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Ram 1500: A Powerful History

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

Ram has a history of making the very best pick up trucks on the market, not only today, but for a long time. Each of the Ram trucks has a wonderful slew of features to offer, but we want to focus on the Ram 1500. You can get your own Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

1981-1993 – Although Dodge had produced trucks since 1917, the 1981 pickups were the first to sport the Ram name. Dodge actually used a Ram’s head hood ornament back in 1933 to characterize its trucks as rugged vehicles. The symbol was dropped in the 1950s and then resurrected for 1981 when Lee Iacocca (then President and CEO at Chrysler Corp.) and Dodge’s marketing team decided to name Dodge’s trucks after the tough beast and brought back the old mascot. We don’t know why they ever stopped using the Ram symbol, though it was likely due to a poor management decision.

The 1981 pickups kept the previous year’s model designations, i.e., a “D” for two-wheel-drive trucks and a “W” to signify four-wheel-drive trucks. The numbers after the letter indicated what the truck was rated to haul: 150 meant half ton, 250 meant three-quarter ton and 350 meant one ton. Thus a Ram D150 was a two-wheel-drive, half-ton pickup. Four-wheel drive versions were called Power Rams.

“As before, Dodge’s pickups could be had in a variety of cab and bed configurations. Standard cab, extended cab (called Club Cab) and four-door Crew Cab styles offered various passenger-toting ability with wheelbases that ranged from 115 inches (for a standard cab with a 6.5-foot bed) to 165 inches (for a Crew Cab with an 8-foot bed). Bed styles consisted of the nostalgic Utiline (that featured separate rear fender pods and a narrow bed) and the more modern and smooth-sided Sweptline models.”-edmonds.com

You should get your Ram 1500 at All Star today!

A Look Back at Ram Trucks

New Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

Ram trucks are some of the very best on the market today, but they have actually been atop the market for a very long time. Today we want to take a look back at the history of the Ram trucks – remember, you can always get the latest Ram trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale.

The Dodge brothers (John and Horace) got their start making parts for Ford and other makers. From the first Dodge Brothers automobile in 1914, the Dodge brothers’ durability and quality earned their company a strong reputation and good sales. They did not build an actual truck until World War I, though, and that was a panel van, not a pickup – with a half-ton capacity and a 35 horsepower four cylinder engine. The underlying chassis was likely almost unchanged from their cars.

In 1921, Graham Brothers started selling 1.5 ton pickups through Dodge dealers, using Graham bodies on Dodge chassis. A one ton model showed up later in the 1920s, powered by that same four cylinder engine, and Dodge Brothers bought Graham Brothers over 1925 and 1926.

“Dodge introduced a half-ton pickup for 1929 just after its acquisition by Chrysler, the last truck designed by the old Dodge Brothers company. Three engines were available – two Dodge engines with six cylinders (63 and 78 hp), and a Maxwell four cylinder that produced 45 hp (more than the old Dodge Fours). The trucks had four wheel hydraulic brakes, a significant safety feature unique to Chrysler-built pickups, and standard across Chrysler Corporation vehicles.”-allpar.com

For more information on the different generations of Ram trucks, please head to All Star and talk with a member of their team. They would love to help you get behind the wheel of a fantastic Ram truck today!

Extreme Ram Test Drives

New Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

One of the best ways to decide whether or not you like a vehicle is to take a test drive. Of course you can take a test drive at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters. Their friendly team is knowledgeable and is sure to help you see all of the great attributes that the different Dodge Ram vehicles have to offer. However, what if you really want to push a Ram to the limit, you might want to take a test drive on The Mojave Road. We want to share with you just what you can expect from this more intense test drive.

One could argue that a Ram Power Wagon is more able than necessary for the Mojave Road, and as long as everything’s going your way it is. However, with questionable weather, that dry lake that sometimes isn’t, a long-wheelbase two-wheel drive and a highway-tire four-wheel-drive truck in the convoy, and solo exploring on the agenda, extra capability is always welcome. And then there’s the fatigue-fighting factors of relaxed body motions on the trail and a quiet highway ride because from almost anywhere the Mojave Road is a highway ride away.

“The Power Wagon’s extra compression suspension travel, well calibrated Bilsteins, and flexible sidewalls (it’s the only three-quarter-ton truck on Load Range D tires) make it surprisingly good for a 7,400-pound truck that also manages highways well.”-autoblog.com

What makes the Mojave Road a great place to test drive the Ram is that on this one road, you encounter nearly every road type and condition, along with every weather condition. There are few places better than this road to get a comprehensive glimpse at Ram performance.

For more information on any of the Ram models and their capabilities, head to All Star today!

Which Ram is Right for You?

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

We love the different Ram models that are available at All Star near Ellisville and there are a number of different ones from which to choose. You might be wondering which model is right for you. Today we want talk about a few of the different Ram models so you have more information to help you make your decision!

