Which truck should you get if you regularly tow around 13,000 lbs? This weight is just out of reach of the latest half-ton pickups. And even if a 1500 truck could tow this much, it’s a good idea to step up to a 2500 series (aka. 3/4 ton) pickup for more stability and better performance. This 2015 Ram 2500 HD is next to take the Ike Gauntlet challenge.
This 4×2 Longhorn is powered by the 6.7L Cummins I6 turbo-diesel that is good for 370 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the rear. The rear axle ratio is 3.42.
The closest competitor that we have tested is the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD single-rear-wheel with the Duramax turbo-diesel. We carried more weight in the bed of the 3500 truck, but the trailer was identical.
How did this Ram do? See the data and video below.
|2015 Ram 2500 HD|
|Model||Crew Cab Longhorn 4×2|
|As Tested $||$61,535|
|Power (hp / lb-ft)||370 / 800|
|Tow Rating (lbs)||17,360 (3.42 axle)|
|Test Load (trailer + cargo + ppl)||13,000 lbs|
|Suspension Sag||0 in|
|Ambient Temp F||40F|
|Barometric Pressure (at top)||19.76 inHg|
|Calculated Power Loss||N / A|
|Up: Interior dB||n/a|
|Up: Transmission Temp||normal|
Take a look at this TFLtruck Ike Gauntlet video, featuring the 2015 Ram 2500.
Also, check out Ike Gauntlet results for all trucks.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.