• 2013 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup takes on the Ike Gauntlet towing test ( Episode 2 )


    2013 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup takes on the Ike Gauntlet towing test ( Episode 2 )
    2013 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup takes on the Ike Gauntlet towing test ( Episode 2 )

    The 2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab Heavy Duty Pickup is built to tow. So we decided to try to tow with it up one of the steepest and highest American Highways.

    From Dillion, Colorado to the Eisenhower Tunnel U.S. I-70 climbs 8 miles to a maximum elevation of 11,158 feet or 3,401 meters.

    That’s enough elevation and grade to test the most powerful of pickups. Is the Ram 3500 Heavy duty up to the task of towing a 17,000 pound horse trailer to the top of the tunnel.

    In fact according to Ram this diesel monster dually with 850 lb-ft or torque can tow up to 30,000 pounds.

    That’s enough weight to need a commercial truckers license in most states.

    In this second TFLtruck Ike Gauntlet video review we test the truck down the Ike Gauntlet see how fast it will brake with a 17,000 pound horse trailer from 11,000 feet of elevation down a 7 percent grade with the help of our friend Kent from www.MrTruck.com.

    BTW: You can also watch (Episode 1) and (Episode 3) to find out the rest.


    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
    http://www.TFLtruck.com

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    One thought on “2013 Ram 3500 heavy duty pickup takes on the Ike Gauntlet towing test ( Episode 2 )

    1. When someone hears that you are video taping a truck going up and down a hill, you think big whoop. But I got to tell you, it is very interesting. I have never been in a vehicle towing this much weight and sitting with you in video is telling of how demanding it is on tow vehicles.
      You will need to test the other heavy duty trucks in this market with the same trailer and the demanding Ike Gauntlet. Great job guys!

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