2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Carefree Trip to IKEA Thanks to the Bedliner
March 30, 2015
Trips to IKEA are never going to be a problem if you have a full-size pickup like our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at your disposal. Hauling away a bunch of assemble-it-yourself furniture is even more convenient since Dan Edmunds had our truck's cargo bed coated with a Line X bedliner.
On this particular day, a full-size bed, latex mattress and a nearly 8-foot-tall corner wardrobe were on our shopping list. (Say what you must about IKEA quality, but the initial sturdiness of these items is impressive. Plus, after pouring much money into plumbing, electrical and knocking down load-bearing walls in our domicile, furniture made of real hardwoods is not in budget and I no longer have the discretionary time for Craigslist treasure hunts.) Predictably, we got all turned around looking for the wardrobe in IKEA's human maze. Then, my better half administered CPR to a baby in the store. After a happy outcome and a conversation with the EMTs, we finished our shopping. There was no time to pause for meatballs and cake at the store cafe.
By then, it was late, everyone was tired and we just tetrised all the boxes and the fancy-pants rolled-up mattress into the Ram's bed as best we could. Originally, we'd planned to tie it all down securely with some twine or rope, but the beauty of this bedliner is that its high-friction texture keeps things from sliding around and we decided to skip that part. None of the items budged on the 20-minute drive home. Nevertheless, we took a risk by not tying everything down, and we could very well have been the foolhardy motorists who dropped an oak-finish particle-board bed frame in the number two lane on the westbound Interstate 10. But on this evening, we got away with it.
If I owned a Ram 1500, I would definitely get a spray-in bedliner like this one. It eliminates the need to bring towels and moving blankets when you're running errands or hauling furniture on the spur of the moment, and that for me, would make full-size truck ownership more enjoyable.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor