Starting November, Ram Truck will be offering a new Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service package for law enforcement and other emergency agencies through Chrysler Group Fleet sales. The newest Ram model features a selection of severe-duty-adapted equipment available on the 2012 Ram 1500 and several unique features.
Made for extreme-duty cycles, emergency and municipal service trucks are sometimes left idling for extended periods of time. The Ram 1500 includes 100,000-mile sparkplugs and a larger oil cooler to protect the engine during the unforgiving stop-and-go operations associated with first responders.
"The Ram 1500 Special Service Truck has been engineered to handle the severe demands of law enforcement," said Peter Grady, vice president of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "The same characteristics also make it and excellent choice for the Public Works, Maintenance, Engineering, and Fire Departments."
To handle the high electric loads, the Ram 1500 Special Service Truck includes a 220-amp alternator. A wire harness is capable of providing power, ground, and fusing for a variety of law enforcement lighting, siren, computer, modem, radar, or camera systems. The package also includes a power distribution center (PDC) with fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two separate 100-amp main fuses for camera, computer, modem, and printer systems.
The instrument panel houses a certified speedometer with engine hour and idle hour meter and a 110-volt inverter. The truck is available with a full-face steering wheel, four key fobs, and ten-way power front seats that accommodate multiple drivers.
A special headliner with auxiliary dome lamp sits over stain-repellent cloth bucket seats in the first row and a vinyl bench in the second row. The center console is removed to add space for extra equipment and the shifter is located on the steering column.
The Ram 1500 Special Service truck is offered exclusively in a roomy Crew Cab configuration with 125 cubic feet of interior volume. Additional welds in the front door structures handle the weight of ballistic material used by law enforcement vehicle upfitters. The truck also is available with the popular RamBox storage system. RamBox measures 50.5 inches and offers 7.3 cubic feet of lockable and lighted storage capacity.
Powering the new package is the 5.7L HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology, a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive with standard ESC. The new model comes with a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Steel wheels wrapped with Goodyear LT 265/70R17 tires offer improved cooling to the ABS-equipped 13.2-inch front vented discs and 13.8-inch discs in the rear. The innovative coil-spring rear suspension on the Ram 1500 has provides best-in-class ride and handling both on- and off-road.
A 3.92 axle ratio, 390 hp, and 407 lb.-ft. of torque contribute to a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs., payload of 1,455 lbs. and a GCWR of 15,500 lbs.