2015 Ford F-150: Dump Truck, Part Two — Electric Boogaloo
by Cameron Rogers on January 5, 2016
My home renovation saga last left off when I loaded a bunch of bricks, backing board and a shower door into the bed of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and dropped the payload at the landfill in nearby Brea. I'd hoped to get a chance to do the same in the 2015 Ford F-150 to see how it handled a bed full of junk. A couple of weeks later, my patio was full of decades-old green shag carpeting and the F-150 became available.
Time for another run to the dump.
I threw a few hundred pounds of carpet into the bed and set off. I realized immediately that it would be difficult to compare how the two trucks perform while carrying a hefty payload. The Ram had also carried four adults and was weighed down by heavier debris. This time, I was flying solo with less junk in the bed.
On the way to the trash heap, the F-150 felt exactly the same as it does when empty. The transmission never felt like it was hunting between gears and the engine was characteristically responsive, even below 2,000 rpm. I drove to the consumer pile and crowned it with the ancient carpet.
On the way home, I declared the Ram the winner, at least for me. The Ford's sheetmetal and interior trimmings feel newer and more attractive, and I love the awesome twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. But the Ram's ride quality is much better than the Ford's, and that's what tips the scale in its favor for me. The Ram doesn't shimmy and shake like the Ford does when cruising over rough pavement, and the Ram's seats fit me a little more comfortably.
The 2015 Dump Truck Rubbish Rally trophy goes to the Ram, but wait a minute. Seems like there's a new entry in our fleet to consider. And I have more carpet and water-damaged hardwood to dispose of.
The Rally returns for 2016!