The 2011 Ram Heavy Duty gains two new trims: Laramie Longhorn and Outdoorsman. Tow ratings with the Hemi range from 8,100-12,100 pounds and for the diesel from 9,000-17,600 pounds, maximum gross combined truck, trailer, cargo, occupants, fuel is 24,500 pounds on diesel and 18,000 pounds on gasoline. Once a Ram fan you are most likely always a Ram fan. It was completely unaffected by crosswinds or passing semi-trailers. They remain a compelling choice for anyone in need of a heavy-duty pickup truck, and on balance are priced similarly to 2010 models.
The biggest guy we could find who claimed to be 325 on a good day had no qualms about space. The Crew Cab got larger, giving Ram a unique cab lineup in the segment. The new High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel does not require diesel exhaust fluid and, although horsepower remains unchanged, delivers up to 40 more horsepower at cruising speeds than last year's engine. We could still converse in regular tones, even with riders in the rear seat. In addition, there are Big Horn and regional editions.
A new four-door crew cab with bigger back doors and more rear passenger space replaces the previous, smaller four-door Quad Cab. However, the tailgate is not damped, so it'll slam down if you don't ease it down. Thick mats designed for muck and slush are standard on the Outdoorsman but you can get similar pieces through Mopar accessories. Ram 3500 models come standard with the Cummins diesel, so prices appear high relative the competition which come standard with a gasoline engine. Heavy-duty problems require heavy-duty answers.
Only the Ram offers a choice of transmissions with the diesel. However, note the manual is rated at 610 lb-ft of torque at 1400 rpm vs 650 lb-ft at 1500 for the automatic, and the automatic is available with shorter axle ratios and higher tow ratings. The new Laramie Longhorn is ultra-luxurious. Load capacity for gasoline trucks ranges from 2,610-3,120 because the Hemi is not offered on dual-rear-wheel trucks, and diesels carry from 1,850-5,130 pounds of cargo. The seat cushion and backrest adjust as a unit, unlike the separate component approach that makes you go back-and-forth to get both pieces where you like. Power folding mirrors, a revised navigation system, new factory spray-in bedliner, and three new colors are new options for 2011. Crew Cab models deliver lots of interior room, clever arrangements for utility stow space and even plenty of luxurious appointments.
The front axle and suspension have been strengthened to accommodate a wider range of snowplow prep packages for winter work. More chrome coats a fat-lip bumper etched with foglamps at both ends. Depending on the truck you pick, the steering systems vary. Whale filed this report after test drives in Texas and California. Torque is what gets a load in motion, and with the Cummins making nearly as much torque when you let the clutch out as the Hemi does at 4,000 rpm, it is the obvious choice for heavy towing.
The Regular Cab has plenty of room for two people, three across if you don't mind the floor hump. Power Wagon The 2011 Ram Power Wagon is an off-road beast. The Cummins inline six-cylinder is built like a tractor-trailer engine, with exceptional robustness, longevity and low-rpm grunt, and frequently used in fire apparatus and motorhomes that carry 2-10 times what a Ram pickup will. Rear-seat heating is also optional, as is a heated steering wheel. Suspension, f: live axle, four-link, Panhard rod, coil springs, antisway bar Suspension, r: live axle, longitudinal leaf springs Ground clearance: 7. If you need to tow or haul, however, you've come to the right place.
New hydraulic body mounts under the cabin are said to smooth out freeway hop. Dodge proclaims the 2011 Laramie Longhorn to be the most luxurious Ram to date. With two new trims that add even more outdoors capability and luxurious appointments, the 2011 Dodge 2500 Heavy Duty pick up is more than qualified for anything the job calls for. Most Crew Cabs have a split folding rear seat and a center armrest, and all of them have three complete baby seat anchor sets and three adjustable headrests. The Ram Heavy Duty was restyled for 2010 to go with the new 2009 Ram 1500 light-duty. A spray-in bedliner is now a factory option.
It should be safe from contact with contractor racks or cabover campers though those pieces may block the antenna's ability to receive signals. The Light Tire Load switch on 2500 models allows you to set the tire pressure in the rear tires on an unloaded 2500 notably lower than the front, for better wear and ride comfort without the low tire pressure warning light coming on. If you like to remove the rear seats for cargo storage you're left with a stepped floor. The Crew Cab offers essentially the same space in the front seat as the Regular Cab but provides a roomy back seat. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission.