What are you doing this Labor Day weekend? We bet you won't be having as much fun as we are. In fact, we'll have two of the biggest tow monsters running across the American Southwest, collecting towing impressions and data along the way, and we'll be loving every minute of it. We'll be traveling from Denver to Las Vegas to Flagstaff with a few side trips to some of the toughest hill-climb highways in the U.S.
Our two tow testers for this run are a 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty Platinum edition and 2013 Ram 3500 HD Laramie Longhorn edition, each with the maximum tow packages. We'll be hauling some heavy loads with our specially made Load Max flatbed air suspended gooseneck trailers, each capable of hauling 28,000 pounds. And before we're hit with a barrage of emails, we know these two trucks are not direct competitors and that neither was designed to go head-to-head or be cross-shopped, and as many will note, there will be some important differences between the two.
However, these are the two biggest max-tow haulers in the personal heavy-duty segment that exist, so we thought we'd take them out for a spin — a five-state, 1,200-mile spin...and tow the crud out of them. And in case you're wondering where the GM representative is here, we know the next-gen Silverado and Sierra Heavy Duties aren't set to come out until the 2015 model year and, frankly, they just don't have anything in the tow ratings altitude that these two trucks do.
So this adventure will be about towing the heavy loads and the issues involved with that. But don't worry. We have plans in the works already for a Hurt Locker II head-to-head — an apples-to-apples one-ton challenge for the spring or summer of 2014. At that time there should be plenty to talk about, with each of the truck makers finding out who is the towing champion.
We'll be meeting up our 2013 Ram 3500 HD Laramie Longhorn in a few days. In the meantime, look for our Kings of Beasts story to come out later next month. We'll try to provide a few update while out on the road by tweeting or posting some photos on our Facebook page.