"Going To The Mattresses" -- and other truck stuff - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: "Going To The Mattresses" -- and other truck stuff

September 10, 2009

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Withcontrol ofour Long-Term 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 over the past week I tried to cram as many truck-dependent duties into my loan period as possible. Everything from a bed replacement for the ever-growing boy to a vacuum cleaner upgrade for the ever-responsive household systems manager ("thanks dear")was on this list.

Beyond cargo hauling I knew there were family transportation needs over the holiday weekend, with two birthdays celebrations and a shopping run included in the fun. As expected, the Hemi-powered Crew-Cab Dodge Ram merely scoffed at my definition of "demanding truck duties."

Loading and hauling the new mattress, boxspring and frame home couldn't have been easier. The tie-down rails made securing the load easy, and while the obstructed rear view could have proven aggravating during parking maneuvers the Ram's rearview camera made it a non-issue.

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The next day had us looking to replace our Regan-era vaccum cleaner, and after deciding on thenew Riccar Radiance (made in the USA, and really sucks!) we had to get it home safely. Plenty of room in the bed, but the vacuum store owner had already unboxed and assembled the cleaner. Thethought of our shiny new Riccorbouncing around the bed and trading paint with the Dodge(despite the near perfect color match) didn't appeal to me.

Moving the passenger seat all-the-way back allowed the vacuum, vacuum accessory box and two backpacksto ride shotgun, butmy family of four still had to fit in the cab, too.Nosweat. Putting the wife and kids three across the rear seat wasn't even a hint of an issue in terms of space or comfort.Actually, at one point thewife offered an unsolicited comment regarding the high comfort provided by the Ram's seats (front and rear).

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The Ram's final cargo run involved hauling a load of auto parts about 50 miles. None of the parts were particularly heavy, but two of the boxes were quite large. This (like the mattress and vacuum runs) was yet another outing that included all four family members, and it confirmed the Ram's obvious abilityto serve as a comfortable and roomyfamily car or a powerful and capable full-size truck. Or both. Simultaneously.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 6,803 miles

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