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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 7 % NOW HIRIN( TANKER TRUCK DRIVERS SCHNEIDER HAS AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR , Experienced Tanker Drivers Recent Driving School Graduates Predictible Work Schedules Flexible Home Time Consistent Pay Check Apply online at schneiderjobs.com or call 1-800-44-PRIDE EOE M/F/DN CYINC. 121 West Pine - Ponchatoula 386-3511 Call Us For All Your Insurance Needs SPARKY WELLES - President & Manager - Tom ,Repa0000 386-8802 610 W. Pine- Ponchatoula Brakes Computer Engine Service Carburetor Tune Ups Electrical Air Conditioning Fuel Injection Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mathematics of a champion puller By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times On Wheels Columnist Here's a fun way to do math. Let's see how much can be pulled or hauled in the 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie edi- tion truck. The partnership between the heavy duty diesel engine mas- ters at Cummins and Chrysler, has created for the Dodge brand what many consider the gold standard in this country for pickups. So, let's start with consider- ing hauling the real heavy met- al. Gold, the element that for- merly backed our realm, tips the scales at 27.5 pounds per bar in Fort Knox (24 carat purity). The 3500 Laramie Crew Cab can carry in its bed' 187 bars, 2.5 tons, and at over $1200 per ounce represents about 94 billion dollars worth of cargo. A savvy trader could add 640 more bars in a trailer hitched to its towing package and push the total haul to around 3.3 trillion dollars worth. That's more than the Gross Domestic Product of most coun- tries in the world rolling along in the back of your truck. See what you can imagine? And it's amazing what you can pull with an almost 9-ton towing capac- ity. The Dodge Laramie Ram truck has a 6.7 liter Turbo Cum- mins diesel engine under the hood with a six-speed automatic transmission. That combina- tion makes this vehicle best in its class for low end torque: 650 ft" lbs. at 1500 RPM.s, Think , freight trai, nQt peedy, b/t also not slowing down unless you want it to. A special towing mode, when selected, revises the transmis- sion shifting schedule, reduc- ing gear hunting when pulling a heavy load. Anyone looking to tow or haul anything from a trailer, 5th wheel, or RV will be comfortable with this power- train's capability. Towing a Bobcat or a Donzi boat, a race-car, or horse trailer, will cause no doubts about the capability of this machine. Brak- ing is ramped up as well, with large surface area disc brakes, all around. Engine-assist brak- j, Perfect for the Manchac boat launch The big horns of the Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab stand out at Pass Manchac. It doesn't even have to honk. (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) ing, just like in a big 18 wheel rig, is provided for the addition- al security vital in taking large loads down inclines. Dual rear wheels and Dodge's self described shouldered fender design along with a muscular chrome hood make for an im- pressive look, unlike any truck I've driven. Inside, the Laramie Crew Cab four wheel drive edition was quite a luxurious truck. Up front the spacious captain's chairs are: leather, heated, ven- tilated, and adjustable in every way imaginable. In back, the four door Laramie Crew Cab seats three easily and offers the lucky passengers DVD or satel- lite TV viewing with wireless headphones, climate controls, reclining 60/40 seats. Passen- gers preferring natural scenery can gaze up at the sky through the automatic sunroof. To experience an almost con- vertible-like breeze, back seat riders can open the automatic, electric sliding rear window. No ordinary vinyl or plastic trim- mings adorn this vehicle, in the optional: package those have both been replaced with leather- wrapping on the handles, steer- ing wheel, and other accents. Satellite-based Sirius radio as well as traffic navigation and GPS navigation are also option- al. This high tech media center is rendered very usable via con- trols both up front and on the steering wheel. Another plus to navigation was pointed out by Eddie Veatch, famous local musician and former worldwide piano dealer who commented, "Anyone who has ever backed up to a trailer, solo, will appreciate PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab the ultimate truck By BRYAN T. McMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist The Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab is for serious truckers. Our fully-loaded test drive vehicle comes with a base price of $50,145, boosted by a list of mouth-watering options to $58,385, or roughly six times the cost of the house I grew up in. But you've got to think big to approach this vehicle. Time out for Bryan's Reality Check. Ladies, if you are d for a se- cure vehicle to hold the fruits of your next shopping expedition, please do not buy this truck. "Overkill" does not begin to de- scribe it. Guys, you are going to be the hard cases. Yes, as the headline proclaims, this is the ultimate truck. But on a daily basis, would you use it to commute to a desk job in the Crescent City? Spend your money instead on a gym membership and work out, so the bullies will stop kicking sand in your face. In the McMahon house we would call this a "Peck Edwards Truck" for the local larger-than- life sometimes cowboy, some- times yachtsman, whose toys are so huge he actually needs this big diesel dually to move them around. See my coileague's column for other applications of the Ram 3500's awesome towing capa- bilities and real life uses. The 35 gallon fuel tank is a practical necessity for a vehi- cle that posts miles-per-gallon readouts in the low teens, but again, someone needing the power will not begrudge the 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel its needed fuel. And if you are working, or 'playing, hard enough to step up to this vehicle then you will en- joy the creature comforts built into it. Leather bucket seats (even the second row seats heated) go well with the dark brown inte- rior and set off nicely the Austin Tan Pearl Coat exterior: Trust me, this truck comes with power everything. The standard sound system is anything but. The "media center" includes CD/DVD/HDD radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, pulsing through an Alpine pre- mium sound system with nine speakers and sub-woofer. For your safety and convenience, the sound controls are duplicated on the steering wheel. But why stop at the standard issue equipment when outfitting the ultimate truck? Go for the Sirius backseat TV service, the Sirius Traffic Service, the backup TV camera / Great grand piano mover Saxman Eddie Veatch poses in a Dodge Ram 3500 Lara- mie Crew Cab before his weekly Friday evening gig at Mar- iner's Restaurant in Hammond. Veatch, who recently re- tired from a successful career selling grand pianos across the country, later smiled appreciatively as he inspected the 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo engine under the hood. He mused, "My life would have been a lot easier if I had started out with a truck equipped this way." (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) that you really do need, the Mo- par tubular side steps that come in very handy for ascending this big truck, the body color fender flares, the transfer case skid plate (because we know how you are), the remote start system that allows you that extra cup of Joe while your faithful steed is warming up or (given our loca- tion here in the subtropics) cool- ing off, and the integrated trail- er brake controller with display that you will use frequently if you need a great towing truck. The options add over $8,000 to the sticker price but for those readers needing a truck of this caliber, it is money well-spent. This is truly an American truck. You won't see anything like it in, say, Europe. But then again, this is America, larger than life. TR00.CC