Dodge Ram Long-Hauler Diesel - 1600+ Miles Between Fills
Looking for the ultimate tow rig to pull your fifth-wheel horse trailer, car hauler or RV across the U.S. with just two refueling stops? The Ram Long-Hauler could be all the pickup truck youíll ever need. We're all over the Long-Hauler, along with our friends at Diesel Power Magazine.
The Long-Hauler name fits the truckís length and driving range. The 197.4-inch-wheelbase pickup is based on the Class 5 Ram 5500 medium-duty chassis cab commercial truck (19,500 pounds gross vehicle weight). Itís been upfitted with dual rear wheels, an 8-foot cargo box and an extra 110 gallons of diesel fuel capacity Ė 60 gallons in a custom midship reservoir positioned between cab and bed and 50 gallons in a bed-mounted combo fuel tank and toolbox Ė for a total of 162 gallons. Thatís about 1,600 miles to 2,000 miles of range.
To make the ride as comfortable as possible, the Long-Hauler features Ramís four-door Mega Cab configuration, which offers the most interior volume of any full-size pickup. For backseat passengers, there are adjustable footrests, tray tables, a refrigerator and Wi-Fi connectivity. Itís also trimmed inside and out with Ramís new top-of-the-line Laramie Longhorn option package.
Under the hood is a 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six-cylinder oil burner rated at 350 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. Itís paired with a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The gross combined weight rating is 37,500 pounds, according to an information card that was with the truck when it debuted at the Mid-America Truck Show earlier this year.
Say goodbye to squat. All four corners have 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum 10-lug wheels that are paired with a Kelderman airbag suspension front and rear to manage its high GCWR. The suspension is self-leveling and can manage the air springs independently, kneeling or raising them to provide an optimal rake for the truck.
Whoís the Long-Hauler customer? Itís aimed at power pullers who are looking to step up from a one-ton truck to more capable tow vehicle but think that Class 6 rigs, like a Freightliner SportChassis, are too much truck and too expensive. Think rodeo competitors, farm owners and full-time RVers.
If you want to check it out yourself, the Ram Long-Hauler will be at the Kentucky Derby on May 6 and 7 in Louisville.
yeah... wow only 9.5 mpgs???? thats pretty fail.. my buddy has and 2004.5 and is getting 24.3 mpgs average. he is all stock. the only thing he changed is the muffler to a replacement pipe. they need to work on the mileage pretty bad.
Yeah he does. Stock 5.9 6 spd manual 4x4 with 4:10 gears. Keep out of the boost and he does good. Last weekend he was pulling a 24 ft enclosed car hauler with a litttle Honda civic and was getting 18. Idk. These 6.7's don't seem to do as good....