As soon as you drove away from the Ram 2500 dealership in your new truck, you gained enough power to conquer the world. Well, maybe not the entire world, but you’ve at least got enough power to help your farm grow and flourish. While half-ton trucks are nice and all, they just don’t offer enough power to handle all the work that you’ll be doing. This is why this heavy-duty model is ideal for farm usage. In fact, we believe that the Ram is the best 2500-level truck for farmers everywhere.
There are many reasons that we believe you’ve got the right truck for farming, but its diesel engine option is the main reason we love this model for farm usage. The 2021 Ram 2500 still offers the Cummins inline-6 engine, which is nearly impossible to wear out. In addition to this, the Ram’s optional off-road package will protect both your truck’s body and your transmission. While these facts alone are appealing to the average farmer, this is only the beginning. We’re excited to show you exactly why the 2021 Ram 2500 is the perfect farm truck model.
All About the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel Inline-Six
Average truck drivers who are more concerned with speed than work power will choose the V8 gasoline engine over the inline-6 diesel any day. However, you’re not one of those drivers. When you’re working on the farm, you’re looking for more torque than horsepower. This engine is what really makes you a towing master, with its 850 pound-feet of torque.
In addition to its power, the inline-6 is designed in a simple way that makes it easier to work on. As a result, your maintenance fees will be less costly. It’s also known to last longer than its V8 counterparts. Although the I6 engine design makes it longer than the more common V6 and V8 options, its naturally-balanced design makes it run smoother, meaning less wear and tear over time.
This is all incredibly important when you’re farming as opposed to speeding around town. While the V engines may be great for casual drivers, the durable and tow-heavy I6 is not only more desirable but also necessary for any serious farmer. And this is where we get into what matters most, which is towing capacity.
How Much Can You Tow with the I6?
You’ll quickly notice that with any new, powerful truck, there are several differing tow capacities depending on engine choice and configuration. To get the highest tow capacity out of the Ram 2500, you want to take on the 6.7L Cummins Turbo-Diesel I6 engine. This will get you at a max 20,000-pound tow capacity, with a top payload of 3,160 pounds.
Thanks to this configuration, you can easily tow loaded livestock trailers, hay trailers, and farm equipment with ease. The balance of payload and tow capacity is especially important since many livestock and farm trailers use gooseneck hitches with heavy trailer tongue weights. With a fully-loaded trailer, you could be looking at nearly 3,000 pounds of tongue weight, making that high payload capacity vital.
Keep in mind that your payload includes more than just what you haul in the truck bed. It also includes your passengers and anything you’ve got loaded into the cab. When you drive a 2021 Ram 2500, you don’t have to worry much about exceeding your payload, even when you’re pulling a gooseneck trailer. And when you aren’t towing, all that payload helps to transport stuff around the farm.
Top Ram 2500 Features That Help Farmers
The WARN ZEON 12 Winch
When something gets stuck, Ram’s optional WARN ZEON winch adds to the towing and payload fun by adding a 12,000-pound pull capacity. Despite its strength and durable 80-foot cable, this winch is lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about it putting a damper on your fuel economy or towing capabilities.
Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Blowing a tire is both dangerous and inconvenient, but it’s even worse when your trailer tire decides to go. While you can and should monitor your tire pressure manually, you never know when you might run over a nail or bust a tire on a pothole without realizing it. That’s why the Ram 2500’s Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System is an asset both on and off the farm.
Whether you’re hauling hay, cattle, or equipment, this system will constantly display each tire’s pressure. If something goes wrong, the Trailer Tire Monitor will alert you instantly. The best part of it is that you can add up to four different trailers into the system using your Uconnect touchscreen. Upload data for your livestock trailer, your hay trailer, your flatbed trailer, and your boat trailer. Simply select the trailer you’re using, and the system is good to go!
The Power Wagon
While you’re probably not going to go rock crawling like you might in a Jeep Wrangler, rough, rocky roads and mud are just part of being on the farm. When you opt for the Ram 2500 Power Wagon, you’ll get Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, which are different from the truck’s standard on-pavement suspension. The Bilstein shocks are made to handle bumps, ruts, and off-terrain driving.
In addition to the off-roading shocks, the Power Wagon also includes 33-inch off-road tires that can handle both pavement and rough terrain. This model even offers optional beadlock wheels, which are very helpful when you’re towing, hauling, and heading off the blacktop. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon also includes underbody skid plates to help protect the transmission and further damage when ground clearance is an issue.
Finally, the off-road package includes locking front and rear differentials. In short, this feature helps the Ram better perform during low-traction situations. Whether you have to head to town in the ice or snow, or you’re unloading hay in a mud-filled barn, you can count on the lockers to help balance your traction while keeping you on the move.
Your Ram 2500 Is the Optimal Farm Truck
There’s a big debate going on among truck brands regarding who’s the best and the most powerful. This is especially true when it comes to the whole Chevy vs Ford vs Ram ordeal. While everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions, the Ram diesel trucks really come out ahead as far as diesel power goes. Ram also has a big jump on its competition since the Cummins engine comes with over 100 years of use. For reference, Chevy’s Duramax engine didn’t appear until 2001.
Perhaps the least important but most cosmetically fun reason why this truck is great for farming lies in its vast exterior color options. Want to rock that good old-fashioned construction yellow shade? You can literally pick that color with Ram’s Construction Yellow exterior paint. Prefer Utility Orange? They’ve got that, too. Oh, and if you are a loyal New Holland Tractor owner, you can purchase the Ram 2500 in this exact, official exterior shade! Compared to Chevy and Ford, the Ram offers 24 unique shades, whereas its competition sticks with basic neutrals, blues, and reds.
Ready to flex on your friends? Remind them of these fun facts the next time they try to tell you their Ford F-250 or Chevy Silverado 2500 is tougher than yours. Now, go get to towin’!