The heavy duty truck segment is one of the most competitive with Ford, General Motors, and Ram continually raising the bar. The pickup also has the ability to tow up to 30,000 lbs. with a fifth-wheel hitch.
Next, the 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty is offered with a new 5th wheel hitch assembly from Ram Engineering with an incredible 30,000lb capacity. Maximum gooseneck and conventional hitch trailer weight ratings for 2018 are 31,210 and 20,000 pounds, respectively, the company said in a news release.
The turbo-diesel 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder Cummins gets higher boost limits thanks to a variable-geometry turbo and an increase in flow rate through the fuel-delivery system that adds an additional 30 pounds-feet of torque, pushing the engine up to 930 pounds-feet of twist. Unlike the competition, Ram's new hitch will allow customers to move away from Class 4 and 5 trucks to haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 lbs. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.
2018 Ram 3500 Improves Towing and Torque Capability
Then there's fifth-wheel towing capacity. Best of all, that piece can be retrofitted to the 2017 Ram 3500, so those current 1-ton Cummins owners can upgrade to that heavier duty piece to match the 2018 models. Despite the higher boost, Ram promises that durability hasn't been compromised. Ram engineers actually conduct dedicated plow testing in Houghton, Michigan, where temperatures regularly fall below zero.
The closest competitor for the Ram 3500 in the world of heavy duty pickups is the Ford F350, which when properly equipped can pull 32,000lbs with the PowerStroke Diesel packing 925lb-ft of torque.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.style="text-align: center;"