You know one thing for sure: all you want for the holidays is a new RAM Truck. (Yeah, now we can’t get that “All I Want for Christmas” song with lyrics about trucks out of our heads either.) The question you face now is which RAM truck should you buy? Do you go with the RAM 1500, or do you take it a step bigger with the RAM 2500 or RAM 3500?
Fortunately, RAM has broken down and listed out five facts to consider before you buy, all aimed at steering you toward the right truck for your needs.
- Light-duty vs. heavy-duty. The difference between light- and heavy-duty is very much like what the name implies, though there is nothing “light” about the work a RAM 1500 can do. If you need to haul your boats, trailers, or ATVs, a RAM 1500 should be up your alley. If your needs are larger—think commercial hauling, horse trailers, or RVs—the RAM 2500 and 3500 are going to be more your speed.
- Knowing your weights. When considering capabilities, you’ll be faced with the figures of Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR). The former is a vehicle’s curb weight combined with cargo and passenger weight, while the latter is the combined weight of a trailer and its cargo. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) assumes a properly-equipped vehicle and a 150-pound allowance for the driver.
- To the max. Two other common talking points with trucks are max payload and max towing, but RAM notes that most first-time truck buyers don’t realize that there is a balance to be struck between the two. If you are towing something heavy behind your RAM truck, lighten your payload (cargo and passenger weight in the cab and bed). If you have a big payload in the truck bed, lighten your trailer.
- Cab size matters. You might think that your choice between a Regular Cab, Quad Cab®, Crew Cab, and Mega Cab® mostly concerns how many people you can seat and how much you can fit in the cab with you. There’s more to it than that; these choices will affect towing and payload capacities, meaning that you will want to take your choice into account when considering how you’ll use your RAM truck.
- What about axle ratio? According to RAM, “a higher axle ratio offers more towing power and quicker acceleration, while a lower axle ratio offers better engine efficiency and quieter vehicle operation.” A truck with a 3.21 axle ratio, for example, will be much more efficient than a truck with a 4.44 axle ratio, but it will also be able to tow less.
There are plenty of other questions to consider when shopping for a new RAM truck—perhaps most importantly of all, “what color should I get?” If you need help answering that and any other burning questions about RAM trucks, stop in and speak with the experts at Linwood CDJR Paducah.