2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Road Tripping to a Ghost Town
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 21, 2015
Once a year, a group of us leaves town for a weekend of guy-time at the Calico Ghost Town. The location was a random choice in the beginning that grew into a tradition. This year our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel got the call to shuttle us there. It was a great fit. The Ram covered all of the basics for a dudes-trip to the desert.
Passenger Space: By the time we sorted out who was driving what, I had three passengers in the truck with me. Four guys in a truck for four hours and 260 miles had the potential to be a lot of things, of which "comfortable" wasn't the first word that came to mind. But it wasn't bad. No whining from anyone onboard, including me. That's mostly because, even with a six-footer behind me, there was no reason to adjust my seating position.
Air Conditioning: Exterior temps in the 90s did little to slow the effectiveness of the air conditioning. Hot air from the inside was similarly neutralized. Exaggerated boasts and tall tales challenged the A/C system but were nothing a twist of the dial couldn't handle.
Snacks: A large center bin and wide front door pockets offered plenty of space for chips, jerky and drinks. The wide rear bench seat left enough space between passengers for some community storage as did the floor area below it. Rear door pockets were large enough to house smaller items but made for convenient trash cans instead.
Cargo Storage: This was easiest of all. We chucked our things in the bed and didn't think twice about them. Well, that was until Tim's deodorant melted onto his toothbrush. But we weren't fooled. He wasn't going to use those anyway. Good thing we convinced him to ride home in one of the other cars.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager