In order to thoroughly test out a 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel, the Truck Trend Network took one home for some long-term testing. Driving a truck around for several months gives these guys a chance to try out all the Rebel’s bits and bobs, and find all the truck’s strengths and weaknesses. This long-term report comes at the halfway mark, after taking the Ram out on several jaunts to test its capabilities.
One of the Rebel’s strengths is its four-corner air suspension. In the last long-term report, Truck Trend noted that the system made for a super comfortable ride, no matter how rough their off-roading got. Now, they’ve tried out another application for this suspension system: towing. This 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel offers a 9,830 pound towing capacity. During their tests, this Rebel happily towed a couple of trailers several times. One weighed in at around 2,300 pounds with a 187 tongue weight, and the other was a 20-foot dual-axle travel trailer with a dry weight of 3,950 pounds and a tongue weight of 310 pounds. Their favorite feature is the air suspension self-leveling system. Once the trailer is connected to the truck — made easier with the Rebel’s backup camera — the suspension self-levels, and you’re off!
The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel offers several systems and options to make towing more convenient. The optional trailer brake controller is integrated just below the HVAC controls, for easy access. It ties in neatly with the Rebel’s seven-inch instrument cluster, and you can monitor setup and function easily. There’s also a standard ParkView rear backup camera, which makes it easy to position the hitch ball under the trailer’s hitch safely.
The Rebel has plenty of power to move the trailers along, too. Ram’s 5.7L Hemi engine offers 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. You can engage tow/haul mode to delay the eight-speed transmission’s upshifts, and it will automatically downshift to help with engine braking. Truck Trend’s test drivers found that the Rebel’s performance works very well for either of their towing loads, even in hot temperatures and hilly terrain.
2017 Ram 1500 Rebel For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
So far, the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel excels and impresses in every way. Want to try one of these trucks out for yourself? Stop by Forest Lake, MN and chat with a member of our sales team! We’re always happy to answer your questions and help you pick out the perfect truck. Come check out our inventory and our great low prices! We’ll also help protect your new Ram with our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. Come visit us near Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake soon!
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Source: Truck Trend Network