What is the best hot shot truck to get for your hot shot trucking business?
This is not an easy question to answer since we have three major local automakers vying for the title — General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. Each has its pros and cons. And many customers are loyal to one or the other and are not easily dissuaded by some random review.
Yet, we are going to pick a winner, based on the numbers, awards, and user experiences. The features deemed important will also play a vital role in determining which truck will be crowned “the best hot shot truck.”
So here we go: If money is no object, the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 or 3500 is probably the best hot shot truck on the market today. Now, it may not be perfect for everybody, but it might be for most.
Why the 2019 Ram HD is Probably the Best Hot Shot Truck Today
The numbers really count, and Ram is swinging for the fences with several class-leading claims. Among them, 1,000 pound-feet of torque and over 35,000 pounds of maximum towing.
Let’s dive into all the details on this new Ram HD. The 2019 Ram heavy duty will offer two different engines with a total of three power levels and three unique transmission options. Now the basic 5.7L HEMI is no longer available with the Ram Heavy Duty, making the new base engine the 6.4L V8. This engine is a carryover from the 2018 model, and power rating stays the same with the 6.4, making 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Yes, the engine is familiar, but it is mated to a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Now that eight-speed automatic transmission combined with tweaked cylinder deactivation tuning means that this engine should be more efficient than before. But the engine you want to hear about is the updated 6.7L straight-six Cummins turbo diesel.
Now, this motor has the same displacement as before, but the block is now made out of compacted graphite iron to handle the higher output and to reduce weight. So standard output for the Cummins is 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. This new standard output is about 50 pound-feet more than the previous generation. In this configuration, the engine is hooked to a familiar six-speed automatic transmission. So the new Cummins engine is now 60 pounds lighter than before according to Ram. The new cast iron cylinder head includes new exhaust valves and springs, new rocker arms, new pistons, and new low-friction rings — really everything inside of this engine has been changed. An all-new exhaust manifold is here as well, and it houses an improved variable geometry turbocharger, delivering up to 33 PSI of boost pressure.
Now before we get to the big high output Cummins, one other thing needs to be mentioned. They have discontinued the manual transmission option in the Ram heavy duty.
And now, that big high output Cummins Diesel…
This thing makes 1,000 pound-feet of torque at just 1800 RPM while horsepower comes in at 400 horses made at 2800 RPM. The high output engine gets its own unique six-speed automatic transmission to handle all of that power. And this unit from Aisin has been upgraded with a new electronic controller that can deliver quicker and more precise shifts.
So with those power numbers, Ram is the class leader when it comes to torque and also the first pickup manufacturer to break that 1000 pound-feet barrier. But interestingly, they’re not class leading in horsepower. That goes to the Ford Powerstroke with 450 horses. So a brand new frame has also been included with this 2019 Ram, and that is helping to boost its payload and towing numbers. So the maximum gooseneck trailer towing capacity on this truck comes in at 35,100 pounds while the maximum payload on a 3500 dually is rated at 7,680 pounds. Both of these numbers are class leading, but for the max payload, you’re looking at a 3500 regular cab two wheel drive truck with an eight-foot bed and the 6.4L HEMI V8.
On the other hand, the max total configuration here is a regular cab 3500 two wheel drive with an eight-foot bed and the high output Cummins Diesel.
Now let’s talk about the new frame…
It uses 98.5 percent high strength steel. It boasts six separate crossmembers, hydro-formed main rails, and fully boxed rear rail sections. According to Ram, this frame has the best torsional rigidity in the heavy-duty truck segment. It helped to reduce overall weight on the truck by up to 143 pounds.
And if you’re wondering about DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) and fuel capacity, the new HD has the exact same size tanks as it did before.
So a lot has changed on this new truck. But one thing is precisely the same — the cab. Both the cab and the bed are a carryover from the outgoing Ram HD truck. But to make sure this truck doesn’t look too much like the old one, there’s new lights and an entirely new front fascia.
Now step inside, and you’re basically looking at the modern interior that was introduced in the 2019 Ram 1500. So the trim levels for the new HD from bottom to top are the tradesmen, the Big Horn, the Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and then the Limited. And of course, each model offers its own unique interior.
How about the 12-inch touchscreen? That has also been introduced into the Ram heavy duty. And finally, when you’re talking about the Ram heavy-duty lineup, you cannot forget about the Power Wagon. So a lot has stayed the same here. The truck still has a factory suspension lift, unique suspension tuning, front and rear locking differentials, a disconnecting sway bar, and a 12,000-pound winch. But that last one is new. That’s because the winch on the New Power Wagon is a Warn Zeon-12 with a synthetic rope line. Besides that, Ram has installed new hooks upfront for winch storage, and a new hook up for the winch controller which is much easier to access.
Now under the hood, there is still the same 6.4L HEMI V8. But where the technology really did step up on the Power Wagon is with the inclusion of that 12-inch screen along with the 360-degree around view camera system.
Over to You
There’s no doubt that this truck looks imposing and impressive. But what do you think of the all-new Ram heavy duty? Let us know in the comments!