2018 Ram Chassis Cab

2018 Ram Chassis Cab

The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab is a pickup aimed at consumers who need a heavy duty work truck while also offering them the ability to tailor their truck with the several custom configurations offered. With towing capabilities up to 20,000 pounds, the Chassis Cab is available with single or dual rear wheel setups and three variants – 3500, 4500, and 5500. Let’s explore what other tricks the 2018 Ram Chassis Cabs has in store.

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2018 Ram Chassis Cab Performance


Engine + Configurations

As previously mentioned, the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab comes with three different variants – the 3500 Ram Chassis Cab, 4500 Chassis Cab, and 5500 Chassis Cab. All models are also offered with two cab sizes, regular cab and crew cab. The Chassis cab with a crew cab is available in three trim levels – Tradesman, SLT, and Laramie. The regular cab models are only available in the Tradesman and SLT trims.

The following specs are specifically for the 3500 model – the 3500 comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8 heavy duty HEMI engine and an optional 6.7-liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine. The 6.4-liter engine can generate 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, while the larger 6.7-liter engine can output 385 horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque. The 6.4-liter HEMI engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, with the option of a six-speed manual transmission. Additional standard engine features include heavy duty engine cooling, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, and anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes.

Fortunately, the three models for the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab share much of the same configuration options. The Ram Chassis Cab 3500 Tradesman and 3500 SLT trim levels are available in 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains. The Ram 3500 Chassis Cab has a maximum towing capacity of 18,050 pounds and a payload capacity of 4,900 pounds. The Ram 4500 Chassis Cab can tow up to 19,010 pounds and has a max payload capacity of 9,660. The high-tier Ram 5500 Chassis Cab trim can tow up to 18,960 pounds and has a payload capacity of 12,110 pounds.

The optional 6.7-liter engine not only makes the Ram Chassis Cab one of the most capable trucks, but it’s also proven to be the best-in-class 15,000-mile diesel engine oil change intervals – which works out perfectly for commercial workers. Once the Ram 3500 Chassis Cab is equipped with the 6.7-liter Turbo Engine, it has a maximum towing capacity of 19,270 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 5,030 pounds. The Ram 4500 Chassis Cab has a maximum towing capacity of 25,650 pounds and a max payload of 8,880 pounds, and finally the Ram 5500 Chassis Cab has a towing capacity of 30,600 pounds and payload of 11,630 pounds.

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2018 Ram Chassis Cab Style


Exterior Features

Built to handle even the toughest of jobs, the exterior of the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab can configure into any business solution for those commercial workers on the road. Standard exterior features shared by all trim levels includes exterior mirror with courtesy lamps and heating element, instrument panel mounted AUX switches, rear heavy duty stabilizer bar, and tip start. The Chassis Cab Tradesman is standard with 18-inch x 8.0-inch steel wheels, plus 18-inch x 8.0-inch steel chrome clad wheels as an available option – which is standard on the Ram Chassis Cab SLT. The highest trim level, Chassis Cab Laramie, only comes standard with 18-inch x 8.0-inch polished aluminum wheels. Lastly, all three trim levels come with standard on/off-road tires.

Interior Features

The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab not only offers several (and comfortable) seating configurations, but there are also plenty of convenient storage options. Standard features on the Ram 3500 Chassis Cab includes heavy duty vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seating, a behind-the-seat storage bin, auto-dimming rearview mirror with display, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear dome lamp. Additional optional features available on the Ram Chassis Cab include low back bucket seats, heated second-row seats, 115-volt AUX power outlet, and a full length upgraded floor console.



The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab is best known for its ability to configure into just about anything for almost any type of business profession that utilizes heavy-duty machinery and/or equipment. Some of these common professions include: emergency, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, and construction industries.

Service Upfits

Created for workers interested in tons of external cargo space and customizable shelving options for easy access to their equipment while keeping everything organized. This upfit is recommended for construction, emergency, electric, and highway maintenance workers.

Platform Upfits

A preferred option for construction, towing, and delivery workers, the platform upfit allows for easy loading/unloading. This upfit is also recommended for farming, forestry, plus oil and gas.

Dump Upfits

The dump upfit comes equipped with an underbody electric or hydraulic hoists and drop-sides that make loading/unloading of sand, soil, mulch and other heavy materials, a lot easier. The dump upfit is ideal for construction, landscaping, farming, and mining.

Box Van Upfits

The box van upfit is perfect for those moving and delivering. Built to maximize cubic square footage, the box van upfit also offers added security and gives drivers some peace of mind when transporting valuables. This upfit is recommended for construction, delivery, landscaping, and when moving storage.

Refrigeration Upfits

This upfit not only offers insulation for moderate to sub-zero cooling storage, the refrigeration upfit has a steel-reinforced outer body cage to help preserve your cargo from those harmful outside elements. This upfit is recommended for delivery, moving and storage, and farming.

Landscaper Upfits

For those transporting mulch or just loading pallets of sod, the landscaper upfit features frame-mounted storage boxes, subframe hydraulic hoists plus a huge variety of dump-box features that allow workers to build around their businesses. The Landscaper Upfit is recommended for construction, landscaping, farming and forestry.

Mechanic Upfits

The mechanic upfit allows drivers the ability to handle large-scale upfit requirements like cranes and offers a warehouse of capability and storage on wheels. The mechanic upfit also requires a reliable body construction and some serious electrical boosts, especially when using heavy equipment for service and repair. This upfit is recommended for construction, emergency, electrical, and highway maintenance.

Ambulance Upfits

The name speaks for itself – AMBULANCE upfit. While assisting in keeping safety and security concerns to a minimum, the ambulance upfit has exceptional cargo and electrical capabilities. This upfit calls for heavy duty power and performance, especially in potential life-threatening circumstances. The ambulance upfit is recommended for emergency and law enforcement workers.

Wrecker Upfits

In the world of commercial vehicles, the wrecker upfit is one of the most popular configurations available. In order to handle whatever chaos life throws at them, the wrecker upfit demands increased electrical loads, powerful hauling strength and storage. This upfit is recommended for auto repair, emergency, and highway maintenance.

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2018 Ram Chassis Cab Technology



The entertainment features offered on the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab are mostly based on the consumers preferences. Standard features include six speakers, audio jack input for mobile devices, center hub, media hub, and a remote USB port for charging only. A 5.0-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth integrated voice command is an available option on the Tradesman and SLT trims. The Laramie, however, comes standard with Uconnect 4C 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto, GPS antenna, steering wheel mounted audio controls, HD radio, and a complimentary one-year SiriusXM Guardian Service.

Safety Features + Warranty

Considering that the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab is a heavy duty work truck, it would only make sense that the majority of the safety features come standard – especially for those professions with added risk. Some standard safety features include Advanced Multistage Front Airbags, Electronic Stability Control, ParkView Rear Backup Camera, Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System, and Tire Pressure Monitoring Display. Furthermore, Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted, Side-Curtain, and Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags also come standard.

The 2018 Ram Chassis Cab has a starting MSRP of $33,795 (plus destination fee). All 2018 Ram Chassis Cabs are covered by the following warranties: 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty; a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty for the diesel engine; 5 years or 100,000 miles of roadside assistance; and a 5-year/100,000-mile rust-through coverage plan.

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