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Some truck owners out there have at one time or another realized they have no clue how to hitch up a trailer to their truck. Loading cargo into a vehicle is one thing, but hauling it all as a separate unit a part from the vehicle can be a little tricky at first. Aside from getting the proper trailer, assuming the object(s) being towed require one, a truck owner needs to know how to properly connect the trailer to their truck, or they may lose all of their cargo before even leaving the driveway. Worse if things come undone while on the highway, so let’s chat about loading up a truck and connecting the hitch.
Keeping a Center of Gravity with Cargo
Weight is important to keep in mind when loading cargo onto a trailer. Making sure the weight is balanced will help to avoid issues while on the road. Most experienced truck drivers would say to keep a good ratio of 60 percent of the cargo weight towards the front half of the trailer (unless directed otherwise by the trailer manufacturer), and make sure it’s the heavy stuff first, to keep the truck’s center of gravity closer to its rear axle. The remaining 40 percent of the cargo goes towards the rear half of the trailer- using some of the heavy stuff works here too to keep an equal balance across the trailer. Your best bet is to put the heaviest cargo over the trailer axles.
Mudding and water-fording are terms known mainly by Jeepers. Vehicles like the Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, and even the Jeep Compass are made to go off-road, and they are able to handle varying terrain or the occasional rock crawling. Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been unveiled and it has new off-roading features, the light duty Ram truck can also play in the mud and get a little dirty. But first, there are some modifications one should look into before turning their pickup truck into a mud monster.
When going mudding, it’s a good move to make sure one’s vehicle can handle deep mud or water. The 2019 Ram 1500 is available with several wheel options, and they range from 18 to 22 inches, but when it comes to off-roading, tires matter more than the size of the wheels. To really improve the mudding or off-roading experience, make sure the truck is fitted with tires that match the activity, such as multi-terrain or all-terrain tires made for rocky terrain and going off-road, or swamper tires made for getting out of a nasty mess.
To keep those wheels turning, beadlocks are also a good addition. Beadlocks help keep the tires in check when going off-road and mudding, and although some drivers lower the air pressure in their tires for better traction and sidewall flexibility, beadlock wheels mechanically lock the tire bead to the rim. This takes the decrease of tire pressure for better traction out of the equation and helps ensure that the tires remain in place no matter how wild one may maneuver their Ram truck while out on the trail.
Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has debuted, other Ram truck models will start to debut as well. Most likely, the Ram 2500 and 3500 will get updates soon enough. Although there hasn’t been a whole lot of news surrounding 2018 Ram 2500 or the Ram 3500, both trucks shine on their own. So much so, that Ram incorporated the heavy duty trucks into several limited edition packages over the course of 2017 for the 2018 model year.
Ram 2500 and 3500
Able to powered by one of three engines for the 2018 Ram 2500 and two engines for the 2018 Ram 3500, both heavy duty pickup trucks have the powerful and legendary 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Inline-six cylinder engine in their arsenal. Able to generate up to 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque on the 2018 Ram 2500, 385 horsepower and 930 lb-ft of torque on the 2018 Ram 3500, this engine provides some incredible towing power. Properly equipped, the 2018 Ram 2500 can tow up to 17,980 pounds and carry a payload of 3160 pounds. The 2018 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup truck recently recorded a best-in-class fifth-wheel towing capacity of 30,000 pounds!
Ram trucks are definitely shaping up to be something else this year. The newly redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck made its first debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and again showed up with Mopar during a Mopar and Ram webcast presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. There, they talked about the new Mopar catalog featuring over 200 new features for the Ram 1500. Going forward, Ram trucks are set to take on Ford, the world’s leader in light duty and heavy duty trucks in decades. Now, with new engines popping up on both, let’s take a look at both truck brands and do a little comparison of their engines.
2018 Ram 1500
Let’s look at the powertrain lineup of the 2018 Ram 1500 pickup truck, being that the 2019 Ram 1500 won’t be available for awhile. Three engines are available on 2018 Ram 1500 trucks – a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Not too different from its 2019 lineup, aside from the to-be-determined return of the EcoDiesel and a new eTorque system that has been added for additional torque and hybrid capabilities.
The standard engine of the three is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with VVT, able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. With the eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, that torque capability comes out to 359 lb-ft of torque. When paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 drivetrain, this engine on the 2018 Ram 1500 truck can get a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg city/highway. So far, so good.
Next up on the list is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, able to deliver a total of 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine can grant a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Here’s hoping it returns to the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck lineup.