2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
The newly redesigned 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon turns work into play and makes play, well, more powerful. The Power Wagon features a 12,000-lb capacity Warn winch, electronic sway bar disconnect, front and rear selectable lockers all class exclusive and standard, as well as fuel case and transfer case skid plates, 33-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, hill descent control, aggressive blacked-out headlamps and Power Wagon grille, and exclusive Power Wagon hood and bed decals. The result is an aggressively styled off-road truck that performs on the trail.

2017 Ram 2500 Big Horn & Lone Star
For those who need a work truck that gets the job done and looks good doing it, the 2017 Ram 2500 Big Horn and Lone Star (unique to Texas) include standard and available features like the available class-exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System, available Uconnect 8.4 with SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a one-year subscription included, 10-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment, seating for up to six people, and available ParkView Rear Back Up Camera so you’ll be able to keep an eye on your trailer when you’re backing down a two-track or into a garage.

To learn more about the other trims available, head to All Star today. You can test drive and learn the ins and outs of each of the Ram pick up truck models. (The information on the above listed trims was compiled from ramzone.com and ram.com.)

A Look Back at Dodge Ram

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

Dodge Ram has been an integral part of the American landscape for a very long time. Today we want to take a quick look at the early history of the Dodge Ram. To become part of the long lineage of the Dodge Ram, get your own new cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County.

The first-generation Ram trucks & vans introduced in 1981 featured a Ram hood ornament, first used on Dodge vehicles in 1933. Dodge kept the previous generation’s model designations: “D”, “B” or Ram indicated two-wheel drive while the “W” or Power Ram indicated four-wheel drive. Just like Ford, Dodge used 150 to indicate a one-half ton truck, 250 for a three-quarter ton truck, and 350 for one-ton truck. Standard cab, “Club” extended cab, and crew cab versions were offered along with 6.5 ft (2.0 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) bed lengths and “Utiline” and “Sweptline” styled boxes. Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in 1972. The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lamps, single rectangular headlamps, and squared-off body lines. Variously configured Slant-6 and V8 gasoline engines were available. The interior was updated and included a newer style bench seat, and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster, with a three-pod design – a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right. Models not having a full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. (This information was compiled from dodge.com, ram.com, and edmonds.com.)

For more information, stop by All Star today. Become part of the American landscape, get a Dodge Ram!

We’re About the Ram 2500

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near University City

Living in the St. Louis area, we love trucks. There is just something about driving through the rural communities in a truck that makes us happy. Not to mention that trucks make it really easy to get around in the winter, can we get a four wheel drive?! Today we want to talk a little bit about the Ram 2500 and what it offers.

Here are some highlights:

  • America’s off-road truck leader adds to its lineup with new Power Wagon and new Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Package
  • 2017 Ram Power Wagon design includes new interior, wheels, grille, bumpers and legacy graphics, taking cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon”
  • Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Package features a list of essential components available on 2500 Crew and Mega Cab 4×4 models:
    • Hill-descent Control
    • Tow hooks
    • Transfer case skid plate
    • Bilstein shocks
    • Limited-slip Differential
    • On-/Off-road tires (18-inch or optional 20-inch)
    • Wheel flares
    • Off Road decal
  • Standard 6.4-liter HEMI on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims
  • Bilstein monotube shocks standard on Laramie Longhorn and Limited 4×4 models, enhancing already best-in-class ride and handling
  • All Ram trucks receive a new five micron cabin air filter

For 2017, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment with 31,210 pounds of towing, 7,390 pounds of payload and 900 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram owns the titles, which are most important to HD buyers. “Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks also offer more innovative features and better ride quality than competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.”-voicenews.com

For more information on the Ram 2500, head to All Star near University City. The team will show you even more of what the 2500 features and take you on a test drive. Get your pick-up truck today!

A Charger – Ram Truck Hybrid?

Dodge Charger at All Star near Clayton

The Dodge Charger is a nod to the classic age of muscle cars. It is powerful, it roars when you drive it, and it’s comfortable. The styling of this classic car is classic in a way that never goes out of style. There is just something about the Charger that makes you say, “Wow!” when you look at it. It is this classic styling that have some people saying that other models in the Dodge Ram family are starting to resemble the Charger. We certainly don’t hate the idea of this happening. One such model that this styling is reflected is the new Ram trucks that are set to come out in 2018. Let’s take a look at what we are talking about.

The Ram trucks look a little chunkier than the current trucks, with more shapes going on. That vertical bar dividing the grille got a whole lot fatter, too. And of course, the thing’s wearing requisite LED trim lights. The back actually looks a bit like a GMC, with those bracket taillights, but with the Ram Rebel’s whale shark mouth shape moved from the front to the tailgate.

