WHACKY WHEELS

What do you do when none of the lo­cal dou­ble cab of­fer­ings take your fancy? Flip de la Rosa from Ermelo de­cided to go large.

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I bought this 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie in the mid­dle of last year, and let me tell you, this is the per­fect ve­hi­cle for tow­ing. I bought mine from US Trucks. They’re based in Richards Bay. They con­vert the bakkies from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, reg­is­ter it, and pro­vide af­ter-sales support that in­cludes ser­vic­ing and parts. The Laramie spec­i­fi­ca­tion means it comes with a fair amount of bells and whis­tles, like the UCon­nect in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with touch screen dis­play, ful­l­length cur­tain airbags, hill-start as­sist, and a pinch pro­tec­tion sys­tem on the win­dows that re­verses the mech­a­nism when it senses an arm in the way. It’s also very spa­cious in­side. I have been tow­ing with the Ram only for a few months, but ev­ery­thing I have hitched has been pulled along ef­fort­lessly. It has the com­pany’s fa­mous 5.7 ℓ HEMI V8 un­der the bon­net. The mo­tor pro­duces a mas­sive 295 kW and 552 N.m of torque, and not even my new Jur­gens Exclusive or my 24-foot Sen­sa­tion boat or Co­bra Cat 625 deep-sea boat has made the Ram break a sweat. I tow with the cruise con­trol on. The Ram is so heavy you hardly feel what you’re tow­ing, but maybe that’s also down to the suite of elec­tronic safety fea­tures it has, like trailer sway con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and sta­bil­ity con­trol. With a pow­er­ful petrol V8 you can’t ex­pect thrifty con­sump­tion fig­ures, and the Ram is no ex­cep­tion. It drinks be­tween 16 ℓ/100 km and 20 ℓ/100 km. With that in mind, I had a 150 ℓ fuel tank fit­ted so that I could get de­cent range. One of my favourite things about the Ram is that, purely by chance, the wheels I got it with are al­most ex­actly the same as those fit­ted to the Jur­gens range­top­per and they com­ple­ment each other nicely.

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