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Don’t Buy Less Truck Than You Need

If you have plans to tow anything heavier than a pop-up tent trailer, it’s important to determine a few factors before plunking down thousands of dollars on one of the new RAM trucks. Basically, RAM trucks come in the “light duty” and “heavy duty” categories. Light duty is usually reserved for towing recreational equipment like boats and camping trailers. Heavy duty is more reserved for construction and other heavy equipment. However, if you plan on towing a horse trailer or larger RV, you need to do a little homework. Let the pros at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas help you decide which truck fills your needs.

Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Important Factor

The GCVW equals the amount of everything that’s in your truck as well as the weight of what you are towing. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the weight of your vehicle when fully loaded with passengers and payload, while the GTW, or Gross Trailer Weight, is how much your trailer weighs when fully loaded. Add those two to get the GCVW. Ram trucks have both a maximum payload and a maximum pounds for towing. Do not exceed the GCVW when combining the payload and towing numbers.

It’s Hard to Beat a Ram for Towing

All this can be a little confusing, but be comforted in the fact that it’s difficult to overload RAM trucks. Even the light duty RAM 1500 can handle more than 5 tons of towing weight along with a 1,900 pound payload capacity. The heavy duty RAM 2500 and 3500 have best in class towing capabilities up to 31,210 pounds to go along with a 7,390 pound maximum payload.

Other Things to Consider

A standard cab means there’s room for fewer passengers, so that increases the amount of actual hauling capability for your truck. Although a 4×2 truck weighs less than a 4×4, which translates into more payload capability, a four-wheel drive can give you much better control when road situations become dicey. Naturally, the size of the engine and your choice of transmission or rear-end all factors into the ability of your truck to haul and tow larger loads. Your axle ratio not only affects the power of the vehicle, but also has a lot to do with fuel efficiency.Talk to the professionals at your Chapman Dodge Las Vegas dealership to make sure you buy a truck that has the capabilities for your projected hauling and towing needs.

2015 Dodge Durango: Perfect for a Road Trip

Dodge Durango


If you want to take a road trip this fall or winter, you should look at your options when it comes to trucks, SUVs and cars. When checking out your options and considering your needs, you will probably notice that the Dodge Durango is a great SUV, and it’s perfect for a long road trip with your family and friends. Here are a few things that make the Durango a great road trip SUV.

If you want to take your SUV out into the country and go on a long trip, you will save a lot of money when you get good gas mileage. With the Durango, you are in luck as you can get up to 25 mpg on the highway, which is great considering the V6 is powerful enough for any of your needs. And, if you get the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, you will still get an impressive 23 MPG on the highway. Not only that, with the V6, you can go over 600  miles on one tank, while the V8 engine will get you 565 miles on the same tank when driving on the highway. To see exactly how a Dodge Durango can work for your situation, you should check one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

If you want to take a long trip and remain comfortable, you are in luck if you have the Durango as you can upgrade and get the Nappa leather-trimmed seats and a high quality sound system. If you are the driver, you will enjoy the steering wheel as it comes with a ton of high-tech features that are easy to control. With the Uconnect® 8.4AN System, you can access maps and make sure you are not lost on your trip. When on a long road trip, you will enjoy ample seating for seven passengers. Or, if you prefer, you can lay down the seats and carry more gear. In fact, you can enjoy up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which should be more than enough room whether you are going camping or anywhere else.

If you throw all your gear in the vehicle and want to go on a long trip, you, no doubt, want to feel safe and secure. The Dodge Durango is certainly both, and you can feel safe with your family. With things like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with stop, the driver can ensure that his or her passengers are safe. Whether you want to drive on a rainy day or take your Durango off-road, you will certainly feel secure as you will have everything you want such as blind spot monitoring and electronic stability control, along with rain-sensing wipers. Simply put, if you have a Durango, you can have fun on your trip and not worry about you or your family’s safety.

If you plan to go on a road trip soon, you should consider getting a Dodge Durango. Luckily, it’s also a great daily driver as the Durango is safe, comfortable and fun to drive, all while giving you decent gas mileage.





Dodge Charger Touch Screen


When looking at a Dodge car, truck or SUV, you can check out the inside and see a lot of technology.  This has been the case for a long time as the company aims to please its consumers with the latest and greatest technology and engineering. But, what you may not know is that Dodge loves to please the people who protect and serve, and the company has been working with various police departments to develop the best touch screen. Recently, the company took it further, and Dodge has started putting a Tesla-like touch screen it its police cars.

When in a cop car, an officer does not have as much room as you think he or she should have. Dodge knows this and set down with police officers to come up with a solution. Simply put, the new touchscreen frees up plenty of critical space, which allows the officer to use the electronic device, all while having more stuff in his or her car. At the same time, the Uconnect system is well-known for being a great one, and the version in the police Charger is amazing. To feel the incredible power and luxury of a Charger, you can test drive one yourself at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Recently, Tim Kuniskis, who is the CEO of the Dodge brand, remarked that the automaker recently created a new 12.1 inch Uconnect touchscreen system. The company received feedback from police officers who said they wanted more inside space in their police cars. Luckily, Dodge delivered, and the new system has an interface that allows officers to quickly and painlessly toggle between vehicle controls, which is certainly important for any police officer who has a million things to worry about. This version is more compact, but just as useful, as the 17-inch one offered by Tesla. Meaning, when in the car, as mentioned, an officer will have plenty of room as he or she won’t have to deal with a bulky electronic device.

Since Dodge sat down with and talked to police officers, you can bet that the police officers will be happy with the Uconnect screen in the Dodge Charger. Yes, the officers literally got exactly what they wanted, which is certainly important as a police officer out and about on the job must have real-time access to information and a top-of-the-line map. Officers have noticed how easy it is to use the system while doing other things. With this multitasking ability, police officers are going to have an easier time keeping tabs on things, and they won’t have to worry about missing anything.

As far as usability, that is where Dodge really stands out with its touch screen device. While other brands have awesome touch screens offering a lot, Dodge is at the top of the class as the company made touch screens that are easy to use while on the go.

Without a doubt, the screen in the Dodge Charger police screen is amazing, and Dodge has really gone out of its way to make sure the police get the car that they want and need.




2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Final (retouched)

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel


While a lot of RAM truck owners love their vehicles on the job site, a lot of other owners like to take their trucks off-roading. Whether living in the desert or near the mountains, it’s great to have an off-roading truck that can do it all, and the Ram 1500 Rebel 4×4 Hemi is great for any situation you can throw at it. Here are a few things that make it great off the road.

If you want to take your truck off the pavement, you will want power. Otherwise, if you have an underpowered truck, you will be bored, and you can potentially get in trouble if you are playing in the mud or trying to go up a large and steep hill. The RAM 1500 Rebel 4×4 Hemi has you covered as it offers a 5.7-liter V8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This means, whether you want to go out in the mud or simply take a long excursions on a gravel or dirt road, you will have the necessary power. To see the kind of power offered on the 2015 RAM 1500 Rebel 4×4, you should get behind the wheel of one at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

A lot of power and a big engine are fun, and the RAM 1500 Rebel certainly doesn’t let anyone down with the V8 Hemi. But, if you want to do well off the road, you will need ground clearance. With the provided air suspension, you get an extra inch of clearance with the Rebel version. This is pretty great given that when the suspension is fully extended, the Rebel has an impressive angle of 25.3 degrees, easily shattering the Chevy Silverado. In the end, whether you are climbing over big rocks or looking for a remote camping spot, the 2015 RAM 1500 will not disappoint.

All right, so maybe you are impressed by the engine and the clearance, but if you are like most truck owners, you still want your truck to do you well the rest of the week. The capability is not changed with the off-road makeover, and you will still enjoy a 10,130 pound tow rating and a 1530 pound payload. Not only that, for a truck this large and powerful, you still get an EPA-rated 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. All and all, this means you can buy the truck and not worry about it letting you down in any manner.

Finally, if you want to go off the road, you know that you need a 4×4. Without it, you are one mistake away from getting stuck in the middle of the desert. When you combine the 4-wheel drive with the impressive ground clearance, you are talking about an unstoppable truck.  Combined with a high-powered engine, and you can do anything you want with this truck.

If you are in the market for a capable 4×4 truck, don’t forget to check out the RAM 1500 Rebel 4×4 Hemi, as it’s the ultimate workhorse, both on and off the road.










Chrysler Celebrates 90 Years of Innovation


From the Imperial to Viper, There’s a Chrysler for Everyone

Founded in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler, the Chrysler Motor Company celebrates 90 years of innovation in 2015 with a legacy of luxury cars, high-performance racers and frankly, some duds. As they say, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs and the successes of the Chrysler Corporation far outweigh the failures. Starting with the Chrysler Six, a $1,600 car with innovations like four-wheel hydraulic brakes, tubular front axles and replaceable oil and air filters, the Chrysler company showed it would be a formidable foe to Ford and other automakers of the day.

Early Models Named After Speed

It was a simple enough strategy to name the early Chrysler models after their top speed and it certainly made things easy for consumers. The Chrysler 58 had a top speed of 58 miles per hour. The Chrysler 72 was 14 miles per hour faster, etc. Chrysler introduced the Imperial in 1926 as a response to the luxury vehicles created by Packard and Cadillac. Most of the cars in the 1920s ran on four and six cylinders. See the amazing Chrysler lineup today at Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas.

Style and Economy Helped Chrysler Through Depression

With the economy collapsed and people out of work in the 1930s, it was a tough time to sell cars. Chrysler fought through the tough times by creating stylish, inexpensive cars that featured technological breakthroughs. One of those breakthroughs was the “floating power” system that helped separate the body of the car from the rocking of the motor. This created a much easier ride. The Chrysler Airflow (shown above) was introduced in 1934 utlilized an interlocking body to provide a smooth ride to all the passengers. The aerodynamic design of the car helped it set 72 national speed records, including 95.7 miles per hour.

Birth of the HEMI Came in 1951

Although Chrysler had some beautiful vehicles in the 1930s and 40s, it didn’t make a mark with the racing community until the development of the hemispheric-head V8 engine in 1951, affectionately still known as the HEMI. The lower compression ratio and efficiency of the engine created spine-tingling excitement for both the drivers and people who watched the HEMI dominate NASCAR by winning 20 of 40 events in 1955. The HEMI continued its evolution into the muscle cars of the late 1960s and 1970s and is still in use today, providing plenty of horsepower and torque for those who measure excitement by the amount of rubber they leave on the road. See what innovations the new lineup has by visiting your Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas dealer.