Spied: 2018 Ram 5500 Regular-Cab Dualie Long Bed

Ram 5500 4 II

With all the attention the 2017 Ford Super Duty is getting (first introduced at the 2015 State Fair of Texas, it doesn't surprise us that Ram is looking to do something interesting. Our spy shooters sent us these photos along with their thoughts about what this interesting-looking Ram 5500 might mean for the heavy-duty market. 

"Today's Ram 4500/5500 HD trucks are offered as only chassis-cab models, but we caught this Ram 5500 SLT truck testing with a modified dualie pickup truck bed. Are Ram product planners looking to add a new pickup truck variant to its 5500 range? In fact, the dualie truck bed, which appears to be from a 2007 Ram 3500, has been grafted aft of the regular-cab cabin.  

"You can see that the fuel door on the old-school bed looks to be nonfunctional as a new fuel-filler receptacle has been mocked up into the rear portion of the fender flare where the larger auxiliary tank would be. On this test mule, the placement of the blue-capped urea filler and the green-capped diesel filler are consistent with their placement on current Cummins-powered Ram 5500 chassis-cab trucks.

"The chrome bumper has clearly been mocked up, with a makeshift diamond plate and brackets welded and bolted into place. The chassis-cab trucks reportedly don't have proper mounting points for the required truck bumper, so the rough treatment seen on this test truck makes sense.

"Ram originally toyed with the idea of a Ram 5500-based dualie pickup in 2012, with the Ram 5500 Long-Hauler concept, which went over the top with an 8-foot truck bed and a Mega Cab configuration. While the Long-Hauler concept was a truly mammoth creation, the test mule we see here is something more mainstream in terms of scale. One of the challenges of creating the Long-Hauler concept was reportedly in attaching the truck bed to the chassis-cab-based high-mounted ladder frame. Also, the wiring harnesses' looms reportedly need to be adapted for the combination we captured. Clearly, coming to market with a truck like this would take some effort. 

"So is this Ram 5500 dualie pickup something with production intent? Is the Ram brand finally going to bring a more attainable, real-world version of the Long-Hauler concept to showrooms? Or is this just Ram's way of letting Ford know Ram won't sit still in the heavy-duty marketplace. This test mule suggests Ram is pretty serious, whether it's destined for the current-generation Ram HD or perhaps the next, likely due for the 2019 model year. We'll be on the lookout for more details and additional test mules." 

 

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Ram 5500 5 II

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This is all part of the Ram buyback. They are recycling all that they can to recoup losses.

MOPAR OR NO CAR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52KW-WZqV9w

HEMI V8 - you should sell your stuff to Fiat marketing dept; they need all the help they can get to sell those pos junk unsafe RAMs...ha ha

What do you drive Lionel?

Lionel right buy a Ford, BTW if you do...

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2016 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks manufactured April 5, 2016, to April 11, 2016.

The tires installed during assembly of the vehicles may have sustained damage to the inner sidewall, possibly resulting in a loss of air or a tire rupture.

A rapid loss of air or a tire rupture while the vehicle is being driven may cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do....

OK forget the FORD...lol

Ford Motor Company has issued recalls for a variety of issues for some of its F-150 trucks, F-Series Super Duty Trucks, Exploders, Expeditions, Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles.

The recalls impact vehicles here in the United States and also in Canada. For 184,000 of the vehicles in the United States, there is a problem in which the vehicle could shift down to first gear without warning. There are also some Exploders with flaws in their suspension systems and F-Series Super Duty trucks with problems with their tires. With the gear downshifting problem in 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks and 2012 Expeditions, Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigators, the issue can cause a vehicle to suddenly slow and then to make things more dangerous the rear tires could lock-up or slide. So far there are three injuries reported related to this problem, but there may be unreported problems and accidents in the United States and Canada.

For the suspension problems in 75,364 2014-2015 Exploders, the rear-suspension toe links being improperly welded could cause a breakage of the link while the sports utility vehicle is moving, which could cause an accident.

There are also some recalls involving air bags that might not deploy even though accident force is enough that they should, as well as some driver’s seat mounting brackets being improperly welded. The vehicles affected by these two recalls include Ford Flex crossover utility vehicles, Ford Taurus sedans, Lincoln MKS sedans, and Mercury Sable sedans from 2007-2012, and 2016 Ford Fusion sedans.

Now that's MILITARY GRADE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1UZfzICi4

@ HEMI V8
'93 Jeep Renegade (weekend off-road toy)
'99 F150 (gave it for my son)
'04 F150 Lightning (fav weekend stop-light racer tire-burner)
'12 F150 XLT
'12 RAM 2500 crew/cummings (sold it recently to my neighbour)
'13 Toyota HILUX (recently gave it to my ex-wife)
'13 Cayenne S (for my curent wife)
'14 Global Ranger Wildtrack crewcab (preferred daily driver)
'15 Ford Transit (company car)
'16 Chrysler 300 (company car)
I did not list past vehicles I've owned where I experienced 1st hand the poor quality of Chrysler/Fiat products (Grand Cherokee, Dakota, Chrysler 300 to name a few) & because a lot of these vehicles were owned around the same time as my Fords, it was a clear night & day compariosn of things that went wrong...with the Fiat's of course...
So I'm not a Ford lover but I just know their products are superior & I will only bash Fiat/RAM (or another brand) in self-defence when someone is knocking FORD...

@Dave - Let me tell you something.

Ram HD is the most capable truck on the road.

Ram 1500 is the most fuel efficient.

What does this tell you? Ram is the best of both worlds.

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San Mateo Bridge limo fire: Ford faces wrongful-death trial in blaze that killed five nurses

Posted: 05/10/2016 06:15:26 AM PDT

The husband of a woman who died three years ago in a horrific limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge is taking on one of the country's biggest automakers in a wrongful-death suit, alleging that the Ford Motor Co. knew of dangers in the type of car in which his wife and four others died.

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San Mateo Bridge limo fire: Ford faces wrongful-death trial in blaze that killed five nurses

Posted: 05/10/2016 06:15:26 AM PDT

The husband of a woman who died three years ago in a horrific limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge is taking on one of the country's biggest automakers in a wrongful-death suit, alleging that the Ford Motor Co. knew of dangers in the type of car in which his wife and four others died.

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_29869058/san-mateo-bridge-limo-fire-ford-faces-wrongful

"Ford knew there were problems 15 years ago," said William Smith, the lawyer for Aldrin Geronga, whose wife, Felomina Geronga, 43, was trapped in the blaze, which occurred on May 5, 2013.

Aldrin Geronga is the last plaintiff remaining in a case that began with four survivors of the fire and the families of the five dead women who sued a host of companies but have all settled out of court. Ford is the only remaining defendant. San Mateo Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner canceled testimony Monday because a juror was sick.

Investigators blamed the fire on a "catastrophic failure" of the suspension system of the 1999 converted Lincoln Town Car that caused its drive shaft to rub on the vehicle's undercarriage, causing sparks and friction that started the fire in the rear of the passenger compartment.

Smith said outside of court that the case centers on allegations that Ford knew of a flaw in the Town Car that could cause a suspension collapse and the drivetrain to scrape on the undercarriage.

"They should never, ever touch," he said.

In a statement issued Monday, Ford lawyer Frank Kelly said the company "regrets the tragic loss of life in this accident."

But, he said that when another company converted the car into a stretch limousine, it was meant to carry only six passengers.
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Instead, through multiple owners it was "ultimately used to transport more than six and up to 10 passengers on a regular basis for more than 10 years. While we are saddened by this tragedy, it resulted from misuse of the vehicle and a series of events outside of Ford's control."

The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates limos in the state, approved it to carry eight passengers, plus the driver.

The car was carrying nine passengers the night of the fire. The commission fined the car's owner, Limo Stop, $20,000 for being over the limit, but reduced that amount to $5,000 on appeal.

Four women escaped by crawling to the driver's seat through a small partition. But Felomina Geronga and four others, Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; and Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey, didn't make it out. The group was celebrating a bridal party for Fojas, who was scheduled to return to the Philippines for her wedding ceremony.

Driver Orville "Ricky" Brown, then of San Jose, has said one of the women yelled "smoke" several times, but he thought she was asking permission to smoke a cigarette. Smith said that he considers Brown to also be a victim of the fire and that the man could have done nothing to prevent the tragedy or save the women.

The women, all nurses, were friends on their way to the party in Foster City.

Smith said that one of the survivors, Amalia Loyola, is scheduled to testify Wednesday.

"She was the last one out."

Ram sucks

Holy crap - out comes the worms, hell, you know you've ticked off the RAM fanboys when they grab straws from everywhere to knock the best as they won't admit their pos junk unsafe RAM trucks are garbage...ha ha
Posted by: Lionel | May 13, 2016 9:38:45 PM

They should test 2009 and F150s/GMs and see how they would of faired. I guess if it makes you feel better by picking on a 2009 design that passed all the crash test of its days makes you think Ford is better, then what a sad soul you are. How bout the 2015 f150s that failed with out the steel bars, pretty lame. Ford try to cheap out on people that got ext and reg cabs and did just has poorly as a 2009 Ram with their 2015s. Just some food for thought :)

John, Do some research before you post. If it was because of the steel bars, what is Ram's excuse? They added the bars and got no benefit. Ram did not pass its tests in 2009. In 2009 Ram was rated poor with poor roof strength and side ratings. GM was poor on side ratings and only acceptable for head restraints and seats in 2009. In 2009 F150 was rated Good all around and a top safety pick.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/dodge/ram-1500-crew-cab-pickup/2009

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/ford/f-150-crew-cab-pickup/2009

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/silverado-1500-crew-cab-pickup/2009

The Ram isn't a 2009 design. They touched nearly every part as Fred Diaz said at the 2013 unveiling. Also, NHTSA troduced the tough crash test in 2012 so everyone had ample time to comply.

Ram? What happened to you?

Spokesman Levine said Ford had no plans to recall 2015 F-150s without the blockers, which the company also calls Small Offset Rigid Barrier countermeasures.

Spokesman Levine said Ford had no plans to recall 2015 F-150s without the blockers, which the company also calls Small Offset Rigid Barrier countermeasures.

Spokesman Levine said Ford had no plans to recall 2015 F-150s without the blockers, which the company also calls Small Offset Rigid Barrier countermeasures.

Spokesman Levine said Ford had no plans to recall 2015 F-150s without the blockers, which the company also calls Small Offset Rigid Barrier countermeasures.

Spokesman Levine said Ford had no plans to recall 2015 F-150s without the blockers, which the company also calls Small Offset Rigid Barrier countermeasures.


these were ruined with the infotainment style radios and fake keys.

just saw a xd in black lifted a few inches. looked bad @$$

Regular cab on a chassis cab is not rare. More than likely they will be coming out with something like this. You cant get a ford 450 in regular cab so maybe ram is trying to do something different. It could attract buyers in a tradesman trim and be ALOT cheaper than a f-450 which comes fully loaded. I am a farmer and if they offer it with the 6 spd manual, sign me up !!

Brand new f150 CATCHES FIRE AGAIN.http://www.wbaltv.com/news/flames-engulf-pickup-truck-in-north-point/39519884

I believe they are just testing the new 5500 and due to some restrictions they have to cover up wheels and other things due to state laws and they find it best to put a old bed on it then make something



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