2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Doesn't Like the Desert
October 04, 2009
Late last week we used the Ram to support a photo shoot on Ford's new F-150 SVT Raptor in the SoCal Desert. The Ram was enlisted because we needed a vehicle to haul a ton of gear over rough terrain (at low speed) and, well, it's the only truck we've got in the fleet right now.
This didn't go so well.
After a few hours of trundling through the desert, which, in these parts, is admittedly full of rocks, the big Dodge's right front tire went flat. We changed it and headed home on the spare. The repair cost $20 and took a half hour the following morning.
But within a few hours of the repair the tire pressurewarning light reappeared.Our gauge showed the left rear was at 25 psi. We filled it up, the light went out and we hoped for the best. Wishful thinking. Saturday morning the light was back and the tire was at 25 psi. Back to the tire shop where we plunked down $200 for a new 275/60R20 Goodyear Wrangler HP. The sidewall puncture causing the slow leakwasn't repairable.
This is disapointing. A truck should be able to spend a day driving gravel roads in the desert without a $220 tire bill.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor