2009 Dodge Ram 1500: "Does This Trailer Make My Butt Sag?"
July 17, 2009
Some previous posts onour Long-Term 2009Dodge Ram 1500 had people commenting on how much it is supposedly sagging in the back with the car trailer attached.
I looked through the photos from my trip between Denver and L.A. (a wrap-up of the trip coming soon), and I honestly don't think it's an issue. First, in terms of actual sag, I feel it's barely perceptible. Certainly it wasn't a dominant aspect of this truck/trailer combo whenever I looked at it during the trip.
More importantly, the amount of supposed sag had no effect on the truck's driving dynamics. Light front-end feel? Nope.Excessive or uncontrolledbounce over bumps? Nope (coil springs were not an issue here). Reduced braking force from lack of weight transfer to the front tires during braking? Not that I could tell. The Ram stoppedright now whenever I needed it to.
I'm thinking there's a psychological element here. It's like the super-big wheels on too many cars these days. Do they really improve performance? After a certain point, no, they actually compromise performance even if they supposedly look better.
Same thing here; it might not look as cool as a completely, 100% level truck would look. But is it actually affecting performance? Not as far as I can tell.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief