• Apr 25, 2011
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Need a way to get yourself, four buddies and a whole lot of cargo across the country with the bare minimum of fuel stops? The Ram Long-Hauler Concept is your truck. The rig got a quiet coming-out party at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which was held March 31st through April 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky.

This behemoth of a tow rig sports a 197.7-inch wheelbase, or about as long as your average oil tanker. That much space means it has a full-size eight-foot bed and Ram's four-door MegaCab passenger compartment. In keeping with the oil tanker theme, the Long-Hauler has the capacity to hold an astonishing 162 gallons of diesel fuel, thanks to a 60-gallon auxiliary tank in the bed. That much fuel should give this thing enough range to cross the country in two fuel stops if you aren't too liberal with the throttle.

The Long-Hauler is based on the Ram 5500 commercial truck chassis cab, which comes with a 19,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating. Ram combines that with a self-leveling air suspension on all four corners, a dual-rear-wheel package, 19.5-inch Alcoa 10-lug wheels and an Allison six-speed automatic. Add it all up and you've got a gross vehicle weight rating of 37,500 pounds, which should be enough to handle whatever you throw this hauler's way. Doing the grunt work will be a 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline six spitting out 650 pound-feet of twist.

The Ram Long-Hauler, should it make production, will be aimed at those who need enormous towing capacity and range, but don't want to step up to something like a Freightliner SportChassis just yet. There's still no word on a production timetable or what the truck might cost should it become available.



[Source: Pickuptrucks.com | Images: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a real beast. You would have to have like 8 separate debit card transactions just to fill it up.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        Did some quick math and its well over $700 to fill the tank from empty haha.. that is just insane!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      LJD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I assume these guys do not travel with woman and are comfortable pee'ing in a gatorade bottle.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LJD
        Doing long hauls with women would be counter productive to how they are paid. Stopping every 45 minutes to pee, and then every two hours because they are hungry and didn't get food when they had to pee isn't going to get you far quickly.
      Jdemonto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now thats a truck that just might sell to the commercial crowd!
      El Sunbird
      • 3 Years Ago
      Long hauler is long.
      greenz1977
      • 3 Years Ago
      This vehicle is aimed at people who use their truck commercially and don't want to run a tractor trailer.
      Yan Ramírez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guess that a fully fueled vehicle will give less MPG and as it burns thru fuel and becomes lighter, MPGs will grow. 162 gallons of diesel fuel weigh 1,166 lbs. !
      Brad Carlson
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the current diesel prices here in Michigan, it will only take $700 to fill the take. :-O
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is my vehicle for the coming zombie apocalypse!
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could be the basis for my zombpocalypse vehicle. Actually if Ford offers a competitor (I think Ram is more reliable, correct be if I'm wrong) that would work (how COULD you go wrong with 800 ft/lb of torque, unless the transmission is too weak). Then again the range doesn't impress me considering the fuel tank capacity. In case of zombpocalypse, I'll jack a Ford Super Duty, pay a mechanic in beer and have him attach that tank. Next problem: flamethrowers are legal (not gov't regulated: http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/index.php/t-40100.html) but where can I get a machine gun?
        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        http://www.jdpower.com/autos/ratings/dependability-ratings-by-category/large-pickup/sortcolumn-1/descending/page-/#page-anchor The Ford HDs are slightly better than the RAM HDs, but GM makes the most dependable HD currently. Ford makes the best 1/2 ton however.
        J
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        If you go back to the source material, autoblog may have misrepresented the mileage. The original article states 1600-2000 mile range WITH large trailer in tow.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @J
          That's good. More mileage with a trailer. Trailers = machine guns, shelter, supplies and miscellaneous weapons. I've figured out my ride.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      So 102 gallons without that aux tank in the bed wasn't enough? I wonder what the biggest factory option is for tanks on the normal 2500/3500 models. @Making11s It's not just the 8 card nature of a fillup, it's the total that boggles me. At 4 bucks a gallon for diesel, you could put over $640 into one fillup.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @benzaholic
        And using a credit card, you'd only be able to fill up at truck stops anyway, as a lot of pumps (at least for gasoline, don't know about diesel) automatically shut off at $75 or $100.
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Cletus from the Simpsons was real, this is the vehicle he'd want for his ever expanding clan. Good lord. You could pull the moon with this thing...
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