The term “small business” is very similar to the phrase “minor surgery” — it’s only small or minor when it’s someone else’s business or surgery. For those of us that run the day to day operations of anything from contracting, to landscaping, to farming, construction, or even paramedic and tow trucks, nothing about the business every feels very small. So it stands to reason that for a serious business, you’re going to need a serious truck, and the 2021 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab has got everything to make sure your business stays figuratively, and literally, on track.
Much like the venerable Ram pickups, you can have your work truck in one of four trim levels: Tradesman, SLT, Laramie, or Limited. Starting at about $39,000 for the Tradesman and going up to a base price of about $61,000 for the Limited, you can spend as much or as little as you’d like on your rolling office.
The base engine for the 4500 is the tried-and-true 6.4-liter Heavy-Duty Hemi V8 that makes a serious 370-horsepower at 4,600 RPM and a stump-pulling 429 lb-ft of torque at a relatively low 4,000 RPM. that power gets funneled through a six-speed Aisin AS66RC HD transmission and then on to either just the rear wheels or to all four corners depending on your choice of drivetrain.
As an option for those that need to haul and tow some seriously heavy stuff, you can upgrade to the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel inline-six for an additional $7,945, and that gets channeled through a stouter Aisin AS69RC HD six-speed trans, which also tacks on another $1,600 for the upgrade. The diesel produces a very healthy 360-horsepower and world-beating 800 pound-feet of torque, which not surprisingly, ranks as the best in its class.
The Ram also boasts the best in class rank when it comes to diesel towing and Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) — up to 35,220 pounds and 37,500 pounds respectively, which comes in handy if you need to move a whole town at once. Those massive haul numbers come due in no small part to the hydroformed front-rail system and rear steel frame that boast a strength of 50,000 psi. And Ram backs up their product with some impressive warranties. A diesel powertrain limited warranty, rust-through warranty, and roadside assistance all go to 100,000 miles, while the gas powertrain warranty extends to a still-impressive 60,000 miles. Even the suggested oil changes are confidence inspiring, with the Hemi needing changing every 10,000 miles, and the diesel not needing a look for 12,000 miles.
As with many work trucks, the Ram 4500 has a list of options that rivals a Wall Street trading room. Things like a 74-gallon duel fuel tank, 440-amp dual alternator system, a re configurable rear seat, 100% leather surfaces, real wood and aluminum trim, heated seats, a movie-theater sized 12-inch touchscreen infotainment center, nine USB ports, active grille shutters, engine shutdown timer, a trailer tire pressure display, 270 degree surround view camera, and a trailer reverse guidance system all top the list of wants and needs depending on your priorities.
As with any business, safety is always important. The Ram 4500 keeps all parties out of harms way the best it can with things like an adaptive forward lighting system, Parksense front and rear park assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
So if you’re in the market for a serious work truck, whether it be for hauling farm equipment cross country, or hauling sick people to the hospital across town, the Ram 4500 Chassis Cab is the perfect foundation to start from because so many of us know all too well that just like surgery, business is only small or minor when it comes to someone else.