Makes a Good Dump Truck - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Makes a Good Dump Truck

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on December 11, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

I'm currently completely remodeling my house. Blowing out bathroom walls and ripping up carpet naturally creates a lot of refuse. We usually store the debris in the covered patio until one of the long-term pickups is available. Then it's time to take a journey to the mystical land of the Orange County Waste and Recycling facility in Brea.

Or if you want to be poetic about it, the dump.

So when the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was available for the weekend, I jumped at the chance to tidy up the patio.  

My girlfriend's brother and two of his friends volunteered to help load and unload the truck. First we threw in a few pieces of backer board that held shower tiles in place. The house's previous owner kept a stack of bricks on one side of the garage, so those went in, along with a shower door as the cherry on this garbage sundae. We covered the whole mess with a tarp, held down by more bricks because none of us had the foresight to bring bungee cords. Then we headed to the giant pile of trash in Brea.

Even with four guys in the cab and roughly 600 pounds of crap in the bed, the V6 diesel engine never felt overworked as we chugged uphill to the disposal area. The diesel didn't feel any more sprightly after we got rid of our payload, either. The suspension shrugged off bumps just like it does when I am driving solo. Josh Jacquot pointed to the Ram's rear coil spring suspension as the reason the Ram feels unflappable no matter what's asked of it.

That was a few days ago, and we just pulled up a few hundred pounds of carpet. Hopefully I can snag keys to the 2015 Ford F-150 one day to do a comparison, and finally crown a winner in this Dump Truck Rubbish Rally 2015.

Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

 

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