Returning to the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty truck is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (with VVT and MDS), currently found on the 2018 Ram 1500 as well. Able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, this engine isn’t as strong as the EcoDiesel when it comes to towing. The eTorque system in the 2019 Ram 1500 truck will change that, adding an extra 130 lb-ft of torque. That will give trucks with the HEMI V8 a total of 540 lb-ft of torque! Amazing.
2018 Ford F-150
The 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck is available with four engines at the moment. Six if we count the to-be-released 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine and the Raptor DOHC 24-valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Comparable to the three Ram 1500 engines above, the 2018 Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck can sport a new 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. That’s twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), a variation of variable valve timing (VVT) that alters the open/close valve lift events of an engine’s cylinders, optimizing it to increase the power output of the engine. This engine generates 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
At this time, Ford has no diesel engine in the F-150 lineup. The EcoBoost engines are not to be mistaken for the same thing. They are turbocharged gasoline engines made to match the same horsepower and torque of engines that receive its air intake via atmospheric pressure, but with better fuel efficiency and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
A V8 engine is available on the 2018 Ford F-150 lineup and it’s a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that is able to deliver 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. It claims the “best-in-class” payload, but that’s only if properly equipped. Ford doesn’t go into defining what that means, but one can safely assume it needs a trailering package of some kind if it’s going to beat the payload of the 2018 Ram 1500 truck, touting another 20 lb-ft of torque over the 2018 Ford F-150.
Well there it is. Ford may be ruling the truck industry at the moment, but come 2019 their reign may just come to a final end. What do you think? Does Ram have what it takes to be crowned King of Trucks? Let us know on social media, or shop for a Ram 1500 pickup truck at Miami Lakes Ram and test it out for yourself.
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Word is, Ram and Mopar will be putting on a product presentation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show on Friday, February 9th, 2018. Given Mopar’s history, we think we already know what it is. But first, why is this news? Unless getting into the Chicago Auto Show, then does it really matter? Well that’s why this year, Ram and Mopar will be hosting a webcast live from the Chicago Auto Show at 11 am Eastern/10 am Central.
About the Mopar Brand
Mopar first started out as a custom auto parts business but soon became the one-stop shop for all things performance. Known for their performance parts catalog, Mopar can exchange the exhaust for the cat-back exhaust for a more aggressive sound and less tension, install a cold air intake system for more horsepower, or even trim the interior upholstery with Katzkin leather interior seating for amazing comfort. They’re also known for several vehicle firsts.
For the first time-ever, automobiles came with vehicle-information apps, apps for smartphones that can let drivers know about the condition of their vehicle, even from afar thanks to Mopar’s innovation. Mopar was also the first to market a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when the vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters; several products and Chevrolet’s Teen Driver surely got the idea from here. Wi-fi was first made possible to consumers with a wireless hotspot by Mopar, and Mopar also started the paperless owner’s manual trend, introducing them as digital forms that one can view on their smartphone. If owning an FCA vehicle and in need of service, Mopar also developed the wiADVISOR, a tablet-based service lane tool for faster service via dealership service departments.
Ram’s light duty and heavy duty pickup trucks are the backbone of the truck industry. Setting records and a trusted brand by many companies, Ram continues to do more for the business and the community. They designed a truck just for the farmers of America with the Ram Harvest Edition and continue to make stylish models for people who want to give their truck a little attitude, like the Ram Hydro Blue. Then there’s Ram cargo vans like the Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City. They come with many designs to make nearly anything possible.
The many interior designs for the Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City are known as “upfits.” We discuss them a little it in detail in our Ram ProMaster Cargo Van and Upfits article, but today we’re going to look at the many ways they can be used. We’ll be discussing the following:
The Trades Interior Upfit that transforms a cargo van’s empty cargo area into an organized mobile workshop and warehouse with storage.
From a speculative article published by allpar.com — we see that the future 2018 Ram 1500 is definitely a truck to watch out for. If your truck lease is ending or if you will need a new truck in the next few years, read up on the features a 2018 Ram 1500 could include.
Changes to the 2018 Ram 1500 include interior, exterior, engine, and technology upgrades and basically, the 2018 truck will be bigger and badder than ever. Below are a couple of the highlights from some research we have done online.
The 1500 has three updated engine options, the EcoDiesel, Pentastar, and 5.7-liter “Apache” Hemi. According to allpar.com, the truck’s engine horsepower could reach as high as 400-horsepower for the Hemi engine and up to 300-horsepower for the Pentastar engine. Ram trucks are already known for having reliable engines and with this news, they might be even more trusted and loved after the release of the 2018 models. Another bonus, more powerful engines are likely to improve towing capacity. (more…)