By Kesly Porter Ellis
Bringing in the New Year means bringing in new goals, both personal and business-related. And whether you are the goal setting type or not, you most likely want to see your operation expand, grow and improve in the upcoming year. But taking on such big goals isn’t accomplished without a good amount of work. Dependable transportation is a sure way to get all of the jobs done in a timely, efficient fashion, without any headaches or hiccups. Which is why Chevrolet, Ford, Ram and GMC have built the ultimate ranch vehicle to add to their lineups for your 2018 operation.
Chevrolet Silverado HD
Chevrolet knows the kind of conditions and challenges you and your operation face on a daily basis, which is why their team has worked to design the perfect pickup for you. Got a heavy load? No problem! With a 6.6L Duramax engine under the hood, the Silverado 3500 HD has a towing capacity of 23,300 lbs. ensuring that even the heaviest loaded stock trailer is easily towed. But that’s not where its power stops; the 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque that the Duramax brings to the table links the pull with the power, keeping you up to speed no matter the conditions. The bulletproof Allison transmission is as high quality as ever, and really adds to the value of the vehicle. With the added tow haul, exhaust brake and sway control, reining the pickup’s power in takes close to no effort on your part.
Hill Start Assist really finishes the package off, providing the help you need to switch back and forth from the brake to the accelerator without changing speed or rolling back on the hill. The interior design can be customized to fit your needs, and makes your hauling experience seem more like a luxury rather than work, and will have you making up excuses to take a drive. In addition to the tried and true triple sealed doors, dual firmness foam inside the seats and sound-deadening materials from past models, a few more features have been added.
2018 additions include; a back-up camera on all models, with a cargo box and a tire fill alert feature. On the crew cab a few paint colors have been added; Cajun Red Tintcoat, Havana Metallic, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat. Any of these colors, coupled with the new grille design, will have you looking good on the job. Chevy has not forgotten that each operation and person has a different need, taste and expectation when it comes to their pickup, which is why they have several customizable features that you can check out at www.chevrolet.com or stop by your local dealer for closer look.
Ford Super Duty Series
2017 was a big year of change for the Ford Super Duty Series; a lighter aluminum body and fully boxed steel frame, along with added power, really boosted the pickup’s appeal and functionality, and anyone who has owned one of these powerhouses knows that any of the Ford Super Duty Series are a great asset to a ranching operation. The 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine, exhaust brake, and TorqShift heavy duty transmission all work together to pull up to 32,500 lbs. with 925 lb-ft of torque. This pickup is literally designed to pull anything with ease, and it is prepared to tackle any job your operation faces. The customizable features on this pickup just never end, from towing assists to automated emergency braking, adaptive steering system and trailer tire pressure gauges to the adaptive cruise control option.
You not only have the capability of pulling a decent load, but Ford has gone back to the basics to help you hook onto that load with multiple cameras as well as steering guidance. This pickup is designed to do so much more than just get you from point A to point B. 2018 brings a few additions including the new unlimited trim, a satin-finish tailgate trim, unique badging, and specially designed grille that will really turn heads on your trips to town. On the inside the premium two-tone leather seats, and ash-wood trim provide style as well as comfort. 2018 offers more customizable features than ever before. Check out your options at www.ford.com or stop by at your local dealer today.
Ram Heavy Duty
The 2018 Ram 3500HD, with their new fifth wheel hitch design, has a towing capacity of 31,210 pounds (a 5,000 pound increase from 2017). The tried and true Cummins engine coupled with an exhaust brake is simply a workhorse with 930 lb-ft of torque (30 lbs. more than the 2017 model). Hooking onto the heaviest load of calves, cows, horses, even a load full of ornery old bulls and going anywhere on your outfit is just no match for the working abilities of this pickup. The rear auto-level air suspension feature makes for a smooth ride loaded or empty, and allows the pickup to haul up to 7,390 pounds. The added features will have you forgetting that you are even hooked onto a trailer.
The Ram 3500HD is a classy looking ride, and the available customizable features can help you add a little flare. The cargo camera, wheel-to-wheel side steps for easy access to the bed, power exterior mirrors with driver memory, and box rail caps to reduce the wear and tear on your pickup during loading and unloading makes everyday use more practical than ever before. Ram really put the extra work into ensuring that your operation would be covered for any situation. Park assist, touch screen Uconnect command center, and several seating options add comfort to any job you need to do. Not only does the Ram pickup start out with a lot of power, but it has been designed to last. This pickup is truly equipped and ready to perform for you no matter the occasion. Visit www.ramtrucks.com to learn more and explore your options, or visit the team at your local dealer today.
GMC Sierra Denali HD
The GMC Sierra Denali HD is certainly head turning, and the 2018 addition of a new grille design, 7-inch touchscreen, backup camera and tire-fill alert, as well as adding Deep Mahogany Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, and White Frost Tricoat colors certainly add to the flashiness. But don’t let its exterior fool you. Underneath the hood the 2018 Sierra is all work and no play, and is ready to get the job done. Nearly 2/3rds of the cab is made from steel, and a high-strength steel bed can be added to increase durability.
The 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine boasts 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. Working alongside its Alisson Transmission the pickup is something to reckon with. GMC has really put together a pickup that will have you pulling heavy loads up to 23,300 lbs. with no problem. A diesel exhaust brake helps to reduce the wear on your brake pads, but the added power doesn’t add any noise, and this is the quietest idling Sierra HD ever offered. Digital Steering Assist adapts steering input requirements to the immediate situation, and helps you pull even the heaviest load with ease and confidence. More driver alerts are offered than before, which will ensure that you stay safe and informed while on the road. The GMC Sierra HD is ready to add a little style to your business, without compromising on durability, power or comfort in the process. Create a Sierra that’s just the way you like it at www.gmc.com or visit with your local dealer.
Ram, Chevrolet, Ford and GMC all have a terrific 2018 product for you whether you live in the Rocky Mountains or the Flatlands of Nebraska or anywhere in between. Better head to town and find the nearest dealer near you.