2009 Dodge RAM 1500: What Trailer?
December 08, 2009
I enslaved the RAM for bike hauling duties this past weekend, part of what's becoming a post L.A. Auto Show dirtbiking tradition. Last time, I squeezed two dirtbikes into the narrowed bed between the two RAM Boxes. Though they fit with a little bar wrangling, this time I decided to use the 3-rail trailer instead.
This is a sub-400 pound single axle trailer with no electric brakes, and I suspected our burly RAM would hardly notice it hanging on. The RAM very conveniently provides both 4-pole and 7-pole connectors as part of our tow-package equipped 1500, and having both means no need for an adaptor. The connectors are mounted a fair ways above the receiver hitch, each with their own spring mounted cover. Their position helps keep them out of harm's way, but made the stretch to the 4-pole connector pretty much at the limit of my trailer's wiring.
As suspected, the maybe 900 pounds of trailer and bikes could hardly be felt by the RAM and its Hemi V8, which hauled us up over El Cajon pass on I-15 towards Victorville with no drop in the freeway pace and zero movement of the temp gauge. Reaching the trailhead involves a few miles of washboard fireroad, and the RAM's coil-sprung rear suspension continues to impress: The dirt-road portion felt smooth enough to be mistaken for tarmac. The dirtbike ride [below] was epic, and we'll have to find something harder for the RAM to haul...
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 15,811 miles