2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Easy Towing
January 16, 2015
I'm not Dan Edmunds. The dude is a towing expert, all concerned with tongue weight and balance, brake gain and hitch drop. Nope. I'm not that guy. In fact, I've hardly towed at all. But I'm here to tell you that our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel makes towing easy.
Much has already been said about towing with the Ram Ecodiesel here and if you want a full Dan Edmunds dissertation on the subject, read the comments on that post. Even if you don't want the full download, but you think you might tow someday, it's knowledge worth having.
Anyway, yesterday was my first real experience towing anything of significant weight. By my educated guess, the combined trailer/car weight here is about 5,500 pounds. Plus, I had another few hundred pounds of payload in the bed and three occupants in the truck. This wasn't a light rig.
It didn't matter.
My strategy was to never be in a hurry and never make any sudden moves. Smooth, like a fat man who can dance, was the order of the day. And the Ram made it effortless. Despite the need to make a few time-critical passes, I never thought about having enough power. Braking was uneventful. Though the trailer has brakes, I only touched the built-in brake controller once to verify their operation. If you're looking for an easy-towing rig, this is a good candidate.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 22,898 miles