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It's the tradesman

08/31/2011 @ 2:44pm

Dodge should have called its latest addition to the Ram truck line “The Farmer.” But since it didn't, the company should get credit for being the first truck maker to recognize the pickup's largest markets: hardworking folks like farmers.

With prices starting at $22,780, the Ram Tradesman option package is created to meet the pocketbooks of small business owners, construction firms, and farmers.

The basis of the Ram Tradesman is a Ram 1500 ST trim package equipped with a Hemi engine and a five-speed automatic embellished with a heavy-duty engine cooling and heavy-duty transmission oil cooler package.

Standard offerings

The truck is offered in regular cab short-bed (6.4 feet) and long-bed (8 feet) models, with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive power trains. Suspension needs are met by a multilink rear coil suspension. This setup also weighs 40 pounds less than a leaf-spring suspension.

Other standard equipment includes a 160-amp alternator, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp battery, bright front and rear heavy-duty shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, rack-and-pinion steering, and a sentry key theft-deterrent system.

Standard interior features include air conditioning, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, media center with CD and MP3 players, six speakers, audio jack for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage, tilt steering wheel, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Standard safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, supplemental side air bags and front curtain, electronic stability control, antilock four-wheel disc brakes, and tire-pressure monitoring. Buyers can choose vinyl or cloth split-bench seats and either carpeted or vinyl flooring.

A wide variety of options – like 3.21 and 3.92 rear axle ratios, antispin differential, and trailer brake controller – are available.

Surprisingly, the traditional Ram truck's five-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty was not downsized for this value-priced vehicle.

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