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In January, DaimlerChrysler AG’s Dodge Division will introduce the 2004 1/2 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickup, featuring the Cummins “600” engine that has the best-in-class towing capacity of 16,400 pounds.
The Dodge Ram pickup is an important RV tow vehicle. At the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Xplorer Motor Homes of Brown City, Mich., showed a Class C motorhome that used a Dodge Ram pickup as its chassis.
The 325-hp Cummins 600 high output turbo diesel in the 2004 1/2 Dodge Ram has a GVWR of 12,000 pounds and can generate 600 foot-pounds of torque, which means it has an additional 80 foot-pounds of torque and an additional 25 horsepower when compared with the Chevrolet Duramax, Dodge reports.
The Cummins 600’s towing capacity of 16,400 pounds also is 3,000 pounds more than the Ford F-350 PowerStroke, according to Dodge.
The Cummins 600 high output diesel costs just $135 more than the Cummins standard output turbo diesel, which it replaces in the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty lineup.
“The Ram Heavy Duty has the most sophisticated chassis in the segment, the biggest brakes, excellent handling and class-exclusive safety features such as side curtain air bags,” said Eric Ridenour, executive vice president of product development at Dodge. “It is only fitting that it now has the most powerful diesel engine. This is also the quietest Ram diesel ever and the first high output Cummins turbo diesel that meets 50 state emissions requirements.”