This Ram is no meek sheep
Yankee muscle power...
LOOK at the grille. Subtle as a punch in the face.
The quintessential big American pick-up, Ram Trucks’ Laramie makes no apologies for being brash and intimidating.
When you dwarf a Ford Ranger or a Toyota HiLux you know you’re at the helm of a beast.
Yet the Laramie somehow manages to feel smaller than its hefty proportions, and not like being at the wheel of a B-double.
Driving the hulking pick-up market is the grey nomads and the pony club set. When it comes time to haul big tonnage, then it’s one of these immense Yanks you holler.
During recent times “gross vehicle mass” has been at the forefront of concern for grey nomads.
Crackdowns in New South Wales and Victoria have found many caravans to be overweight – with a combination of incorrect compliance plates, underpowered tow vehicles and inexperienced drivers causing issues.
With an ability to haul braked trailers up to 4500kg on the standard ball, the Laramie makes mince meat of just about any home on wheels.
Or get Pinto to pony club with sublime ease.
During recent years we’ve seen a many conversion experts undertake the left-hand drive modifications to a range of pick-up trucks, including the Ford F-Truck and Toyota Tundra, but the Ram operation is slightly different.
Wielding the tools is Melbourne-based Walkinshaw Automotive Group – the same crew responsible for the Holden Special Vehicles – which was founded by the British engineer, race car driver and entrepreneur Tom Walkinshaw, who died in 2010.
Using state-of-the-art facilities to make the change from left to right-hand drive seamless, our test vehicle was tight as a drum.
A massive amount of work goes into making the Ram Truck a right hooker, including accessing a new steering box that is designed and produced by the original manufacturer. Millions has been invested and it shows in the final product with no gaps, cracks or noises.
Despite lummox proportions, the Laramie is reasonably easy to navigate.
Highway travels are simple and easy in the dual cab, often you forget about the hulking size until passing another ute where you make a HiLux look like a Fiat 500.
The large column shifter takes some muscle and rekindles “three on the tree” days (the millennials would have no idea what that’s all about).
Just shifting into drive is typical of the experience behind the Laramie wheel.
You need to be brash, a little ballsy, tough and confident.
The big six-cylinder Cummins turbo diesel gets things moving surprisingly quickly.
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