A Work Horse You Can Live With 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Mega Cab - Click above for high-res image gallery Big Red. Take one look at the massive red monster above and you'll understand why it picked up that nickname moments after arriving at our door. Cliched name aside, we wanted to find out exactly what one can or can't do with a truck like the 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Mega Cab. After all, a four-wheel-drive, diesel-powered behemoth doesn't come cheap, and there has to be ample justification for its existence if you're going to try and make room for one in your jumbo-sized garage. To that end, we used the beast as our daily driver for a week, and while we never once came close to reaching anything near its prodigious capabilities, we did find out what it's like to live with. Oh, and when we sat down to put our thoughts into words, we also decided to see how many ways we could describe how large this truck really is. Read on to see how we fared. %Gallery-99843% Photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL Let's focus in on the truck's size for a moment. It's over 20 feet long, and seven of those feet extend past the 160.5-inch wheelbase. In other words, parking can sometimes be something of a chore. Perhaps the most imposing stat of all, though, is the 3500 Mega Cab's weight: 7,920 pounds, unloaded. That's just under four tons. In this guise, the bed is six feet, three inches long, which means the average size man can lay down rather comfortably back there. Perhaps it goes without saying, but we never actually laid eyes on the truck's roof. It could have been a mangled mess up there and we'd have no idea... so we're going to assume all was just fine and dandy atop our tester as all the sheetmetal within eyesight is attractive and nicely finished. Dodge – or rather, Ram, though referring to the former model name as a brand still sounds odd – is still sticking with the downsized big rig style that it invented way back in 1994. It's been an unqualified success story, so we see no need to reinvent the styling wheel. That said, we're thinking the Ram, especially in Heavy Duty guise, offers some of the best styling in the full-size truck market. It manages to look current without being overly in-your-face (like the Ford Super Duty) or flying too under-the-radar (like the General Motors twins). We were surprised, however, that many of the truck's most prominent styling features were actually made of plastic. It seems odd on such an imposing and colossal truck that seemingly couldn't care less how much it weighs to see a big old chromed-out grille made of... flimsy molded plastic. Sadly, that's not just a knock on the Ram – the same can be said of the offerings from Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan. What would Flava …
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