2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: A Queen-Size Bed Almost Fits
by John Calderwood, Video Producer on January 27, 2016
I'll start off by saying that I'm pretty impressed with myself for downsizing all of my earthly possessions to the point that they don't send pangs of anxiety down my chest every time I think about my impending relocation. Aside from my motorcycle and a few guitars that merit their own transportation, set aside from decade-old pots, pans, and band t-shirts I can't seem to part with, I felt like (hoped?) a pickup truck could get the job done.
Getting self-congratulations out of the way, I realized I still have to lug what's left from my buddy's house in San Pedro to my new apartment in Los Angeles's beautiful Koreatown. I put in a request for our Ford F-150 with the vehicle testing team well in advance since I know our trucks are in high demand, but no luck. It was signed out, but I did get the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
With the help of strong coffee, pizza, one extremely strong 5-foot-2 girlfriend and the desire not to give any more money to U-Haul, we fit six medium- to large-size boxes, four medium-size paintings, one motorcycle helmet, and a bag containing a handmade quilt by Grandma Merle all in the cab. Then came the really surprising part: My queen-size bed and box frame fit in the bed — almost.
The end stuck out about the length of the tailgate and the side of the mattress rested on the sidewall of the bed. It was nothing some tie downs couldn't fix. It was only when I prepared to strap the bed down that I realized there were actually only two tie-downs located on the front of the bed. That was OK. Time to get creative and drive slow.
I used the available tie-downs to secure the bed in place. As an extra precaution, I attached a ratchet strap from the front of the bed, across the length of the mattress, over the tailgate, and onto the tow hitch. It was locked in tight.
We took side roads for most of the way, turning a normal half-hour ride on a weekend into a 90-minute journey, parked the truck in the middle of a busy city street and, as the security crew for a Seth Rogen/James Franco movie being filmed at my new building (ahh, Hollywood) stopped traffic for us, easily unloaded my belongings into my new home.
After the comfort and relative ease of this experience, I really dig this truck.
John Calderwood, Video Producer @ 49662 miles