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Word on the web is that engineers at Ram are dabbling in air-ride suspensions. PickupTrucks.com has pointed out that the company's gargantuan Long-Hauler Pickup Concept rocked an impressive auto-leveling and load-sensing air-suspension package from the people at Kelderman. It's no secret that Ram has been trying to civilize its full-size pickup offerings. The company recently abandoned the traditional rear leaf-spring suspension setup for heavy-duty coil springs, and the addition of an air-ride option would provide even greater versatility.

As PickupTrucks.com points out, air suspensions use pneumatic bladders in place of springs, and an onboard compressor can vary the amount of pressure within each vessel. Lower pressure delivers a comfortable ride, while more pressure can give the vehicle additional ride height and load capacity. As a result, the vehicle can offer a comfortable ride while still being able to handle heavy cargo. It's the same technology found on road tractors and trailers.

The fact that Ram is dabbling in the systems on its concept vehicles leads PickupTrucks.com to believe that we may eventually see air suspensions on the company's heavy-duty hardware. The move would seem to be the perfect compromise between civility and capability.


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      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't anything new, Class VIII trucks, or semi trucks, have used air suspension for years. if they can handle hundreds of thousands of 80,000 lb miles annually, a properly equipped pickup should do just fine. It requires preventative maintenance just like everything else, but isn't anything that is more prone to failure or requires constant maintenance and attention.
      D57H
      • 3 Years Ago
      The difference will be Ram using a quality system vs one to just get by like they did in the Lincoln. And yes it can be done!
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      God damn rednecks and their farm equipment. These things need to be banned off any roads with speed limit over 35mph.
        scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Go away.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Going by the tasks I saw heavy duty trucks performing today, I hope you don't like eating, or living in a house, or driving on a road. Because if you ban trucks you effectively limit industries related to those three things. As you mentioned as an intended insult, they are farm equipment - and bloody vital at that - they haul around a lot of construction materials and carry materials used to fix potholes and do smaller road repairs - and sometimes tow equipment used to make big road repairs.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          I thought most of the pickup truck drivers were either 1 of 2 classes: 1. Union workers etc 2. Suburbanites that think they need a truck yet are afraid to use it in case it scratches the bed. I'm from the North. Down south maybe it's all rednecks.. I have no idea because I only go to the beaches down there and it's mostly people from up north living along the beaches anyway.
        warren,
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        "Rednecks and their farm equipment?" Seriously? So.... how do you propose we move around supplies and equipment inside cities? What vehicle is a landscaper going to use to move around everything from loads of dirt and stone, to lawnmowers, to garbage? Sure, some folks buy a pick-up truck for the "image", but a damned lot of other people buy them because they need something practical for their small business. And since a lot of small business owners make enough money to get by, but not enough to own multiple cars, they use their pickup truck as their primary vehicle.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a person who had an air suspension blow out in my Lincoln, I can't imagine why someone would want to put it on a truck. Regardless of how nice the ride is, I would think repeated usage of towing or hauling would lead them to fail.
      ValiantEffort
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rear tires look a little flat.
      Cody Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can I ask why Ram Trucks still say 'Dodge' on the center stack? I thought they became their own brand and didn't fall under the Dodge marque?
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow Chrysler...i can see this as the next big thing in pickup trucks in the near future
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