Monday, November 21, 2011

First Look: Ram Long-Hauler Concept
YOU HAUL: Build Your Own Long-Hauler
From the December, 2011 issue of Truck Trend
By Allyson Harwood

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One of the incredibly cool vehicles at the NTEA show was the Ram Long-Hauler, a concept designed to appeal to truck guys who tow heavy loads over long distances. Based on a Class 5 (Ram 5500) platform, the vehicle uses a Mega Cab layout, plus the long bed -- the 8-footer. As Ram explained it, "Ram Truck has identified a potential market for a Class 5 pickup, including race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers, rodeo competitors, boaters, and commercial expediting operations." This truck is a monster, too -- its wheelbase is 197.4 inches, and overall length is about 288 inches (24 feet). GCW is an incredible 37,500 pounds, and curb weight is about 9300 pounds. While the Long-Hauler is a concept based on a commercial truck, there are plenty of things you can add to your own truck to make it the ideal long hauler for your needs. And while we mention specific examples, there are plenty of brands from which to choose.