2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Rambox -- Brilliant Idea, Sorry Execution
October 13, 2009
Unlike Mr. Hellwig, I'm a big fan of the Rambox. The saddlebags are perfectly suited to the way I use a truck, providing storage for dirty or heavy items which I don't want to carry in the cab. They greatly increase the truck's lockable storage space and create only a minimum compromise to my use of the bed. And, until now, they've done this perfectly.However...
After our little adventure in the dirt about ten days ago I noticed that the trailer hitch (an admittedly heavy, sharp item) had worn holes into the walls of the Rambox. I haven't looked, but I'd bet the Ram's owner's manual says something about keeping items like this in the Rambox. Even so, a dirty, sharp, heavy trailer hitch is exactly the kind of item usersneed to carry in the Rambox, so it should be designed for such use.
The top photo shows the holes in the rearmost section of the Rambox and the bottom photo shows the hole worn into the fender well. Yes, that's daylight you can see through the holes.Again, this isdisappointing. I love the Rambox and its utility, but it's far less usable than I had initially hoped.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ about 8,700 miles.