Beyond Big: Ram Concept Adds Long Bed to Mega Cab

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Size is subjective. We, for instance, would consider Ram's 3500 dually with the optional Mega Cab to be quite large, considering its 78.3-inch height and 248.4-inch length would make navigating our office's parking garage difficult, if not impossible. Still, Chrysler offers the Mega Cab only with a smaller 6.4-foot cargo bed, leaving those buyers seeking a longer 8-foot box out in the cold.

Unless, that is, the company decides to actually push the Ram Long Hauler Concept shown here into production.

There's a good chance your eye is initially caught by the sheer length of the beast. Yes, that's the extended-length Mega Cab; yes, that's an 8-foot box; and yes, that is a matching tool box/ fuel tank sandwiched between the two. But the truck isn't gargantuan in length only. This beast is actually built from a Ram 5500 chassis cab, a class-5 commercial truck that towers above its 2500 and 3500 siblings. According to the folks at Diesel Power, the gross combined weight rating should be in the neighborhood of 37,500 pounds with a total wheelbase of 197.4 inches.

The list of custom equipment includes a fifth-wheel tailgate, 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, and a Kelderman self-leveling air suspension at all four corners, which helps keep the truck leveled at all times. The standard Laramie Longhorn amenities are found within the cab, but Ram also saw fit to pack the concept with a refrigerator, tray tables, and adjustable foot rests for rear-seat passengers.

It may seem hard to find any method to this monstrosity, but Ram believes there may be a niche of buyers actively seeking such a behemoth. Owners who regularly tow large fifth-wheel trailers -- i.e. RV campers, car haulers, horse trailers, etc. -- are reportedly seeking a vehicle that offers the capacity of a Class 5/6 truck, but don't necessarily want to upgrade to something as bulky as a conventional medium duty truck. Yes, the Long Hauler is big (and, well, long) but it theoretically drives far more like a Ram pickup than a commercial truck.

So, has this been green-lighted for production? Not yet, but Ram does plan on displaying the Long Hauler at the upcoming Kentucky Derby to evaluate customer response to the package. For the foreseeable future, those seeking a long-bed Mega Cab 3500 dually will likely have to shell out several thousand dollars for a customized ride.

Source: Chrysler, Diesel Power

Tim
I'm no Dodge fan but I like this idea. Bigger=Better!

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