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Old 01-14-2019, 02:04 PM   #1
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New 2019 RAM HD Revealed

Here is a video from Edmunds about the new RAM HD trucks that were revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this morning. Of note is the use of an emergency braking system that engages the trailer brakes as well as the truck brakes. That seems like something that could really be beneficial.

Plus they now have an air bag system that will raise and lower the bed 2" which could be nice for the hitching process.

And with the 3500 you can get up to 1,000 ft. pounds of torque.
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Hans, was there enough “new” to entice you to consider a new 2500HD? I caught part of the live reveal and saw they have trailer camera and TPS support. I just picked up a ‘19 1500 Laramie Sport for our GT due end of March. It’s an amazing ride...
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Also optional TPMS. Will be neat to see how that is implemented. The huge 12” touchscreen looks awesome and was a big hit in the 1500 last year.

I’m sure 1000lb-ft of torque and over 400hp will tow an AS quite nicely.
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Hans, was there enough “new” to entice you to consider a new 2500HD? I caught part of the live reveal and saw they have trailer camera and TPS support. I just picked up a ‘19 1500 Laramie Sport for our GT due end of March. It’s an amazing ride...
The new HD does have some features that are desirable but I will have to see one in person and take a test drive before I would replace the HD I currently have. However, I really like the new safety features and the adaptive cruise control.

What are the specs on your Laramie?
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All that tech looks amazing and I’m sure it rides nice and smooth. But, I can’t part with my 2007 mega cab with the 5.9L Cummins, and not having to deal with DEF, plus no car payment.

If I had 75K to spend though...

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All that tech looks amazing and I’m sure it rides nice and smooth. But, I can’t part with my 2007 mega cab with the 5.9L Cummins, and not having to deal with DEF, plus no car payment.

If I had 75K to spend though...

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Well said, and I agree! Mine is a 2003 Laramie, runs great, and does everything I need it to do....
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The new HD does have some features that are desirable but I will have to see one in person and take a test drive before I would replace the HD I currently have. However, I really like the new safety features and the adaptive cruise control.

What are the specs on your Laramie?
Hans, so full disclosure - we leased it because we’re not sure what the next three years will bring with the 2019 27’ GT (praying for good health for wife and me).

Told the dealer the 2 “musts” were adaptive cruise, max tow capability. This was what he found available in the area that most closely matched our needs:

2019 RAM 1500 Laramie
5.7 Hemi (non-hybrid)
Advance Safety Group: Adaptive Cruise / Blind spot including trailer, front & rear alert etc.
3.92 Axle with electronic locker rear
33 gallon tank
Trailer Tow Group (dash brake controller, trailer mirrors (flip up)
Off-road package (skid plates, 1” lift, 20” wheels, Falken tires w/Snow rating, hill descent)
Sport Appearance (body color bumpers, grill) & sport hood,
Steel springs (no air suspension)
12” display, 19 speaker Harmon Kardon 900w amp
Panoramic sunroof
Tow Capacity: 11,400

I could have done without the Sport Appearance, Off Road and sunroof but I’m very happy with what we got. I get a smile every time that Hemi fires up!
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Some nice features in the new reveal. One of the features that I think will end up helping Ram gas engine sales a lot is by putting the 8 speed transmission behind the Hemi 6.4 engine. I think this will help keep this heavy truck moving along nicely with a load or trailer behind it. I can see many folks opting for this combo over the extra expenditure of the diesel engine.
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Saw them at the Auto Show in Detroit today. Very nice trucks. Almost identical to the Chevy this year. I would say the Ram interiors were the nicest and that giant touch screen is awesome. Worth a look.
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AAARRGGHH! I have a ’14 Laramie with the Cummins -- now at 68,000 miles. I love my truck and it has been 100% reliable (though sure have had a lot of recalls....) I pulled up the details on the Ram site and it is going to be HARD for me to resist the 2019. Great safety updates, and the interior is a knockout. I ordered the truck I have now and it was just a bit over $65K. (I added the Ramboxes and wouldn’t do without them.) Also did some customizing. Added a 32 gal diesel tank in the bed and some glam as well. I like what I read about including stuff like the trailer TPMS, cameras, etc. I probably need to avoid going to the dealer once they arrive. Surely can’t justify a trade because the “old” truck “needs” replacing.
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Hans, so full disclosure - we leased it because we’re not sure what the next three years will bring with the 2019 27’ GT (praying for good health for wife and me).

Told the dealer the 2 “musts” were adaptive cruise, max tow capability. This was what he found available in the area that most closely matched our needs:

2019 RAM 1500 Laramie
5.7 Hemi (non-hybrid)
Advance Safety Group: Adaptive Cruise / Blind spot including trailer, front & rear alert etc.
3.92 Axle with electronic locker rear
33 gallon tank
Trailer Tow Group (dash brake controller, trailer mirrors (flip up)
Off-road package (skid plates, 1” lift, 20” wheels, Falken tires w/Snow rating, hill descent)
Sport Appearance (body color bumpers, grill) & sport hood,
Steel springs (no air suspension)
12” display, 19 speaker Harmon Kardon 900w amp
Panoramic sunroof
Tow Capacity: 11,400

I could have done without the Sport Appearance, Off Road and sunroof but I’m very happy with what we got. I get a smile every time that Hemi fires up!
All nice and I am sure plenty power; what is the Payload on this one? Still wondering if they have improved the payload with the nicer equipped 1500's.
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Adaptive cruise

For the record, I tested the adaptive cruise (Ford version) with the AS in tow last summer - and it applies both truck and trailer brakes if someone passes just to jump in front of you and brake check. Amazing.
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2019 RAM 1500 Payload? 1840 lbs...

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All nice and I am sure plenty power; what is the Payload on this one? Still wondering if they have improved the payload with the nicer equipped 1500's.
Great question Gypsydad - didn’t have it handy when I posted the options. I logged into the “My RAM” page which shows the options and capacities. Mine is 1840 pounds even with things like the panoramic sunroof and crew cab. This is enough for the two of us and a dog...
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For the record, I tested the adaptive cruise (Ford version) with the AS in tow last summer - and it applies both truck and trailer brakes if someone passes just to jump in front of you and brake check. Amazing.
Pjshier, you are spot-on. Had Adaptive Cruise on the last TV, a 2016 Touareg TDI \ 23’ FC FB. Set the radar to maximum distance, cruise set to 65 MPH, sit back and steer. If someone switched lanes it just backed off the gas or applied brakes when needed. I could see the high brake light reflect off the AS and trailer brake controller voltage rise. That experience changed my opinion from a “want” to a “must” for future TV requirements.
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