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Ram’s 3500 Chassis Cab compared

by David Zatz on

The 2016 Ram 3500 chassis cab has a 60-inch “DF“ version, available in regular or crew cab, with gasoline or diesel engines, and in rear or four wheel drive.

Compared with the equivalent Ford, it has a slightly larger gasoline engine (6.4 vs 6.2 liters) that generates 25 more horsepower and 14 more pound-feet of torque. The standard axle is anti-spin, while the Ford is not. Standard wheels are 18 inches, while the Ford has standard 17 inch and optional 18 inch wheels.

55002014 Ram 5500 shown. 

The maximum towing capacity of the Ram is 15,050 pounds; of the Ford, 13,400 (all maximum capacities are “when suitably equipped”). The gross vehicle weights match — unless the Ford has the smaller wheels — but the axle capacities of the Ram are higher, by 1,400 lb in front and by around 500 lb in back.

Ram has an optional Cummins diesel engine; Ford has an optional Ford diesel engine.

Quite aside from statistics, which may or may not be relevant to most buyers, the Ram has some unique features. With the optional Aisin automatic, Ram has a stationary power takeoff (PTO) mode that includes Mopar’s “four cylinder V8” mode, saving fuel; this is also used with the standard automatic when cruising. Power takeoff is available on the left or right sides, and there are 380 am dual-alternator option, engine shutdown timer, and maximum speed settings, all optional.  Manual transmission lovers can still get a Ram without an automatic.

The price difference is $470 — in Ram’s favor.

2014 Ram 5500 shown. The same image is used by Ram for the 2016s.

Fuel economy for Class 2 and 3 trucks is still not released by manufacturers or the US government for comparison.

Buyers can also opt for the “DD,” which is higher capacity (except in towing and axle capacities), has the same powertrain, has the same 60” cab-to-axle ratio or an optional 84” ratio, costs $400 more, and has standard dual rear wheels (with optional single rear wheels).

Standard towing for both DD and DF is 15,050 pounds. The Ram 3500 DD has a peak towing capacity of 22,770 pounds — with the regular cab, rear wheel drive, dual wheel setup, short length, diesel engine, Aisin automatic, and 4.10 axle.   The peak towing capacity of the DF is 17,920 pounds, with the same stipulations but a 4.44 axle ratio. Thanks, oh2o.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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