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Ram Long-Hauler

Ram Truck, Chrysler’s brand specializing in pickups and commercial vehicles, revealed an amazing concept truck called the Long-Hauler.

To make this thing, designers started with a Class 5 Ram 5500 Crew Cab and converted to a Mega Cab passenger compartment, added an 8-foot box and upped the range between refueling stops with a mid-ship fuel tank. Combined with a second frame-mounted tank and a third, optional, bed-mounted auxiliary tank, total fuel capacity is 170 gallons. It has an overall length of 24 feet and curb weight of 9300 lbs. It’s a monster!

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The powertrain for the concept truck includes an inline six-cylinder 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ram’s legendary diesel engine is mated to a six-speed, Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.

For now the Ram Long-Hauler is just a concept and will be shown at selected events across the country. There’s no plans to actually make it.

2011 Dodge Ram Outdoorsman

Dodge has come up with a new feature package for the Ram Pickup trucks, called the Outdoorsman.

As the name suggest, it’s suited for outdoor enthusiasts and features most useful to hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters. It also has the coolest equipment ever fitted to any car ever, which is a built-in holster for you rifle!

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The Outdoorsman Ram also has a unique look thanks to Two-tone paint with Mineral Gray lower, Scratch-resistant steel bumpers, Black door handles minimize glare, and Wheel lip moldings and Outdoorsman badge.

Ram Outdoorsman Features

Towing:

  • Standard Class IV receiver hitch properly equips Outdoorsman for towing campers, boats, ATVs and other trailers rated to vehicle’s max
  • Available integrated trailer brake controller with driver adjustability and easy-to-see instrument panel readout
  • Trailer brake controller is standard on 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duties
  • Standard lighted four- and seven-pin harness plugs — a Ram exclusive — offer multi-trailer adaptability and clean, above-the-bumper covered access any time of the day or night
  • Heavy-duty cooling, including a mechanical-electrical fan and transmission cooler, for larger loads
  • Limited-slip differential for improved off-road and towing performance
  • Available trailer-tow mirrors
  • Trailer-tow mirrors are optional on 2500 and standard on 3500
  • Available rear backup camera eases trailer hookups
  • Standard trailer-sway control improves towing confidence (Ram 1500 only)

Capability:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels and “LT” tires: light-truck-rated tires handle bigger loads and offer stronger sidewalls to resist punctures when driving over sharp, rocky terrain; on/off-road tread pattern provides traction on all highway and trail surfaces (LT275/70R17C OWL on Ram 1500 models; LT265/70R17E on Ram HD models)
  • Full-sized spare tire provides more security and functionality than restricted-use spare in the event of a flat
  • Tow hooks for retrieving disabled or immobile vehicles, clearing trails
  • Mud / slush mats protect front and rear carpets from dirt and moisture
  • 32-gallon fuel tank for extended operating range on Ram 1500 models
  • 34-gallon standard on 6’4″ box and 35-gallon tank standard with 8′ box on 2500 and 3500 models
  • Premium cloth front seats with a choice of buckets or a 40/20/40 split bench
  • Front center seat cushion or console storage help organize gear
  • Power 10-way driver seat for comfort on long trips
  • Power lumbar adjust for additional long-trip comfort
  • Rear 60 / 40 split folding seat for more flexibility in hauling passengers and cargo
  • Remote start and security group adds alarm system and convenience of a comfortable cabin after a day in the field or on the water
  • Standard front suspension skid plates on 4×4 models provide protection from off-road damage (Ram 1500 models)
  • Standard transfer case skid plate on 4×4 models
  • Additional lighting including:
    • Standard fog lights for improved inclement weather illumination
    • Quad halogen headlamps provide maximum visibility in remote areas
    • Ash tray lamp illuminates small items in center console
    • Exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps provide visibility outside truck’s cabin
    • Glove box lamp
    • Rear dome lamp with on-off switch
    • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Underhood lamp
  • Dash-mounted 115-volt auxiliary power outlet to charge batteries and electronic devices without the need for special DC car chargers
  • Auto-dimming, power heated foldaway exterior mirrors with supplemental signals clear fog and ice
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with fingertip audio controls reduces driving distractions
  • Overhead console with universal garage door opener, which can also be programmed to open multiple garage doors and electric gates
  • Rear view auto-dim mirror
  • Rear sliding windows on regular cab models

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Towing Tips for 4X4 Vehicles

One of the reasons many people buy 4×4 trucks is the incredible utility they offer.  4X4’s are extremely practical and one of the jobs they do best is tow.  Whether you are towing a trailer, a couple of dirt bikes or your heavy lawn equipment, here are a few tips you should consider every time you hitch up.

Checking the Hitch

A lot is riding on your hitch, so before you start towing, make sure you check the hitch for any defects or problems.  No matter what kind of hitch you have (air ride hitch, ATV hitch, etc), make sure to check that your hitch ball is firm and tight.  You also want to make sure that the coupler is tight and for those that are towing an ATV trailer or other kind trailer check the chains and wiring as well.

Checking the Tires

Besides the hitch, another important component of your trailer that should be checked is the tires.  A blowout of your trailer tire during towing can cause serious safety problems so make sure you check the tires before hitting the road.  It is also a good idea to make sure both your vehicle and the towing trailer’s tires are inflated to the proper setting.  This will ensure safety as well as good gas mileage.

Trailer Lights

In most municipalities in order to tow a trailer, it must have working lights.  Before you set out on the road, check your lights (brake lights and directionals).  This will not only ensure safety, but also help you in avoiding a large fine from your friendly police officer.

Secure the Load Your Towing

No matter what you plan on towing, make sure before you start towing, the load is secure.  Make sure all objects are tied down and secure.  Even the smallest objects can become extremely dangerous if they fly off your trailer at high speeds.