Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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"Truck users are paying more attention to acquisition and operating costs, making sure they get the right truck with the correct capability. Previously the tendency was to buy bigger than they might need just in case they need it down the road," Albrecht says. Newer model Class 4 and 5 trucks are in many cases equal or more capable than the sometimes decade-old Class 6 trucks they are replacing, Albrecht thinks. He pointed to the '15 Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs' high gross combination weight and tow ratings. A new Max Payload Package on 6.4-liter Hemi-powered www.hortonww.com 1-800-621-1320 • +1 651-361-6400 In any climate, you'll get better engine and cab temperature control by replacing your on/off fan clutch with a Modulator Variable-Speed Retroft Package. Modulator and your truck's engine control module (ECM) work together to manage fan speed on heavy-duty line-haul and severe-duty vocational trucks. • Prevents under- and overcooling • Faster cab warm-up, effcient air-conditioning and quieter operation • Maximizes engine power to the vehicle drive wheels • Improved fuel savings in most applications • Long service and reduced downtime • Compatible with WindMaster ® HS11 or competitive fans © 2014 Horton Holding, Inc. All rights reserved. Variable-Speed Retroft Packages Circle 182 on Reader Action Card Ram 5500s, which is made possible by a new torque converter on the commercial-duty Aisin AS66RC auto- matic transmission, increases gross vehicle weight ratings to 19,000 and 19,500 pounds on various wheelbases. Those GVW ratings are 500 to 1,000 pounds higher than before. Many customers are choosing the 6.4 Hemi gasoline en- gine because it costs about $8,500 less than the Cummins diesel, and still does a respectable amount of work. For heavy towing, though, the diesel is still the better choice. "Offering a wide array of options for capability, func- tionality or comfort features makes sense in the context of cost control and rightsizing — getting the right truck with the right capability and features while balancing total cost of operation," says Albrecht. "For instance, Ram offers a 10,000-pound-GVWR option on our 3500 chassis cab for customers who don't typically haul or pull heavy loads, but at the same time it helps them reduce some of the administrative and insur- ance costs that come with operating heavier trucks." n www.truckinginfo.com OCTOBER 2014 • HDT 59 For 2015, Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cab models offer a new Max Payload Package with 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V-8s. It's made possible by a new torque converter on the commercial-duty Aisin AS66RC automatic transmission.

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