Ram Takes The Heavy Duty Crown Back With New 2018 Ram 3500

If you’ve ever wanted to pull a mountain, Ram now has a truck that could help with that. For the 2018 model-year production, Ram is bumping up their heavy-duty towing game big time with the Ram 3500. The 2018s will offer a segment-dominating 930 lb.-ft. of torque and the exclusive ability to tow 30,000 lbs. with a fifth-wheel hitch; just bumping out Chevrolet and Ford’s competitor trucks.

“Ram maintains capability leadership by delivering the highest-ever torque rating for a pickup truck and heaviest fifth-wheel trailer towing capacity,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep and Ram Brand. “We understand the attributes most important to our customers within the heavy-duty segment; they demand hard-working, long-lasting capability.”

Working closely with their long-time partner Cummins, the 2018 diesel improvements include higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and flow rate increases through the fuel delivery system; enabling the 6.7-liter I-6 engine to produce an additional 30 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement ranks the Cummins engine ahead of the competition, while maintaining the legendary durability and efficiency you’ve come to expect from a Cummins diesel engine.

The 30,000-lb. fifth-wheel towing rating is made possible by an in-house hitch design from Ram Engineering that can be purchased for your 2018 Ram 3500 for $1,395 USD. If you want the best for your Mopar, nothing works better than an authentic Mopar part (part number 82215769). The upgraded capability allows the 2018 Ram 3500 to haul the heaviest travel trailers in the industry. To take the crown back from the competition, Ram’s new hitch will allow their customers to move away from 4 and 5 series trucks (such as the Ford F450) and haul trailers that would have otherwise been limited to 24,000 lbs with their older Ram 3500s.

The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty’s exact maximum goose neck and conventional hitch maximum trailer weight ratings are 31,210 lbs and 20,000 lbs., respectively. Seriously though, while you can’t actually pull a mountain, it can pull practically everything else!

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – cody.krueger@shawgroupmedia.com Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '73 Duster, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '13 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

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