WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A PICKUP TRUCK?
Choosing the right pickup truck for the job helps maximize your productivity. Before you start your vehicle search, consider the types of cargo you carry or tow, whether you typically drive on poorly maintained roads or in harsh weather conditions and if your truck is for work or for personal use.
TOWING AND PAYLOAD
When you use your pickup truck to tow or haul, keep its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR, in mind. This refers to the combined weight of the truck, driver, passengers and all cargo.
One of the first things to determine when purchasing a pickup truck is towing capacity. Pop-up campers, horse trailers and boats all weigh different amounts and require different types of hitches. Start by understanding the weight of your trailer, then consider the type of hitch required to tow confidently. For especially heavy trailers, consider a truck with dual rear wheels—also called a dually.
If you frequently use the bed of your pickup truck, consider available features like a multifunction tailgate that make it easy to access the cargo area. Additionally, available features like automatic load leveling can help keep your payload steady when driving on bumpy roads—useful if you’re working on a farm or in a construction zone.
PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY
Choosing the best engine and transmission for your pickup truck depends on how you’ll be using it. Consider the following for the optimal balance of performance and efficiency.
Engine performance can be measured in several ways. Two of the most important are horsepower and torque. Generally, a higher maximum torque will indicate greater towing capacity (due to its low-end power), while higher horsepower numbers will indicate the ability to accelerate while under load. Both combined will give you an idea of how your vehicle will perform while towing.
To help get the most out of your engine, many Ram trucks offer available efficiency-boosting features like an eTorque Mild Hybrid System and Active Air® Grille Shutters, which open and close to optimize engine cooling based on your speed, load and engine temperature.
If you have to transport a crew to a jobsite or want to use your work vehicle to take your family out on the town, Ram trucks come in several cab sizes: Regular, Crew, Quad Cab® and Mega Cab®.
SEVERAL CAB SIZES
Ram trucks with a Regular Cab feature two doors and one row of seating for up to three passengers. The Quad Cab®, Crew Cab and Mega Cab® feature two rows of seating for up to six passengers. Generally, regular cab pickup trucks accommodate more payload, while larger cabs offer a more passenger-oriented experience.
Whether your pickup truck will be used for recreation or on a worksite, knowing how you’ll use your pickup truck is an important factor when choosing the right one.
The Ram Chassis Cab can be configured with two cab types, four Cab-to-Axle lengths and nine wheelbases, offering a multitude of upfit options and capabilities for nearly any job imaginable.
Add a snowplow to the front of your Ram truck to power through some of the toughest weather Mother Nature has to offer.
POWER TAKE OFF (PTO)
On Ram Chassis Cab trucks, PTO capability is available from the left or right side of the transmission, with both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations, to accommodate a variety of upfits and auxiliary functions.
RAMBOX® CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The available RamBox® Cargo Management System offers versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins and a 115-volt power outlet.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRUCKS?
Half-ton trucks, also called light-duty trucks, are typically pickup trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of up to 8,500 pounds. The Ram 1500 is a half-ton truck that offers an ideal balance between towing capacity and vehicle size. It’s well-suited for most jobs that require equipment you can load into the bed yourself.
HEAVY-DUTY (HD) TRUCKS
For bigger jobs, the Ram 2500—a three-quarter ton truck and Ram 3500—a one ton truck, also called heavy-duty trucks, offer impressive towing and hauling capacities as well as enhanced engine power. The Ram 3500 is also available in single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations.
CHASSIS CAB TRUCKS
To accommodate a variety of commercial uses, a Chassis Cab truck comes with only the cab and cab axle lengths preconfigured. Add nearly any upfit to your Ram Chassis Cab to suit your work needs.
RAM TRUCKS FAQ
Both have their benefits. In North America, gasoline tends to be cheaper than diesel fuel and is often easier to find at fuel stations. Diesel fuel tends to yield better mileage, particularly when driving on highways.
Compared to cars, pickup trucks tend to hold their resale value longer. There are many reasons, but chief among them seems to be their utility. Trucks can go from work to play much more easily than a passenger car can, allowing them to fit more easily into their owner’s lifestyle.
In North America, the term “pickup” is used interchangeably with “truck”. It’s generally believed that the term came from the vehicle’s use in transporting heavy loads, something the passenger cars of the day were not equipped to do.
If you’re towing something heavy such as a horse trailer, you’ll want to look for a Ram truck equipped with dual rear wheels. The Ram 3500 is available with dual rear wheels and, when equipped with the available 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine, can tow a maximum of up to 35,100 pounds with confidence.
An upfit is an aftermarket customized body that is generally attached to a Chassis Cab truck assembly. Typical commercial truck upfits include service bodies with utility cabinets, flatbeds, stake beds, wrecker units, catering truck bodies, cubes and even ambulances. Not all upfits are attached to cab and chassis trucks; in northern climates you will find a snowplow is a fairly typical upfit on pickup trucks.
While the Ram Brand also produces the Ram ProMaster® and Ram ProMaster City®, these vans aren’t classed as trucks due to their body structure and frame. You can learn more about the capabilities of Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans at Fleet Commercial Vans.