How a Truck Bed Should Look - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: How a Truck Bed Should Look

March 26, 2010


Now there's a truck bed. I have no problem whatsoever with the scratches thatdecorate our 2009 Dodge Ram's bed. Shows it's being used as intended. Gives it character. Heck, this one's not even really that bad.

I would go so far as to say that if one's truck bed doesn't have such scratches, the owner didn't need to own apickup in the first place. Need to tow but don't haul? Get an SUV. Want to go off-road? Here's a Jeep.

"What of bedliners?" you say. I hate them. Stuff slides around too easily on their cartoonishly ribbed surface. The cutouts in their lower corners usually give poor access to the tie-down cleats beneath. My hauling needs often include plastic gas cans, and bedliners and gas cans don't play well together on account of static electricity buildup. I could go on.

Besides, to my eyes, those things arelike a bra on the nose of a Porsche -- looks worse than going natural. And who are wesaving the paint for? The next guy?

"What about spray-in bedliners, such as those named after large African mammals?" That's just paint of another color. Sure, it's thicker, but that stuff still scratches through, albeit with more difficulty. I'd take it if it were factory installed, but on an after-sale basisI'm not interested.

What's the big deal? This is a truck bed. You can't see any of thiswith the tailgate up. Scratches are totally consistent with the point of the vehicle. They'rea kind of badge of honor. How come people get bothered by this?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 24,564 miles

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