The Ram Long-Hauler is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and is designed to suit the needs of anyone that tows multiple or heavy trailers, drives long distances or small business owners looking for a “work horse” at the job site.
Among the main changes are a new 8-foot box, a mid-ship fuel tank, combined with a second frame-mounted tank and a third, optional, bed-mounted auxiliary tank, for a total fuel capacity of 170 gallons (643 liters).
The Ram Long-Hauler, while only a concept, will be seen across the country in the next eight months to help gauge public opinion on the appeal of the vehicle.
Ram Truck has identified a potential market for a Class 5 pickup, including race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers and rodeo competitors, boaters and commercial expediting operations.
From the official Press Release:
Overall length of the Ram Long-Hauler is 24 feet, height is 79.1 inches and estimated curb weight is 9,300 lbs – about 4,200 kg.
The powertrain for the concept truck adopts an inline six-cylinder 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque.
The engine is mated to a six-speed, Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.
Riding on Kelderman Air Suspension front and rear and 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, the Long-Hauler provides its driver and passengers with a smooth, comfortable ride.
The exterior features brilliant black paint accented by white gold metallic lower two-tone including body side moldings and wide wheel flares at the front and rear.
Up front, a bull bar extends the entire width of the vehicle. For full use of the bed, the spare tire is located under the box.
To help make trailer line-up easier on the fifth wheel, a separate back-up camera provides a full view of the bed.
A custom hitch-access tailgate allows easy hook-ups without the need to open or remove the entire tailgate.
The Long-Hauler includes 2+2 leather seating with a specific, high comfort driver seat. Rear passenger comfort is assured with power-adjustable footrests and a rear center console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders and tray tables.
In-cabin power includes 115V and 12V outlets front and rear. With the interior Wi-Fi enabled, passengers can easily work on laptop computers connected to the Internet during long drives.
Additional cabin features also include a laptop storage area and a safe for valuables. Interior items designed to keep the driver monitoring of vehicle performance will include a tire pressure monitoring system, rear axle temperature gauge and exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges.