• Sep 17, 2012
Remember last year's Ram Long-Hauler Concept? It of 197.7-inch-wheelbase, mirror-filling width and a 37,500-pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating? Fred Diaz and company want to build it.

Diaz, President and CEO of Ram, told reporters at its Auburn Hills headquarters this morning that its dealers are hot-to-trot over the idea of having a four-door MegaCab model yoked to an eight-foot bed and a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. The 5500-chassis-based dually is aptly named, as it holds an astonishing 170 gallons of fuel, perfect for transcontinental journeys. (Fun factoid: At today's average diesel fuel price of $4.125/gal, that means a single fill-up would be over $700!)

According to Diaz, Ram wanted to roll the Long-Hauler Concept out on stage at its national dealer meeting in Las Vegas last week, but couldn't – the company managing the facility told Diaz that the 9,300-pound behemoth was too big to make it on stage. Instead, the executive put an image of the 24-foot-long truck on an overhead screen only to have dealers cheer loudly. In fact, Diaz says response to the notion of a production Long-Hauler has been "absolutely staggering." The rig received a similarly warm welcome at last spring's Mid-America Trucking Show, where it was first revealed. Between public and dealer feedback, Ram – whose heavy-duty truck sales have been on a tear lately – feels that the concept has such validity for commercial customers that might otherwise buy a Class III or IV chassis that it's working on a business case for the Long-Hauler right now.


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      GreenN_Gold
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope you got a long haul bladder to go with that long haul tank. Maybe you can fill the urea diesel emissions tank on the fly!
      mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes our 2008 diesel 5500 dodge truck works just fine pulling our 5th wheel. We are full time snow birds. Sold our house and this beast pulls our heavy 5th wheel. Which is now our home for last 5 years. So yes we do need this big truck. With all the smog control stuff on our truck. It does NOT smoke. Diesels do not pollute as much as some other vehicles. Our tank holds 52 gallons of diesel. At the price tag for these working trucks, and as rough riding when not towing something, I doubt if they are used for moms to take their daughters to ballet class. Or urban cowboys to drive to store for light bulbs.
      Archie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 3500 Laramie long bed deisel and pull a fifth wheel went across the united states and averaged 13mpg best truck I have ever had LOVE MY RAM
      Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait a sec - previous reports said that anything shown at the Vegas dealers' meeting was already green-lit. If so, not showing it had nothing to do with its weight or length. It's simply not been approved. Thus, the business case is still under review. I don't question there's a market for this truck, but I question if that market is big enough vs. the investment to put it into production.
      whiteoak
      • 2 Years Ago
      how about a well dressed standard cab with a useable 8 fooot bed...I have a 2000 1500 laramie with the leather interior.....would love to have a 2500 laramie with leathermnav,etc....c guess i'll have to talk to the ford and chrvy guys,,,still rather have a DODGE,,,,,,,,,MOPAR FAN
      trademarkrob
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you can afford a truck like this and $700 to fill it every 2000(plus or minus) miles you are not going to care about the fuel economy. I'm womdering where this behemoth is going to park. Or is it that old joke, anywhere it wants?
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that is impressive, a pricey fill up but imagine the range! Even if it averaged 15mg that's just over 2500 miles on a tank!
      dave.mix
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would buy one of these tomorrow . we have 5 large people in our family and we are getting bigger!!! I want a 9 foot aluminum dumpbed with as many toolboxes as i can fit on there. will haul dirt for digging basements. for fun i will then put on our 4500 pound cab over camper and then fill up the boxes with camping and fishing tools. take the boys snowbording and sleep overnight. We need the Megacab bad. Have a 3500 dually quad. and we will outgrow that real soon. checking with Precision to have a mega dually stretched. would love that 5500 hauling capacity though and use it to the max! I would get rid of that tank in front of the bed. Put it below. Hurry up Dodge, I have been drooling over the concept for 2 years now and I am getting cramped in the old Dodge. we want to buy the 3 liter diesel for the misses when they put it in the 1500 Ram in the 2014 model. are you listening Dodge?
      A. Kuck
      • 2 Years Ago
      The truck's high capacity fuel tank is made by Transfer Flow, Inc., in Chico, CA. Google the company's name and check out all the cool high capacity fuel tanks on their website! For those who need to haul long distances and buy fuel at only the best prices, there's no better option on the road.
      Uhwhat?
      • 2 Years Ago
      This turd is the last thing that you morons in Michigan need to have on the road. Just another stupid product from Chrysler that no one wants or needs. Here's an idea, how about you stop making so many different ways for uneducated idiots to continue to consume fossil fuels and other precious resources? How about you create an eco friendly truck (electric or something)? Oh wait "Billy Bob and his sister wife cousin" wouldn't like that.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Uhwhat?
        You do realize that the Ram division makes trucks, and focuses on trucks for different markets where there is demand. Here's an idea: Why don't you create an electric truck then that will travel for 1,600 miles while towing thousands of pounds, obviously you're so smart.
          Uhwhat?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @frost54661
          Since you're an award winning engineer lets get to the brass tacks here. The focus is creating something new and innovative. Electric vehicles hold much higher torque ratings than their fossil fuel counterparts. If a company would try to, it isn't too far off base to engineer a truck that takes full advantage of this all while minimizing its "carbon footprint"most of you morons reject these ideas not due to function but do to the fact that you don't want your friends to laugh at you because your V8 doesn't rumble when you less the gas peddle. Another thing, the GM hybrid truck do not have low sales volumes due to the fact that they are not advanced in functionality. They don't sell because backwards morons like you don't like to adopt new technology that moves car/truck culture forward. People like you stick with what you know which is typically outdated. You refuse to move forward with the times. You're probably like your thought process.....old and unneeded. You'll hopefully die soon anyway.
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Uhwhat?
        You may not like the truck or disagree that it fills a need for commercial buyers, but gosh golly gee, why the stereotypical anti working class comments? I'd expect this type of comment from an under achieving, community college drop out, looking for a job in enviromental tree hugging, but not from a smart reader of this site. Must be a misprint. Now say your sorry and go hug a tree.
          EvilTollMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          AB Please ban Uhwhat? he is a total ******bag
          Uhwhat?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bill Burke
          You're a moron! I am SURE I am far wealthier than you are. I'm Ivy league educated. High six figure salary and I actually have an opinion about creating things that actually help people. Enjoy being an idiot. You're also ugly. Don't you have some tobacco to chew or a wife to beat?
      artig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whats the purpose of this truck? Towing? If you're gonna attract customers of this dignity, I want to see plant-sized chimneys. Boogie-wheels (or preferably tank treads.) An engine that can actually run on recycled fuel, old nuclear warheads for example. And at least double the curb weight in chrome. Oh and RAM! Your customer database is most definitely a goldmine for certain genitalia enlargement institutions. I would figure out a way to make that into more than just sales.
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artig
        The purpose of this truck? Obviously to screw around with those lousy Neighborhood Homeowner Associations and their rules about what type of vehicle you can park in your driveway. Heck, I would park it on the Association president's front yard - with the front end positioned directly in the front door - for spite and dare them to challenge me.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait until these start blocking 4 parking spaces at the grocery store... I recognize there are people with a legitimate need for a truck like this, it'll just be interesting to see who else gets their hands on one.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        It's certainly big. I saw this exact truck just outside of Denver (not far off of I-70, I see lots of pre-production vehicles there) and it's pretty huge. The guy drove around the parking lot we were in and couldn't find a spot and then took off. It caught my eye right away, not often you see a truck that long. Plus, I knew that you couldn't buy the MegaCab with a long bed and then it also had that extra addition at the front of the bed as well. I thought maybe it was an aftermarket conversion though, never thought it was a factory test rig until I saw pictures of it a few weeks later online. Really wish I had thought to take pictures of it at the time.
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