Ram's line of 1500-series trucks has received a noteworthy overhaul for he 2013 model year, gaining features like an eight-speed automatic, a 3.6-liter V6 option, stop-start, electric power steering and air suspension. Changes for the no-frills Tradesman trim are also afoot, with the 1500 Tradesman HD scheduled to join the list of vehicles headed to The Great Crusher in the Sky according to a report on PickupTrucks.com.

Introduced only a year ago, the 1500 Tradesman HD body hid internals from the 2500 HD, and was powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI with 383 horsepower (instead of the 310-hp, 4.7-liter V8 used by the other Trademan models), had an eight-foot box, and bested the towing capacity of the non-HD by nearly 4,000 pounds.

The reasons for its disappearance aren't clear, but with the entire Ram line going through a wide range of revisions and upgrades, a more clear-cut, back-to-basics heavy duty work truck could see the light. PickupTrucks.com suspects it wouldn't be crazy "to see some new option packages that attempt to stretch some boundaries and definition yet again."


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      thumerzs
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a need for a snow plow prep option on a fuel efficient truck. A half ton truck with a heavy suspension, but without the huge V-8's of the 2500's. Regular cab, short or long bed 4WD, cruise, air and a stereo is all I need. Gas getting too expensive to push snow at 13MPG's (actually more like 7 when plowing.)
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thumerzs
        I agree. We used to use K5 blazers for plowing, as they were compact, simple, durable, and had a short wheelbase with good turning radius. The larger 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are just too big for a lot of suburban plowing duties. I would love to be able to get a plow package on a regular cab/6.5ft bed 1/2 ton. In that size truck it wouldn't need the larger V8 either, I could probably get away with a simple and inexpensive 6cyl stripped truck as long as it has 4x4.
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thumerzs
        I get really good economy when plowing, usually like 3 beers per hour.
          metusmetu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          More like 4-5 BPH in mine.............lol
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thumerzs
        Have you tried going "Diesel"??
      metusmetu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they're getting ready to put "DIESEL" in the Dodge Ram 1500 HD Tradesman!!
        becmacjo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @metusmetu
        Somebody sure needs to. Why cant we get what the rest of the world has?
      usapaydirt
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about putting a van body behind the cab like the Nissan NV, Ram needs a Van, and they need one now, for passengers as well as work that has real towing capability...............
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @usapaydirt
        Dodge makes a nice full size van, you just don't see a lot of them.
      HLLYWDLU286
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still have a Dodge D-100,Sweptline short bed,three on the tree,and a 225 slant six ! Gotts Luv it !
      vampyreangelus
      • 2 Years Ago
      their 4.7 liter v8 had problems and would self destruct.
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh boy what a truck! Certainly a value for the money: *http://www.ehow.com/facts_7923994_dodge-truck-steering-problems.html *http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/daily-news/090610-Chrysler-Fiat-Both-Face-Quality-Concerns/ *http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/02/2012-jd-power-report-has-surprises.html *http://www.daimlerchryslervehicleproblems.com/ *http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2012/08/16/2013-ram-1500-v6-engine-problems/
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        How odd. It seems to me if someone goes to that much effort to badmouth a brand, that the brand their badmouthing must be their competition. I believe it's spelled T-R-O-L-L
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        I really find it funny that the 2013 Ram is not in production, yet "Tundra Headquarters" reports that the truck already has Pentastar problems....ON A TRUCK THAT IS NOT IN PRODUCTION! The cylinder head issue has been fixed and all vehicles for the past few months running down the line has the new cylinder head. Did the Tundra HQ guys forget about their tailgates that collapse, or their broken camshafts already too?
      Denis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dodge still builds junk.
      m2j3k1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dodge builds junkie, throwaway cars that blow engines and transmissions far too soon. Grand Caravans are rustbuckets! Dakotas are aweful. Anything with a 2.7 liter engine! Chargers are ghetto, gangbanger cars. 300M? Poor mans Bentley.
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m2j3k1
        Hmmmm,..............must be why Police Departments are buying Chargers by the truck load. At least in my area they are!
        justgoawaymad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m2j3k1
        Do you have ANY idea what your saying or is it just your talking out of your a z z ??? My 03 ram has 156k on it, original engine and trans, Wifes 300M is NOT a bentley maybe the 300c. Mommas M has 100k on it original engine and trans, My 76 dodge van camper 110k, 69 road runner 360k, 67 hemi gtx 240k sons magnum 85k and running strong, 91 and 92 daytonas both over 100k and strong, daughters 05 stratus WITH the 2.7 127k. Sold my dakota to a family friend its over 160k. Your just pushing your jack a z z agenda.
          dal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          Justgoawaymad, It's great to hear how well your Dodges have held up, I'm sure you baby them as well. But reading your list of rides I am hit with one question.... You do know they take trade ins right?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          [blocked]
      Your Momma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why anyone would willing buy a vehicle whose name literally means AVOID is beyond me.
        Mac Hayes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Your Momma
        What the hay does a "name" have anything to do with a product. For instance, FORD found on road dead makes a fine pickup truck as well as the big rigs. Just a thought.
          metusmetu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mac Hayes
          You forgot "Fix Or Repair Daily". My dad used to own a Ford, everytime it rained it wouldn't start.
      chuck e
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dodge needs to change the appearance of it's truck. Looks the same since 2000 I believe.
      Ralph
      • 2 Years Ago
      m2j3k must be a chevy man. I,ve had many dodge products and loved them ALL.
      moeelmore
      • 2 Years Ago
      No one in Detroit or Japan has any idea of what many want in a truck. They keep telling us what we want and building what they want. Screw all of them. I live in truck and SUV country and watch billions of gallons of gas burned annualllyt buy all these people who need a massive truck to haul a bag of dog food or to support their erections and women who think it makes them look industrious.
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