2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test


2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Handy Dressing Room/Locker

August 18, 2009

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This past weekend we used the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 to tow a Miata racecar up to Buttonwillow for the 24 Hours of Lemons Buttonwillow Histrionics. I'll leave it to JayKav to go over how the towing went. I just wanted to express my appreciation for the truck's rear tinted windows and ample room in the second row.

Ya see, our team's theme was Molly Maid, meaning we had to dress up like French maids complete with feather dusters. And thanks to the roomy second row and tinted windows, I was able to use the truck as a dressing room. And this was even though the second row was filled with racing helmets, driving suits and groceries. This saved me from having to walk the length of the paddock in costume since our teammate's parents' air-conditioned motorhome was located clear on the other side of the paddock. Thank you, Dodge Ram!!!

The truck also served as a handy locker that protected our valuables. Apparently there were some thefts during the race. So every time we all left our pit to go watch the race, we threw everything we didn't want to be stolen into the rear seat where the tinted windows protected them from prying eyes. Made us feel secure and able to focus on more important things...like racing!

BTW, this morning when I was gassing up the truck, this lil ol' man waddled up to me after having just finished washing his windows and asked me if I was from Detroit. He rapped his knuckles on the truck, referring to its Michigan plates. "I'm not but the truck is," I replied. "I'm from Detroit and I used to work at Dodge Corporation," he beamed proudly. "Wow!" was all I could think to say since that was the response he seemed to want. We both smiled at each other and then parted ways. "Dodge Corporation"?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 5,844 miles

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