2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups impress with their towing ability

Article by Christian A., on February 3, 2013

The towing ability of Chrysler’s revised 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups is unparalleled. Last September, these pickup models were introduced but the specs related to towing, gross combined weight rating, and payload were undisclosed. So it certainly comes as a pleasant surprise now that the new Ram HD picks are indeed very impressive. The new 2013 Ram 3500 can tow up as much as 30,010 pounds. In a prepared release, Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram brand, said that the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty was designed to be the undisputed Heavy Duty ‘King of the Road.’ Its new rigs offer the top key characteristic that customers consider to be the most significant: “uncompromising capability.”

He added that HD customers should know that its pickup ranks first through third when it comes to towing capability, reliability and engine performance, respectively. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks boast all of these qualities as well as offer an incredibly low total cost of ownership. The updated 2013 Ram 3500 pickup has a maximum gross combined weight rating of 37,600 pounds.

This is almost 7600 higher than an outgoing 2012 Ram 3500. The 30,010 max trailer rating figure is linked to a base Ram 3500 ST/Tradesman 4×2 model with dual rear wheels, a regular cab, and a long box. This truck features the high-output 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel (which is mated to a six-speed Aisin automatic) and an optional 4.10:1 rear axle. This trailer rating makes it better than both Ford’s F350 (maximum trailer weight of 21,700- 22,800 pounds with a fifth-wheel), the F450 (24,700 pounds maximum with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck), and the Chevrolet Silverado/ GMC Sierra 3500 (23,100 pounds).

The new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty line, said to be the most capable amongst heavy-duty pickups, is now offered by Ram Truck brand and features best-in-towing and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). The Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks will also come with additional features such as an all-new interior, next-generation Uconnect Access, Powernet, new frames, as well as, a new suspension. The 2013 model year lineup is expected to reinforce Ram’s leadership position in various claims including the best-in-class total cost of ownership.

According to Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico President and CEO Fred Diaz, the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty line is their answer to the needs of customers looking for capable yet inexpensive and top-quality vehicles. Compared to its competitors, the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty has enough power to mobilize objects with grace (yes, it looks so good pushing and pulling objects) thanks to its new exterior design cues and all-new interior with the latest technology.

Built to last, the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks have new frames built with high-strength 50 KSI steel, eight separate cross-members, hydroformed main rails and fully boxed rear rails for optimum strength and efficiency. Its front frame rails are wider by approximately one inch on either side (two inches in total) to allow the positioning of its suspension springs to go slightly outboard to generate more positive roll stiffness. Now the new front suspension cross member, on the other hand, comes as a two-piece welded component found between its front axle and oil pan.

To maintain consistent strength along its less complex longitudinal sections, the 2013 lineup comes with roll-formed center frame rail sections. In the rear, its new frame features fully boxed rear rails and a factory-installed rear axle cross member, allowing hitches for a fifth wheel and gooseneck. It also has a new Class 5 trailer hitch system, giving it a 17,000-pound load capacity and 1,800 pounds of tongue weight and paired with 2-inch or 2.5-inch receiver hitches.

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