2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Power Folding Mirror Feature
October 1, 2014
Part of my towing trip with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel entailed parking the truck in the paddock at Thunderhill Raceway. This wasn't your typical parking lot with defined spaces. It was a haphazard clusterpark of street cars, beat-down hoopty race cars, RVs, trailers, giant bro-dozers, minibikes, strollers and lots and lots of pickups.
It was there that I availed myself of the Ram's folding mirror feature.
Certainly the Ram isn't the first or only vehicle to have power folding mirrors. So for those rolling their eyes that I'd dare mention such a minor thing, yeah, you are sooo right. But this is one of those features that sounds frilly for a truck...but in practice makes even more sense for trucks than for cars (example: heated steering wheel). Truck mirrors are large, and so are trucks. Thus, their mirrors are simply much more likely to be in the way.
So it was with the Ram when crammed in the paddock. We needed to economize our limited paddock space as much as possible, plus walk past the truck frequently, plus use the truck for fuel runs and such. Its mirrors got folded and deployed many, many times over the weekend. Doing this manually would have gotten really old really fast.
Just press the center button and the mirrors tuck neatly against the doors. The folding function works whether or not the engine is running (unlike some other cars that offer this feature).
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 12,532 miles.