Ram unveils a truck for the long haul

cn011_001rm.jpgNeed a bigger truck? How about one that you could literally drive for days? Then the Ram Long-Hauler maybe for you. Ram Truck is showcasing the Long-Hauler at select events this summer, starting this week at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

This 24-ft. “concept truck” includes a mega cab, 8-ft. bed, and the ability to hold up to 170 gals. of fuel at any given time. Bring your credit card when you fill this monster up.

Based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 chassis cab, the Long-Hauler includes a mid-ship fuel tank, a second frame-mounted tank, and an optional bed-mounted tank to bring the capacity to 170 gals. It has a 197.4 in. wheelbase with a 37,500 gross combined weight rating. It stands 79.1 in. tall and weighs in at 9,300 lbs.

Want power?

The Long-Hauler uses an inline 6-cyliner 6.7 liter high output Cummins Turbo Diesel rated at 800 lbs.-ft. of torque mated to a 6-speed Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.

cn011_002rm.jpgA Kelderman air suspension front and rear with 19.5-in. Alcoa aluminum wheels provide the base. There is a self-leveling system on the suspension which includes a kneel feature. According to Ram, the ride qualities have more in common with a ¾-ton pickup rather than a Class 5 truck.

Figuring that the vehicle will be used by “race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers and rodeo competitors, boaters and commercial expediting operations,” the company has included a back-up camera to make hooking up a trailer to the fifth wheel even easier. A custom hitch-access tailgate allows easy hook-ups without the need to open or remove the entire tailgate.

cn011_004rm.jpgThe size is impressive enough, but what’s inside is equally spectacular. An upgraded NVH package cuts down on noise and vibration. Drivers will ride in style with the 2+2 leather seating and a high-comfort driver seat. For rear passengers, power-adjustable footrests and a rear center console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders, and tray tables, make riding in the back just a little bit easier.

There are both 115-volt and 12-volt outlets in the front and rear and the vehicle includes WiFi to allow for laptop usage while the truck is in motion. There is a laptop storage area as well.

For safety sake, Ram Truck includes a tire pressure monitoring system, rear axle temperature gauge, and exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges. There is also an overhead DVD player for passengers, and if you’re a little on the tired side, there is no need to keep driving, just fold flat the rear seats and console to create a nice resting area.

The Long-Hauler will be touring the country this summer to gauge public reaction. The vehicle will be at the following shows (appearances are tentative at this time, Ram Truck said):

- Turbo Diesel Register Rally, Columbus, Ind., June 10-11

- Rodeo Circuit, July/August

- Farm Progress Show, Decatur, Ill., Aug. 31-Sept. 2

-Husker Harvest, Grand Island, Neb., Sept. 13-15

-NTEA New Product Conference, Dearborn, Mich., Sept. 19

-Sunbelt Expo, Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 18-20

-National R.V. Show, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 29-Dec. 1

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