What Makes a Truck a Work Truck?

2021 RAM 1500 at Construction Site


Wondering about the difference between a heavy-duty pickup truck and a work truck, and which is best suited to your needs on the job in Brattleboro? While most trucks can be purchased as-is off the lot, most work trucks are upfitted for a specific application. Whether you need a RAM 1500 work truck upfitted with a snow plow or the heavy-duty transmission of a RAM 3500 HD, you’ll find it in our extensive inventory of new RAM trucks and vans near Swanzey!


What is Considered a Work Truck?

Any truck with a job-specific adaptation is considered a work truck, whether it’s a RAM 1500 work truck with a frame-mounted crane or a RAM promaster city van upfitted as an airport shuttle. Do all work trucks have a heavy-duty transmission? Not necessarily. Most trucks with enhanced transmissions, like the RAM 2500 HD, are larger and less maneuverable than light-duty trucks. If you don’t need the heavy-duty transmission for serious towing, it may make more sense to upfit a RAM 1500 work truck for your specific job.

Upfitting Your Work Truck

Ready to upfit a RAM 1500 work truck or RAM ProMaster City van for your business needs? Due to their diverse applications and body and equipment variations, work trucks are custom built from the ground up — starting with one of several standard chassis manufactured by brands like GMC, Ford, Mack, and others. Once you’ve decided on your upfit, the work truck manufacturer installs the equipment directly onto the frame. So, what can you do with a custom work truck? The possibilities are pretty much endless:

  • Truck-mounted crane
  • Snow plow
  • Street cleaner
  • School bus
  • Airport shuttle
  • Platform truck
  • Dump truck
  • Service body truck
  • And more!

Should You Buy a Used Work Truck?

Interested in a work truck for personal use? If you’re concerned about the price of a custom-built work truck, you may be able to save with a used work truck. Many commercial trucks are only used for three to five years, and then sold to individual buyers. These are a great option if you’re looking for like-new reliability and the latest performance features on a budget. Even though a used work truck may have spent several years hauling heavy in Walpole, these vehicles are built to handle intense workloads. Plus, you can always check out a detailed maintenance history for any vehicle when you buy with Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. 

Take Your Business to the Next level with a RAM Truck or Van in Keene 

Whether you’ve got your eye on an RMT Overland off-road truck or a previously built lifted truck, the team at Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is standing by to help you find the right truck for the job. Contact us today to get started!


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