Choosing the right Ram truck for your ranch!

The surrounding areas are home to plenty of ranches, and at Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Marshall TX we help many ranchers find the perfect trucks for their livelihood. There are specific ranching needs to take into consideration before you sign the papers to buy or lease a new Ram, and we'll go over what to look for in a ranch truck.

Heavy-Duty Specs

Life on a ranch isn't just idyllic like clips in TV shows and movies would have you believe. There is a lot of towing, hauling, dirt, sweat, and back-breaking work. While we love the Ram 1500, max towing tops out at 12,750 pounds, and for a lot of ranching tasks you'll want more grunt. The Ram 2500 can tow 13,890, 16,320, and 17,890 pounds, depending on the engine. The beefier Ram 3500 can tow up to 16,480 pounds and 30,000 pounds.

Not only do the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models have stout towing specs, but they come with a fifth-wheel gooseneck, and this is a piece you won't find on the Ram 1500. Use the gooseneck over the conventional ball and hitch when you need to tow those really heavy pieces of equipment around the ranch.

Fuel and Reliability

Depending on where your ranch is located, you might be far away from a gas station, or even if one is nearby you might be in the middle of a project you want to complete before sundown and cannot waste precious time away from the ranch. With the available diesel engines on the Ram trucks lineup, you'll get better fuel ratings. Another thing about diesel vehicles is that they tend to be able to take more of a beating, which is ideal for the ranch lifestyle.

Ideal Ranch Trims

Because ranch trucks are more about work than play, it's often a financially wise idea to go with one of the lower-level trims, like the Tradesman or the Big Horn/Lone Star. They're still decently equipped, but they don't have a ton of bells and whistles or leather seats you need to constantly care for. If you do want to take advantage of the excellent cabins on the top Ram trims, consider leasing a higher-level Ram 1500 that you can take into town after a hard week of work.

For more information on getting the right Ram truck for your ranch, stop into our dealership this week! We serve Longview, Tyler and Shreveport LA shoppers and look forward to working with you.

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