Needs More Tie-Downs - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Needs More Tie-Downs

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 21, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

One big decision you need to make when buying a Ram 1500 like ours is whether or not to get the unique Rambox storage compartments in the bed. They're a nice feature if you regularly need lockable storage space but don't want a tonneau cover over the entire bed.

As an added bonus, the Rambox option also adds four adjustable tie-down cleats along with an adjustable box divider. We had that option in our previous Ram 1500 and it proved useful more than a few times.

I was reminded of it this past weekend when moving an old engine block.

It was secured on a rolling cart to make it easy to get around in my garage, but that also made it a little too mobile in the back of the Ram. In order to strap it down I had to hook everything up to the single loop at the far corner of the bed. It worked fine, but it would have been nice to have a few more options.

There is a downside to the Rambox setup, however, as it makes the overall size of the bed smaller. Ideally you could get the tie-downs and the bed divider separate from the Rambox option, but as far as I can tell, that's not a factory option. I found some adjustable tie-down rails sold by Mopar, Ram's aftermarket parts division, but only for model years up to 2014.

If I were buying a Ram, this is definitely something I would look into before deciding the final specs on my truck.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

 

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