2018 Ram 3500 Bests Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD With 30,000-Pound Fifth-Wheel Towing Figure6
As we’ve reported in the past, Ram has become increasingly competitive with both Ford and Chevrolet, although the 2018 Ram 3500 outright blows by other trucks’ fifth-wheel trailer towing figures.
Ram recently revealed updates to the 2018 Ram 3500 pickup truck and it manages to tow 30,000 pounds when equipped with a fifth-wheel trailer, according to Fiat-Chrysler Authority. The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD only manages around 22,000 pounds, while the Ford Super Duty is capable of towing 27,000 pounds.
Not only that, Ram served up a double whammy to its pickup truck rivals—the Ram 3500 now boasts an Earth-twisting 930 pound-feet of torque. There’s an asterisk, though. All 930 pound-feet isn’t available at once. Peak torque arrives in third gear to protect the transmission.
For a brief comparison, Chevrolet recently revealed the Silverado 3500HD with the 6.6-liter L5P Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine, which makes 910 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s Super Duty makes 925 lb-ft.
Chevrolet is preparing to revamp its Silverado 1500 lineup for 2019, which means any additional updates to its Heavy Duty range of trucks will likely follow afterward. Though it’s clear, Chevrolet has a little bit of catching up to do. Ram says the extra torque comes from cranking up the boost; surely Chevrolet knows how to do the same.
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DMAX still the better choice in my opinion, numbers say it’s the most reliable of the three, too. Have personal experience pulling better than 30k lbs uphill on highways at elevation with an ’08 and a ’16 Dirty Max, and they never complain. I don’t have so much to compensate for as to worry about being a few ft lbs short of Ford or Fiat.
Let’s all drive around in third gear Sean?
Hold on a minute,Ram’s figures are for a Reg cab truck with specific gear. Try getting them to give you the figures for a crew cab long box dually and then report the figures-closer to 18,660 lbs. compared to GM’s 22,700 lbs. Which cab configuration sells the most? You got it-crew cab long box dually.
bat, You will have to excuse Sean, when he sees an opportunity, he bashes!
Wrong. Mega cab dually with 4.10 and Aisin pulls 30,000.
3.73 rear mega cab still out pulls Chev.
If you are pulling over 10,000, and often the diesels of all these manufactures make sense.
For < 10K buy the Ford 6.2L , it develops more torque than the other gas offerings and at a lower RPM.
If you want your stomach turned, look at these new diesel exhaust system and sensors on a truck with the bed off, and this fits for all three.
Numbers do not lie.
Hidden costs and complication does.