When you really need to tow a heavy load, the Ram 3500 DRW (dual rear wheel) truck can’t be beat. In fact, it’s top-in-class among 1-ton 3500 trucks on the U.S. market today. The regular cab 4×2 Ram 3500 DRW is rated at a full 30,000 lbs towing and max load capacity of 7,390 lbs. The Crew Cab was slightly less capable at 29,010 pounds, but the Crew Cab’s added weight is likely to be the reason for this. Our Ram was still able to haul between 4,160 and 8,500 lbs.
Towing was easy with the Ram 3500 2015. The 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel paired with the 6-speed AISIN auto had more than enough power to pull our load over the steepest hills. The OEM tow/haul, engine brake and hill descent control features all worked well. With just two buttons, we were able to improve the hill-decent controls. The RAM came with an integrated trailer brake controller. However, this time we weren’t able to test it because our test trailer had surge brakes instead of electric brakes. However, in past testing, we have found the RAM’s OEM brake controller to be as good or better than anything we’ve tried from the aftermarket.
Better yet, all this capacity is wrapped in enough comfort to make you feel like you’re in a luxury car, not a hard-working truck. To be honest, you’re in a hard-working, luxury truck when you step into the cab of a Longhorn Laramie Ram: Amenities included in our package tester vehicle were a heated leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, and heated towing mirrors, including a memory system for more than one driver. In-mirror rearview cameras are ideal for backing up, and help keep your eyes on both the mirror and the camera view. The entertainment features made the ride feel as if you were driving an entertainment system around the town. Ram is also equipped with what we consider to be the best NAV system in a vehicle in all of our testing.
Ram 3500 DWR is a great truck to drive unladen. It’s amazing how much luxury and technology have been interwoven and introduced to the general truck market in the last 15-plus years. Ram’s seats are more comfortable than most recliners found in living rooms. The interior noise level is very low, even when a diesel is rumbling under the bonnet. The only regret we had with the Ram 3500–was having to give it back. DW