Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles -- Part 2 - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles — Part 2

August 12, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

When we last left our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, I was using it to tow my Acura Integra across the United States. I drove 2,600 miles for the annual Team-Integra Dragon Run and unhooked the trailer immediately. I expected to spend the majority of the trip zipping through the mountains with my Integra buddies, but it turned out that the unladen Ram got quite a bit of use too.

The Ram was the go-to transport vehicle for our group in North Carolina along with my friend Steve's 2014 F-150. Both trucks spent time hauling people around the Fontana Village Resort to the general store, to the local watering hole, to the swimming pool and to our annual kickball game against a group of CR-Z owners.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

The resort is a large property with a lot of activities spread out over the area so it was nice to hop in and out of something without strapping on a five-point harness or climbing through a roll cage. All that hopping in and out of the truck revealed a few foibles, though.

The first was the seat. As I mentioned in a previous update, it's still really comfortable, but it's starting to deform. It looks like someone has been sitting in it with a Costanza-sized wallet for a long time.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Then there were the missing step bars. I took the step bars off almost a year ago and I haven't heard any complaints from the other editors yet, but getting in and out of a truck 10-12 times a day makes you miss them a bit.

Otherwise, the truck performed flawlessly. It carried five adult passengers at one point, going up and down the curvy mountain roads, and everyone that rode along was comfortable. There was plenty of space and even my car-enthusiast-buddies were impressed by the relative lack of body roll and the truck's overall handling capabilities.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Having the trucks for group activities was priceless. It was a great place to stow all our wet gear after swimming in a local waterfall, a fun place to tailgate, and it cut down on the general driving exhaustion that high-performance cars can leave you suffering from. We spent plenty of time darting around the North Carolina forest in our Integras, sure, but the truck was much better for the relaxed driving bits.

Up next: the final road-trip update with a three-day dash back to Los Angeles, fuel economy numbers for the 5,000-pound haul and a milestone in the Ram.

Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @37,723 miles

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