In the past few months, Chrysler's Ram brand has gone from also-ran status behind Ford and General Motors to a class leader in many truck categories including fuel economy (25 miles per gallon highway) and towing (30,000-pound maximum capacity). Now, based off these spy shots recently taken, it looks like Ram is preparing to introduce the be all and end all of pickup trucks, with a production version of its leviathan 2011 Long-Hauler Concept.

Our spy shooters recently caught the two-year-old concept truck running around Auburn Hills, MI covered in stickers that would indicate the truck could be testing for a production model, and last we heard back in September, Chrysler has been trying to build a business case for the massive hauler. On the other hand, seeing as how the only changes made to this truck since it was first unveiled are a full factory tailgate and various Mopar accessories (mud flaps, exhaust finisher and bed step), it doesn't appear that any changes have been made that fit in with the recently announced 2013 Ram HD models.

As a refresher, the Long-Hauler rides on the 197.4-inch wheelbase of the Ram 5500 chassis – usually reserved for stake or box trucks – allowing it to combine the luxury of the Mega Cab with the cargo capability of an eight-foot bed and enough room in between to fit a 60-gallon reserve fuel tank. This, along with the 50-gallon, in-bed fuel tank and the truck's factory fuel tank means that the Long-Hauler has the ability to carry 162 gallons of diesel fuel – enough for one incredibly long haul.

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      adam 9c1
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a dedicated hauler? SWEET. I see this if you are hauling two race cars, awesome. For people who can afford toys this is great. But as a daily this will stink.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam 9c1
        You see this as a daily driver about as often as you'd see a medium duty truck used as a daily driver. Which is to say, virtually never. People buys these because they use them. Of course there are the occasional Ashton Kutchers who buy something like the International CXT just because it went with his trucker hat.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        +1 This would be great for someone running a car carrier trailer, a boat transport service, or even someone with a huge 5th wheel camper that's always moving from place to place. 1,000 miles at 65 mph is around 15 hours of straight driving - that's certainly doable for someone who wants to make the best time from point a to point b without having to deal with maneuvering a big trailer through a service station to refuel halfway towards the destination.
        • 2 Years Ago
        idk ive driven a few dualies and never have i been under the impression that i wanted MORE. maybe im a wuss because i honestly can't imagine going more then 300 miles without stopping. two practical issues i have with the truck is being able to change a flat tire with only one person. and also being able to store 2(or 3) spare wheel/tires under the vehicle while still being able to use the bed. also when it is time to replace worn or broken tires will the replacements only be made by one manufacturer and only available at a ram dealership or can you use any 10 ply tire on the market.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You people are funny. Lets celebrate the excess. We all defend the huge V8s and V10s and the ultimate Offroad machines. Sometimes people want more room and are willing to pay for it...relax. Semi drivers add room to their trucks to make it more comfortable....seems like this is a similar idea to those that spend a lot of time on the road.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its does not have a huge lift with worthless stupid knobby tires, it doesn't have an oversized exhaust with no muffter so everybody three miles away knows you have a turbo diesel truck, and it does not come with a set of truck nutz on the hitch. This truck is not for showing off, it is for work. There are quite a few haulers that would switch from a light duty full sized rig to this thing just for the fuel savings alone, let alone the added comfort. As others have metioned, car haulers, corrugated pipe haulers, hay/straw haulers and non commercial fifth wheel RVs and horse trailers. All of these go very long distances in short times. The added fuel range allows for additional money savings by being able to have enough fuel to bypass states and cities with high fuel prices/taxes. Filling up in Maryland to make a delivery in New York and coming back for instance would save you $65 at current gas prices. Even more if you filled up further south.
      • 2 Years Ago
      if a tundra can tow a damn space shuttle, then i wanna see this monster tow a friggin nuclear submarine!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        The way they had that shuttle rigged for towing a Ford Ranger could have done it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      put a fridge and a toilet in this thing and then we're talking! lol. no but really, besides it being badass, whats the point if you have to stop for breaks anyway?
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Handsome beast.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want to get noticed build a flagship of something and RAM certainly will with a huge truck like this.
      Robert Bleumer
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could put a Fiat 500 in the bed, practical if you need something to go through the drive-thru :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driven primarily by affluent rednecks and some of the most insecure men in America.
        • 2 Years Ago
        it takes a secure man to buy a truck like this knowing how often he will be criticized for being "insecure" or "compensating". if it were up to people like you we'd all be driving camrys and escapes
          • 2 Years Ago
          Not to mention that there\'s a point at which the inherent demands of a rig like this will discourage all but those who are not only looking to put a truck like this to work, but have the resources to own and operate it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a giant pe-nis, which is probably the entire point.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      For the guys with the realllllyy small penors.
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