2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Perfect Vehicle for Muddy Passengers
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 11, 2015
A year ago, I took our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel on a 1,200-mile road trip that ended at a Tough Mudder event in Temecula, California. Tough Mudder is a global series of obstacle-course events I participate in and as you'd expect from the name, participants get pretty filthy by the finish. Running a 10-mile obstacle course can also be pretty painful, so along with the dirt, I expected a few sore muscles by the end of the day.
So when I signed up for another Tough Mudder this year, I made sure the Ram was available. It was the perfect vehicle for the job the first time around and I knew it wouldn't let me down.
There was plenty of room for all the muddy/wet gear on the floor of the back seat. Coolers, duffel bags, back packs and race-food were strewn all over the cabin and it felt totally appropriate. The Ram's interior is the sort of place that feels tough enough to take any abuse you can throw at it.
For the second year in a row, the Ram was a perfect 10-passenger shuttle. There are two parking lots at Vail Lake and since I paid for premium (up-close) parking, the Ram was just a few yards from the finish line. Standard parking, on the other hand, was nearly a mile away so I invited other runners to pile in the bed and hitch a ride to their cars. Nobody was ejected and everybody thanked me as they hobbled away.
A year later, the Ram is still just as impressive as it's ever been. It will take something pretty versatile to knock this off the top-spot as my go-to road trip vehicle in our fleet.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor