If you are ordering new trucks for your fleet, whether they have flatbeds, crane bodies, service bodies or dump bodies, order the on the RAM 5500 chassis. The Dodge RAM 5500 chassis is one of the strongest chassis available, and will take everything you have to throw at it during the course of a harsh work day. It’s also one of the most comfortable-riding trucks available.

Why You Should Order Your New Trucks on a RAM 5500 Chassis

Engines and Transmissions

Choose from the standard commercial-grade 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine or the optional 6.7-liter Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine. The HEMI® features fuel saver technology, which shuts off four cylinders when not needed, to give you better fuel economy. Usually, the truck goes into economy mode while you are cruising down the highway. You don’t even notice that the truck switches to four cylinders. The Dodge RAM 5500 puts out 429 pound-feet of torque and 370 horsepower so you can easily tow up to 26,000 pounds or carry up to 19,500 pounds. The RAM 5500 also features a 10,000-mile engine oil change interval, thus decreasing maintenance costs.

If you prefer diesel, order the RAM 5500 with the optional 6.7-liter Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine. The diesel features the Smart Diesel Exhaust Brake System and with the right configuration, is able to tow up to 30,600 pounds. The diesel version can be equipped to carry up to 38,500 pounds. The diesel engine features a 15,000-mile oil change interval.

With the gas engine, choose the 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission for the best efficiency or the AS66RC six-speed automatic when you need a heavy duty transmission. When you choose the diesel version, choose from the G56 six-speed manual transmission or the AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission.


Features include optional dual alternators for a total of 440 amps for when you need that extra power. The extra alternator makes it easier to handle additional electrical draws from accessories and lifts. You may also upgrade the powertrain with your choice of one of five PTO options. PTOs are available in gas or diesel and features either let or right accessibility, though the left side is only available on 4×2 models. If you need even more PTO horsepower, go with the split-shaft PTO, which is available when you choose the Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine.

All Dodge RAM trucks feature electronic stability control with trailer sway control, rain brake support, hill start assist and all-speed traction control to help drives maintain control in less-than-good driving conditions.

A standard seven-pin wiring harness is integrated in the bumper to ensure your trailers have a secure connection to the electrical system and control center. The rear frame strength handles 50,000 psi and enjoy best-in-class optional 74-gallon combined fuel tanks.

Contact Drake-Scruggs

When it’s time to update your fleet trucks or if you are building a new fleet of trucks, contact Drake-Scruggs to discuss your needs. We pair our Dodge RAM trucks with the best manufacturers of truck bodies, including Knapheide. Enjoy best in selection, price and service when you choose Drake-Scruggs.