Short-Bed Problems - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Short-Bed Problems

August 25, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Look, I'm with you guys. I don't get short-bed pickup trucks. But when I needed to transport a motorcycle and our 2014 Ram EcoDiesel was the only thing available, I wasn't going to complain. Until now.

Weird proportions of a crew cab, short-bed truck aside, not being able to close the tailgate of a full-sized pickup truck behind a normal-sized motorcycle is kind of...sad. It's also a little nerve wracking, especially when you're bombing down one of L.A.'s dismal freeways only to look in the mirror and see nothing more than four ratchet straps keeping your motorcycle from sitting in the passenger seat of the Prius behind you.

But I digress.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

There's another issue with having to drop the tailgate to haul some stuff. That super-handy backup camera gets decidedly less handy right when you need it most. Say, for instance, when you're backing up into a parking lot full of California Highway Patrol cruisers in a truck that's nearly two feet longer than it was twenty minutes ago and you're hauling a sketchy motorcycle that needs the approval of the aforementioned California Highway Patrol to be street legal.

Yeah, just give me a regular cab with a normal-sized bed, please.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 10,210 miles


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