2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Moving Assistant
October 14, 2014
It's tough work helping a senior couple move from their home that they've lived in for over 35 years into a smaller new house. Fortunately our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was there to save the day. I honestly don't know what I would have done if I had to take one of our long-term SUVs — the Cherokee or the Highlander — for the job instead.
Here are the different ways I got to use our Ram like a truck.
— Hauled pounds of frozen eight-year-old meat and other really scary ex-food products to the landfill. These are the things you would not want stinking up or possibly leaking in the cabin of your car.
— Loaded up the bed with my dad's many Time Life Books collections as well as his library of World War II books and took them to Goodwill. Tip: Don't fill up a large box with books; better to disperse them in smaller boxes. Heh.
— Drove 30 miles into the boonies to pick up several used moving boxes. Since we were taking the freeway we thought it best to stuff them in the second row of the cab. With those seats that fold out of the way, it was easy to cram 30 large, broken-down boxes back there.
— And when I did have to pick up boxes but couldn't stuff them in the cab because my dog was back there, I was able to secure them in the bed by tying them down, looping the twine through the loops in the bed.
— Hand-delivered my parents' old bookcase to my cousin who was going to use it for her kids' room.
— Transporting my mom's many potted plants 400 miles. She loves her garden, so saying good-bye to it was made a bit easier by taking as many of her potted plants as we could to her new home. And sure, the plants looked like they withstood 70-mph winds for six hours but they got there!
— Bringing all the valuables that my parents didn't trust the movers to handle with care. We stuffed the backseat area with a clock that chimes that Titanic theme song, religious statues, important files, designer bags, etc.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor