You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Ram Truck recently announced the continuation of the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman with the new 2013 model lineup.The Ram Outdoorsman takes all the features most useful to hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters and packages them into a single model. I find that if the truck companies are going to offer a package that has increased offroad capacity, they could at least remove the plastic air dam under the bumper or offer a bumper that doesn't hang as low.
Copperhead and Prairie Pearl are interesting sounding colors, hopefully one of them is a nice off-white ala Cool Vanilla. I like it- although I hope we see more value packages like the Red Wing edition- cheap ST truck with just enough glitz to make it look sharp. Looks good, although I think I've never been a fan of black wheels, I like a machined aluminum look.
My biggest concern is that plastic does not fare too well in colder climates even if you don't go offroading. Really glad they are bringing back this trim level, sadly no dealers around here like to get them in stock, hoping that changes in the future. I have read but have never been able to confirm that the transfer case on the outdoorsman lacks the "auto 4wd" selection option of the other Ram pickups, can anybody confirm this?
But compared to the little midsize trucks (those Mazdas and Tacomas and Frontiers) at least a 5700 watt generator, a 30 gallon air compressor, a 3 ton floor jack, and 7 (seven) 16.5 x 8 RV tires can fit in it, with a bunch of gear in the right rear of the cab, an adult in the left rear, two adults up front. If you need to travel at x metres per second the same amount of energy must be delivered to the edge of the wheel to acheive this irrespective of the wheel's diameter. When you start playing with wheel diameters you start altering the rpm per meter distance travelled. I forgot to add the reason why smaller diameter wheels are less economical is the same reason why driving over a curb with a large diameter wheel is easier.
A larger diameter wheel isn't as impeded due to the differences in height variations on a surface. If Ram or Chevs came up with a product that appeals to the customer they would sell as well. No Bob, The Mary Kay Editions are reserved for the ultimate powder puff brand GMC's and their subrbanite women drivers.
On the wheels issue, isn't it a coincedence that both GM and Ford have 30 inch tires on their trucks that get better mileage? Hmm Would be nice if it had something bigger than 17's as the current outdoorsman just looks to under-tired. Read this, the best picture example of the difference between street air pressure and airing down and how it make difference on stuck or not. Even now tyre manufacturers are working on lighter tyres without affecting tyre performance. Wider tyres have a bigger impact on fuel economy performance because they present more friction than narrow tyres. Unsprung weight has a bigger effect on the suspension performance of a vehicle than economy. The two ways tire size can affects a vehicle's mileage are changes in final drive ratio (what we were talking about above) and the parasitic losses caused by heavier rolling stock (whether it be wheels or tires) that Big Al clearly doesn not understand.
If you change your tire wheel size and it changes your final drive ratio, it causes the engine to operate at a different RPM than it normally would during cruising and since most vehicles are more or less optimized to operate most efficiently in a given RPM range while the highway, any changes to the final drive ratio will usually adversly affect your mileage. If you put great big tires on your truck and then change the gear ratio to compensate, the compensating gears will help with efficiency (and keep your odometer and mileage calculations accurate), but it still won't be as good as it was with the stockers because the tires weigh more and cause more parasitic power loss.

If you put bigger wheels on the vehicle but smaller tires (so you keep the outer diameter the same) it will also cause parasitic losses because wheel material is denser than tire material.
Your gearing and rolling diameter of a wheel is significant as it dictates when and where and at what speed your engine rpm is when travelling.
Manufacturers do significant testing to determine what diff ratio and gear ratios are in the drive train.
Everyone has driven a vehicle where the gearing just doesn't seem to be in sync with upshifting or down shifting. But I also know that a larger wheel also reduces rolling resistance, which you don't clearly understand.
Try moving a trolley with little wheels then move the same load with larger diameter wheels of the same width. Like I stated ride a bicycle with large wheels then ride on of the bikes with little wheels. Change your off road tyres to light truck tyres that are narrower and even change the rims to fit a larger diameter wheel and change the diff ratio to suit the new diameter tyres and you will increase you fuel economy.
You are correct that (all things being equal) a larger outer diameter of tire will encounter lower rolling resistance than a smaller one, but any benefit gained is directly related to the smoothness of the surface upon which you are rolling. The increase in rolling resistance with wider tyres is due to the deformation at the base, ie the tyre is flat on the bottom over a larger area. Low profile tyres are generally unsuitable for heavy work and off roading as they don't offer adequate protection, unless perfect roads could be built.
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Also, the Outdoorsman combines off-road capability and trailer-towing hardware in one package. We'll be driving the new Ram 1500 next week and should have more detailed videos and driving impressions of several new light-duty Rams by Aug. Up here its cost prohibitive to order a truck, so packages that put a selection of great values in dealer lots are appreciated. That kind of setup would yield improved aerodynamics at a fraction of the cost of an air ride system.
Nice looking truck, I am usually up in the air on Black wheels though those don't look too bad. Paper thin low slung control arms that can be broken in half by striking a rock just don't cut it with me.

My ute came with ATs and alloy rims and it doesn't weigh the same as the wheels on TRX4 truck. Reminds me of that commercial where they drop all those ram pickups in the ocean and they all come out on the other side. A person did post proof that there was little difference in mpg between tall or short gear ratio's. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Our aluminum solar frames adopt L connector or screw joint, resulting in well fixed structure with durability. I've seen the lower metal edge with damage, the plastic portion does not clip back on very well.
The last few company trucks my brother drove suffered similar fates in extreme cold with what would be considered an extremely minor impact in warm weather. Off road you want sidewall, protect the rim, can air down and get a wider foot print when things get sloppy.
That would be adding 44lbs average to the rotational mass to the truck which is located further from the center point. Take a forklift wheel they are small in diameter and weigh considerably more than a pickup wheel. If I remember my math, a larger tire will have a greater circumference therefore roatate less. Larger rotational mass will be a bigger problem during start and stop city driving but with highway travel the difference between rotational mass and change in circumference will offset each other.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. The Outdoorsman will be offered with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, backed up with either the carryover six-speed transmission from last year or the all-new eight-speed transmission. If I had a midsize I woulda been making more trips or constantly having a trailer behind, which saves no fuel. Someone I saw said it would be like adding 400lbs in to your truck bed after doing the math with rotational mass and weights.
I am willing to bet the Ram engineers have thought of doing it the same way, between that option of either way and having installed a leveling kit I am able to gain a decent amount of ground clearance and still get 20+mpg on the open road. Atleast the truck can hold something in the bed, you wanna play offroad, get a midsizer with a small wheelbase.
So I just drive a full size when needed, then drive a car that gets a good deal better mileage then you more expensive diesel does. Then you can buy a new Ram remove the air dam and pretty much have more clearance then all other full sizers, not counting Raptor, cause it's not made for work anyway, just a high dollar toy! I used to have a truck with larger than stock tires, it was enough to give me a 15% distance reading error.

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