2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: RAMping
June 18, 2015
Considering the light off-roading, the road trips and all the hauling it's done, I had a pretty basic weekend with our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Basically, I drove it to a local trailhead, parked it and left it alone while a friend and I hiked in for some camping. The trailhead is close, about 30 minutes from home at a place called Henninger Flats. While I'm sure a much smaller vehicle could've done the same job, I was happy to have the Ram.
When you're camping, it's nice to have a rough-and-tumble kind of vehicle. Something you can abuse and not feel guilty about. I had no remorse flipping up the rear seats and throwing my dusty old gear in the back. You can do that with a truck. With a '66 Vette? Not so much.
My buddy Greg and I were the only two people on this trip, so there just wasn't much to haul. Two big internal-frame backpacks were no problem for the Ram.
After our short Saturday morning drive, we hiked the trail, explored the mountains, whittled some sticks, cooked dinner on a fire-box, played cards, drank whiskey, and spent the night in hammocks. The next morning, we packed up and headed back.
It was near 90 degrees on the way back down the trail, each of us carrying about 30 pounds of gear, so we returned to the Ram in desperate need of air-conditioning. Remote start and ventilated seats were the perfect solution.
I started the truck from far away to begin the cooling process, then hit the button for the ventilated seats right as we set off. In some vehicles this feature is weak and hardly worth the extra cost. In the Ram, my back got cold in 20 minutes and I had to turn off the feature. I remember thinking, "this is exactly how every ventilated seat should work."
The Ram 1500 continues to prove just how versatile and comfortable it is every time I drive it. Even after 32,000 miles, I'm not tired of this truck.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 32,065 miles