2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Northern California Road Trip Part 1
October 31, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel seems to be a road-trip favorite around here. It's got a big fuel tank, excellent seats and since it's the only pickup currently in our fleet, it's the default vehicle for hauling big items. My cargo was the hood from a 1970 Chevrolet Nova and it was too big for the available crossovers in the Edmunds garage, so I signed out the Ram last weekend for a road trip of my own.
My route went from Los Angeles to Nevada City, Sacramento, Temecula and back home to L.A. Seems like a complicated route just because car part, right? That's because it was just part of the journey.
Really, the hood was an afterthought. Before I agreed to transport the hood, I had signed up to run back-to-back obstacle course events, 500 miles apart. The first was an eight-mile Spartan Race in Sacramento on Saturday and the second was 10-mile Tough Mudder in Temecula on Sunday. I wouldn't need the Ram to tow or haul a ton of weight, but if it was anything less than serene, my weekend would be pretty unbearable.
The first leg of the trip was about 400 miles, easy work for the Ram. Two surfboard soft-racks kept the hood in place the entire time and Ram had plenty of space in the back seat for an oversized duffel bag, a rolling cooler, and enough high-carb food to feed a small country.
The miles from Los Angeles to Folsom felt like some of the quickest I'd ever driven. Not because I was speeding (I had the cruise control set around 70 the entire time) but because this big truck is abundantly comfortable on the highway, and seriously quiet. Something stiffer, louder or less pleasant would've had me dreading the weekend ahead, but the Ram set my mind at ease. I ate from the cooler along the way, blasting by gas stations and laughing maniacally. After 400 miles the Ram had barely used half a tank of fuel.
I quickly delivered the hood in Folsom, hopped back in the truck and went along my way. I arrived in Nevada City about an hour later, after eight hours on the road, just in time for dinner. With 700 miles left to go, things were looking up.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 14,973 miles