Ford walked away with quite a few awards from the 2014 Texas Truck Rodeo, including Truck Line of Texas and Truck of Texas (for the 2015 Ford F-150), but one important pickup truck award went to the folks from Ram. The Heavy Duty Truck of Texas award went to the 2015 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty. In an of itself, it’s not surprising. The Ram is a good truck. But the Ford Super Duty line was also refreshed for 2015, and the folks in Texas do like their Super Duties.

What this victory is, for sure, is another talking point favoring Ram in the current battle over the Ram 3500 and Ford F-450 “best in class” claims. Not familiar with this dispute? Basically, Ram built a new 3500 for 2015 that is SAE J2807 certified to tow 30,000 lbs. Ford took their F-450 truck and reconfigured it to fight the Ram 3500 in the same class, towing a SAE J2807 certified 31,200 lbs.

If you just look at it briefly, it would seem that the Ford is certified to tow more. It’s true, the Ford *will* tow more. But some people question whether or not the F-450 is actually a pickup truck and not a commercial truck (like the F-450 before it). So, is the Heavy Duty truck award a statement from journalists that they aren’t buying Ford’s arguments, or is it just that the Ram is the better Heavy Duty truck?

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