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Ram Outdoorsman

A Deer Hunter's Most Versatile Tool

 The Ram Outdoorsman is a deer hunter’s truck! Called on to perform a number of tasks efficiently. The Ram Outdoorsman has the capacity for provisions and gear. You will also have room to take your deer to the processor’s after a successful hunt. The Ram Outdoorsman has the strength to haul a camper or tow a trailer. The all-weather, all-terrain capabilities allow you to do so in conditions that can turn nasty in the space of a few hours. The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman was designed specifically with a hunter’s needs in mind.

Built for Hunters

The Outdoorsman is available in four-door/five-passenger Quad Cab and Crew Cab body styles. With your choice of 6-foot, four-inch or five-foot, seven-inch bed lengths.

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Four-wheel-drive is standard equipment, as is a heavy-duty suspension, Anti-Spin rear differential, protective skid plates and beefy LT265/70R17 on/off-road tires.

Power to Get There and Back

The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman’s standard engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Delivering up to 25 mpg on the highway.

For bigger trailers, or if your camper is heavier than a simple pop-up, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 produces 395 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, making 240 horses and 420 lb-ft of twist is another option.

Ram was the first manufacturer to offer a diesel engine option in a light-duty pickup. The EcoDiesel has proven to be a game changer. The EcoDiesel is B-20 biodiesel compatible. It can go as long as 10,000 miles between oil changes when the recommended synthetic oil is used. In the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman the EcoDiesel can return 28 highway mpg.

Engines are backed by 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmissions. They’re operated not by the usual floor- or steering-column mounted levers but through a rotary dial on the dashboard.

Having all those cogs in the transmission keeps the engines operating at maximum efficiency.

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The Ram 1500’s instrument panel features a touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system that provides hands-free calling. The satellite navigation is available through subscription.

Work Capable

Ram was the first pickup manufacturer to replace traditional rear leaf springs with coil springs. This change improved the truck’s ride and handling qualities without sacrificing towing or payload capacity.

The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman builds on that foundation with heavy-duty front suspension components. The extra-heavy-duty shock absorbers in the back offer better support. Providing more control of the heavy loads the truck was made to carry.

The Ram Outdoorsman 4x4 trucks have lower hauling and tow capacities than the peak numbers you see advertised for 4×2 models. They still get the job done with payload ratings of more than 1,700 pounds. Tow capacities of up to 10,220 pound. More than enough to tug a trailer carrying two ATVs into the woods.

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Trail Capable

The coil-spring suspension under the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman makes it an excellent four-wheeler. Having a coil spring at each corner allows better wheel articulation over uneven terrain.

That translates to improved traction off the pavement as the truck’s big tires stay planted on the ground. Added traction assist comes from the Anti-Spin rear differential that’s standard on the Outdoorsman.

You’ll find a healthy amount of ground clearance under the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman. Almost 10 inches under the front end. More than 9 beneath the rear.

The optional air suspension can lift the body an additional 2 inches to clear trail hazards. While lowering the body an inch at highway speeds to improve the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency.

XXL Interior

There’s a reason Ram product planners limited the Outdoorsman models to the four-door Quad and Crew Cab models. They recognized the need hunters have for extra space inside the truck’s cabin. Enough for themselves and their hunting buddies.

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The rear seating area offers ample leg room. Doors open all the way to allow easy ingress and egress with bulky deer hunting clothes on.

Broader seat cushions and a few more inches of elbow room mean a lot when you’re all geared up and headed for your deer stand. That kind of thinking went into the design of the Ram’s instrument panel controls. Climate system and infotainment functions are accessed through the truck’s central touchscreen with old-fashioned buttons and dials to turn on the heater and change the radio station. Handy when you’re wearing gloves.

You won’t get any complaints from the back seat passengers. Even in the shorter Quad Cab, leg room is ample enough so no one’s knees are stuffed into the seatback in front of them.

Rolling Hunting Lodge

Ram has a long-standing reputation for designing truck interiors with more than ample storage space. The cavernous console between the front seats was designed to swallow a laptop computer. It will easily accommodate binoculars, maps, dry clothes, and extra gloves.

 

There are also storage cubbies in the dashboard and the door panels. These are great for ATV keys, cell phones, or travel mugs.

The seats are covered in easy-to-clean premium cloth upholstery. While the floor is protected by thick rubber mats.

In the Backcountry, but Still Connected

For hunters who relish their time in camp but just can’t stand to be off the grid, the Uconnect Access program offers Yelp search, text messaging via voice commands, and the ability to turn the truck into a Wi-Fi hot spot.

 

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