A refreshed Ram truck, is expected to come out within the next year or so for the 2018 model year. What we don’t know is what, if any, changes will happen beyond the aesthetics teased at in these images. “That gives us a lot of time to have tweaks made to the design, so I guess I wouldn’t count on this as the final look for the next Ram truck. But I’ll take it as at least a strong suggestion.” -truckyeah.com

Since the refresh is still in the early stages, we are not sure exactly what the final model will look like. For more information on the different Ram trucks and on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star near Clayton today!

Summer is Ending, Time to Bring the Boat Home

COSTA MESA CA/USA - OCTOBER 17 2015: Dodge Ram Truck Center sign and logo.

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near Oakville

It is officially September in the St. Louis area. The first few leaves are beginning to drop and the rain has set it. (Seriously, what is it will all of the rain we get in September?) Since Labor Day weekend has paased, we have seen the official close to summer. That means that it is time to bring the boat back from the lake and get the camper put away for the cold months. If you have a Ram truck from All Star Dodge Ram near Oakville, then towing these vehicles back home will be no problem. We do want you to be safe while towing behind your Ram truck, so we have a few tips to make sure you are towing with confidence this fall.

  1. Check Around– Just before you head out, always check the tire inflation pressure all the way around on both the tow vehicle and trailer. Don’t underestimate how a small amount of over or under-inflation can make a big difference in the handling properties of the rig.
  2. Maintain– If a wind gust from an overtaking semi or other vehicle causes your rig to sway or swerve, don’t stab the brakes. Cleanly move your foot off the throttle, firm up your grip on the steering wheel, and give the rig a moment or two to stabilize.
  3. Go With the Flow– When backing up, relocate your hands on the steering wheel from the usual ten and two o’clock positions to five and seven.  This makes reverse-maneuvering the trailer much more natural and intuitive.

If you are not sure whether or not your Ram is ready for towing, bring it by the All Star dealership and let the team at the service center make sure you can bring your boat home safely.

Could Ram be Adding a SUV to its Lineup?

COSTA MESA CA/USA - OCTOBER 17 2015: Dodge Ram Truck Center sign and logo.

New Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton

News started to surface last week about the possibility of Ram adding a SUV to their lineup of trucks. We wanted to investigate this claim a little further, so we did a little research and wanted to share that with you today. If you have any questions on the existing Ram lineup, head to All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton.

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is looking into manufacturing a large SUV based on the Ram 1500 pickup truck’s current platform, reports USA Today. If built, the SUV would compete against the Chevrolet Tahoe and could even spawn a smaller pickup. Ram already has most of the bases covered with its current lineup, but a smaller pickup truck would allow it to enter the booming midsize pickup segment where it would compete with the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma along with the Chevy Colorado and GMC, which are the newest entries.” -autoblog.com

Mike Manley, head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep and Ram brands, told USA Today that the current platform found in the Ram 1500 could be utilized for a body-on-frame SUV. With a large SUV, FCA would be able to capitalize on the ever-growing SUV market and go toe-to-toe with General Motors (GM) and Ford.

The next-generation of Ram pickup trucks is expected to go on sale in early 2018, which would put a large SUV close behind. In an attempt to increase the automaker’s production capacity, FCA also plans to move Ram’s current production facility from Warren to Sterling Heights, MI. (Part of this information was pulled from USA Today and autoblog.com)

For more information on when the new Ram trucks will be released, head to All Star today. Their staff would love to tell you about what is going to be coming out soon, and which models you will want to check out!

Ram 1500 – An Insider Look

construction foreman worker is watching building works on site

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Chesterfield

We frequently talk about the amazing qualities of the Ram 1500 that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Chesterfield, but every once in a while we like to get some feed back from someone who actually purchased a Ram 1500. We like to get their insider scoop as to why they bought this truck over others and what they like about it. Today we will share with you our conversation with a custom home builder who recently purchased a Ram 1500.

What lead you to buy a new truck, and more specifically, the Ram 1500?

-The truck I had was nearly 20 years old and had a lot of miles. I wanted something that I could take clients to see properties in and a truck that would make working on a job site easy. I needed to have room to store all of my tools in a safe place. The Ram 1500 that I bought has the crew cab, so I can shuttle clients around, and I have a hard locking case coming for the extended bed that I can lock; it basically makes my truck bed into a giant lock box.

Did you get the basic model or did you opt for some fun extras?

-I opted for the extras that I thought would make my clients more comfortable while in the truck and that would make my communications easier while I am driving. I have nicer fabric on the seats and one of the more advanced entertainment packages.

What made you want to buy a Ram 1500?

-My old truck was a Ram and I have found that Ram trucks last a long time and hold up to rough work. I plan on driving Ram trucks for as long as I have a license!