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Lantley

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Posted: 10/21/19 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not sure what your point is but the Ram/Dodge payload numbers do not determine if the Ridgeline is a real truck.
For the record I think the Ridgeline is a great vehicle for what it is, but I don't consider it a real truck either....LOL


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This is one reason why I never understood all the hate on this site for the Tundra. Sure, it didn’t have the highest payloads of 1/2 ton trucks but it was always more than the Ram, yet no one complained about the Ram.


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Posted: 10/21/19 06:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LOL! A few years ago, when I had a really lightweight pop-up truck camper (about 1000#), it was kept on an old mid-'90s RAM rust bucket just for a way to move it around - but the first time we placed it atop a late-model RAM, the truck squatted like a little girl crying in a corner.....LOL! We blamed the coil springs. Adding air bags to the springs made a HUGE difference - but when transferring the camper back to the rust-bucket, the old beast didn't budge.

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my f150 is a low trim level and still gets me 1980 lbs payload.


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Desert Captain wrote:

For the first time the latest commercials from Dodge are now calling their Half ton Dodge Ram's "Light Duty Pickups". The commercials don't verbally say so but the print on the screen is quite clear. I know it is just marketing but then again many of the Ram so called half tons come with well under 1,000# of payload so maybe they have a point.

Pardon my chuckling but after having a Doge Ram 4X4 crew cab guy tell me that my Honda Ridgeline was not a "Real truck" it is hard to keep a straight face. His "Real Truck" comes in at 977# of payload so maybe the new Dodge commercials are right. For the record... Ridgeline, Tacoma, Colorado, Ranger, Yukon and even the Frontier typically have more payload than the venerable Dodge Ram.
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Since I can flat tow a Ram, Chevy and Ford half ton I'm missing the point. I haven't seen any Honda, Nissan or Toyota trucks behind a camper.


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Maybe you will get a "Chuckle" out of this, the LAST year a Dodge truck was made was 2012.

I was called RAM for a while before that time but they Legally became RAM in 2013.


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Posted: 10/21/19 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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This is one reason why I never understood all the hate on this site for the Tundra. Sure, it didn’t have the highest payloads of 1/2 ton trucks but it was always more than the Ram, yet no one complained about the Ram.

Hate ?? I've been a rv.net member since '03 and have never saw all this hate you refer to.
Now what I did see and still see is some Tundra owners bilge about the Tundra being equivalent to a 3/4 ton truck which it isn't. It is a good stout 1/2 ton truck with small 4xxx lb rawr which carries the load in the bed like rv folks do. More experienced truck owners pointed out the differences.

The Ram 1500 LD has been on Rams Body Builder website for several years so nothing new there.
Low payloads come from low GVWRs but isn't indictive of the trucks actual/legal/safe load carrying capacities.

We can go through any LDT makers weight specs and find a certain configured truck with a low payload number....or a high payload number.
What payload one sees on a certain brand dealer lot isn't indicative of all trucks of the same brand.


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I guess Dodge/Ram {whatever} knew better than to rename their half ton "The New Dakota" LMAO.

"And yes he Ridgeline is a minivan with a pick up bed!" [emoticon] Excuse me?

My Rdgeline has 1,477# of payload, AWD, 18" wheels and the largest bed of any midsize truck. Oh, for the record Car and driver named the Ridgeline "Midsize TRUCK of the Year" for 2017, 2018 and yes... 2019.

The 6 speed trans works well along with the variable cylinder management which enhances performance on demand with its ECCO mode. The heavy duty transmission cooler is there for the bigger jobs and the Honda has the highest 5 Star crash ratings of any truck. Did I mention the 8 cubic foot lockable trunk located under the rear bed just forward of the dual action tailgate that drops down or opens like a gate?

I need a truck about 5 percent of the time and spend the remaining 95 percent enjoying the ride, handling and economy of a Honda Accord comfortable in the knowledge that I have a truck available anytime I need it and no, I will never be towing it behind my Class C. That role is taken by my 10' Cargo trailer and typically hauls either my Indian Springfield {Bike and trailer = 2,220# or my Polaris Rzr at 2,580# } on a tow capacity of 5,000.

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^ We get it, you like your Ridgeline. They are cute. Nice mid size pickup. Bit lighter duty than say a Colorado but very usable for commuting, light towing/hauling.

Payload discussions here always go sideways thanks to the the folks who don't understand and those that refuse to and that's exactly where this is at.
Thought your first post was more in jest, but appears that your over justification for the Ridgeline has persisted.
This is akin to the 1/2T payload/towing vs 3/4 ton payload/towing.
Believe whatever makes you sleep well at night, but the Ridgeline is nowhere near as capable overall as a well equipped 1/2 ton and a 1/2 ton is not as capable as a 3/4 ton regardless of some "overlap" in ratings.


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very simply put, 1/2 ton = city truck grocery getter


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