hemi is rated at 400 pound-feet of torque, the Cummins, at 650.
We found the 2500 Ram rode a little smoother than the Cummins 3500. I do know the truck weighs 7500lbs as it sits, so what would be the heaviest load you could safely tow? Credit new C-pillar hydromounts that help mitigate cab shaking. The Cummins can be had with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed, granny-low manual transmission. Average weight of a round bale varies from 700-900lbs depending mostly on moisture content. I can't get to the truck to check the sticker rating, but figured someone here would know. Engines are none too wimpy. The steering, however, is just as dull and unresponsive right off-center as in the 1500, requiring up to 15 degrees of steering-wheel rotation to get those front wheels to bite into a turn at which point they do abruptly.