2015 Ram 2500 HD Cummins: Ike Gauntlet Extreme Towing Test [Video]

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2015 Ram 2500 HD

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
Engine 6.7-liter I6
Transmission 6-speed
Power (hp / lb-ft) 370 / 800
Payload (lbs) 2,530
Tow Rating (lbs) 17,360 (3.42 axle)
Test Load (trailer + cargo + ppl) 13,000 lbs
Suspension Sag 0 in
Ambient Temp F 40F
Relative Humidity 40%
Barometric Pressure (at top) 19.76 inHg
Calculated Power Loss N / A
Up: Time 7:33.00
Up: MPG 4.4
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
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.