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Old 02-13-2014, 08:12 AM
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I live in Northeast Tn. and we have had a couple of accumulating snows over the last couple of weeks, one was about 5" and this one yesterday and today put down right at 8" and I am highly impressed with how well this 2wd truck goes in the snow. I've even encountered places where front wheel drive cars couldn't go up hills and the truck had no problem with it. The traction control works extremely well. Props to Dodge!

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Do you hve anything in the bed of your truck (weight) or better than stock tires? We had about 4" yesterday of soft powder snow and I thought the truck would be fine. I could not even make it up any of the slight inclines. I know how to drive in the snow and manually putting the trans in 2nd or 3rd I barley made it back home into the garage. The only thing i could tell the traction control did was limitimg the power when the tires started to spin?

Took out my T&C minivan (front wheel drive) and it went great in the snow and no spinning on any of the inclines or even the hills. It does have good Cooper tires on it though.

Thought the Ram would do better than it did but I am sure it would be much better with some weight in the back and better tires.
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Thank you for sharing this bit of information!! I too have a '13 4x2 (for the ride and fuel mileage) but I've always wondered how good the traction control worked in different situations. Knock on wood I haven't been in a slippery situation to need my traction control to perform, but Its good to hear that someone else is as happy with their Ram as I am...
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Thought the Ram would do better than it did but I am sure it would be much better with some weight in the back and better tires.
I did a write up on my RAM's abilities in the snow just after our first major snow, 14 inches. I have a 4x4 but do not have LSD. The traction of the RAM was comparable to my 2008 Tahoe that had a LSD and had the same style all-season tires. Compared to my 2003 Tahoe Z71 that also had LSD but had all terrain tires, it did much better than the RAM or 2008 Tahoe.

So I think you are right, it comes down to the tires more than anything else.
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Do you hve anything in the bed of your truck (weight) or better than stock tires? We had about 4" yesterday of soft powder snow and I thought the truck would be fine. I could not even make it up any of the slight inclines. I know how to drive in the snow and manually putting the trans in 2nd or 3rd I barley made it back home into the garage. The only thing i could tell the traction control did was limitimg the power when the tires started to spin?

Took out my T&C minivan (front wheel drive) and it went great in the snow and no spinning on any of the inclines or even the hills. It does have good Cooper tires on it though.

Thought the Ram would do better than it did but I am sure it would be much better with some weight in the back and better tires.


No weight in the back and stock tires, the only weight is the full tank of gas I have.
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Mine works awesome in the snow as well i was impressed with how it handled the snow. i was driving on unplowed roads up and down hills no slipping and no worries 55 60 mph and it never felt unstable or like i was going to loose control. love my 4X2 ram. My uncles 2009 4X4 ram gets stuck in 2 inches of snow i think it more him than the truck though.
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Miss my limited slip in my old truck. The open differential really sucks when trying to get going from a stop with a little snow or wet pavement. I thought all 4x4s had limited slip. Guess I should have checked that over before buying. At least I can put it in 4x4 if need be.
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Miss my limited slip in my old truck. The open differential really sucks when trying to get going from a stop with a little snow or wet pavement. I thought all 4x4s had limited slip. Guess I should have checked that over before buying. At least I can put it in 4x4 if need be.
thats what its there for!

I have the open diff too, didn't even think about it at the time i bought the truck, it was lust at first sight.

however, ive never had a problem getting started in some snow. now the fact that I've got the 35" M/t's helps, but never been stuck either!

its great to just barrel through areas where other people cant even get started!
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I specifically bought a 2wd with a LSD. We have had more snow this year than the last 3 combined. I have had zero problems getting around in the snow.
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Sure traction control is ok, let me know how much you love it when your rear brake pads and rotors are fried from it. I shut mine off in rain and snow.
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