2009 Dodge Ram 1500: It Takes a Mopar to Tow a Mopar
July 16, 2009
After picking up (and de-bugifying) our long-term 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 I've hooked a U-Haul car trailer to its Class IV hitch and loaded up one 1970 Plymouth GTX.
Departure time from the Mile High City is T-minus 10 minutes. Waiting for me are over 1,000 miles, two 10,000-plus-foot mountain passes and several long stretches of triple-digit temperatures through Arizona, Nevada and California's Death Valley.
In the few miles between the local U-Haul franchise and my Dad's house this pair of Mopars generated quite a few second glances, call-outs and thumbs up. So far the "That thing gotta Hemi?" count is at zero.I'll be sure to report which yocal grabs that low-hanging fruit first.
Pre-GTX towing the Ram offered plenty of power, stable handling, a comfortable ride and high-teens MPG. We'll soon know what 6,000-lbs of muscle-car-bearing trailer does to each of those traits. For those who care, the one-way cost of an open, two-axleU-Haul car transporter between Denver and Los Angeles was $754, including $72 for $10,000 insurance and $66 in taxes.
See you on the other side (of the Continental Divide).
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief at 2,083 miles