2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Beep, Beep, Beep...
December 03, 2009
See the tailgate facing the ground? It houses a back-up camera and that camera is also facing the ground. What's more, the parking proximity sensors see the tailgate when it's in the down position. As you might imagine, this combination conspires to make some funny things happen inside the Ram's cockpit.
And by funny things I mean a view of the ground from the back-up camera and incessant beeping from the parking sensors.
The above photo shows what the back-up camera sees in this scenario. Not really a big deal, but driving with the tailgate down does eliminate the possibility of using the camera when parking. Select "drive" and the display returns to whichever mode you had selected before reversing.
And this handy little button makes the parking sensors stop freaking out.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor