Ram knows you, Ted Nugent types. Ram knows how much you love guns and the piercing of animals large and small, whether by hook or by bullet. Ram also knows that you’ll probably need a boat—a bigger one, in fact—and that camping is a messy contact sport. For the discerning outdoorsman, Ram has launched a new model of its 1500 pickup—aptly known as the Outdoorsman.
The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman adds standard towing features like a Class IV hitch, brake controller, harness plugs, additional transmission cooling, a limited-slip differential, 3.92 axle ratio and heavy-duty shock absorbers on 4×4 models. The engine is a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with enough horsepower (390) to haul Cockett’s Stinger, with two available transmissions: a 6-speed and a new 8-speed TorqueFlite. Skid plates round out the bottom against errant bushes, beefy off-road tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels ensure that you’ll get there, and a 32-gallon gas tank ensures that you can stay out there for longer. Which will be handy when your last fill-up clears your wallet and you’re forced to live on predatory sustenance.
The Outdoorsman last made an appearance two years ago, but interstate warriors and those who tow will be gratified to learn that this time it’ll be here to stay. In Ram’s lineup, the Outdoorsman slots between the Sport and Big Horn variations at $35,065, which is only 7 times the cost of the North Face 2-Meter Dome Tent. Happy trails!