On the Road Again - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: On the Road Again

October 21, 2009

It's 6:30 in the AM. I brewed a cup of nasty instant coffee and started packing up my camping gear. I had a big day ahead of me and every minute counts.

Just after the sun rose over the Mojave I jumped on the 395 heading to Tahoe. I volunteered to close my family's summer cabin down for the approaching winter. Thankfully my 370 mile drive north could be tempered with satellite radio.


When I got to my cabin, it was cold and miserable. I rushed through the various steps to winterize the cabin so I could get away from the mix of freezing rain and snow coming down outside. I was done in under two hours and started south to Truckee, the nearest big town with cell reception and gas stations. I drove the hour to get there and called my folks to tell them I was done. As I spoke the words "it's closed," I realized I had left the valve toward the shower head. Bad things could happen, I had to go back...

The clock was not my friend. I made the long drive back to LA, doubling up on some NOS energy drinks and listening to Dodgers blow it in the 9th. The drive was made easier by the fairly large fuel tank (26 gallons), and considering the big engine and bulky truck it's powering, I got a decent 16mpg on the drive back. The ample room inside also made of a comfortable ride.

I normally wouldn't recommend driving 950 miles in one day. But if I ever have to make one of those grueling slogs again, I know that the Ram wouldn't be a bad choice. As long as there a decent number of gas stations along the way.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 11,140 miles

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