2009 Dodge RAM 1500: Tied Down All Weekend
May 04, 2010
Our long-term 2009 Dodge RAM 1500 spent another weekend hauling motorcycles around. Combine a functional ride like the RAM with HEMI power, and you begin to appreciate the stout integrated cargo tie downs. I've never put huge trust in any mounting point that wasn't welded in place, but the RAM's setup is starting to win me over.
Mounted along each long side at the top of the inside of the RAM's bed, the aluminum rails are notched every few inches and provides two composite tie down cleats per side. Each cleat is flared and looped, making it easy to cinch rope or hook-in tie downs. The spring-loaded knobs in the center of the loops rotate out to loosen the cleats, letting you position it along the rail.
The way the plastic cleats interact with the aluminum rail, even the slightest side tension tends to lock the cleat in place. You'll constantly hang the cleat up just moving it loose along the rail. Actually setting the cleat into one of the notches and then snugging it down with the threaded knob almost seems like overkill. Once secured into a notch, the cleats did not budge even when hauled on with some serious Ancra tie down straps.
The adjustable placement, combined with the welded loops in the corners of the bed made for drama-free hauling', a bonus when constantly succumbing to the HEMI's urge to lunge away from stop lights. Hauling duties complete, the RamBox setup is a sweet spot to stow tie-downs, as the deep well towards the back of each box caches such ropey cargo without it constantly sliding around.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 27,175 miles