2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Towing 5,000 Pounds for 5,000 Miles - Part 3
August 16, 2015
If you want to go from the Edmunds office in Santa Monica to Deals Gap, North Carolina, there are millions of miles of road to choose from. Last week, I hooked up a trailer to our long-term 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and chose Interstate 10 for the journey east. I-10 crosses the southern United States and my trip to the Tail of The Dragon meandered a bit.
I stopped to see friends, took long breaks and soaked up the scenery. Once I'd reached my destination in North Carolina, I spent four days exploring local parks, blasting through local highways and eating all the barbecue I could get my hands on. Then I loaded up the trailer, said my goodbyes and headed home. I was weary and ready to sleep in my own bed, so the journey home would be much shorter.
Heading west to California, I opted for Interstate 40. It's flat and boring, but it's the quickest route. I had two overnight stops, North Little Rock and Albuquerque, which meant nine-, twelve- and fourteen-hour days on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Over those 2,200 miles of interstate-highway, I had plenty of time to reflect on the Ram's performance.
"What a great truck. Damn, this thing is comfortable."
"The stereo could be a bit louder but it's super easy to use and it connects fast."
"Oh, look! A fireworks store! I wonder if they'll check me for fireworks at the state line?"
"I might get the gas V8 instead but finding diesel wasn't that hard. I'm probably being a bit of a prima donna."
"I shouldn't have had that second Red Bull. Where's the next rest stop?"
After three days, I made it back to Los Angeles, dropped off my car at the Edmunds office, returned the U-Haul trailer and breathed a big sigh of relief. I hit the 40,000-mile milestone just after crossing the California border and the truck chimed in that it was up for time oil change (more on that soon). The trip home was tiring, but the Ram made it livable.
From start to finish, the trip was 5,185 miles. For 5,080 of those miles, the Ram pulled a 2,200-pound steel trailer and a 2,600-pound Acura. I filled up the Ram 15 times in 12 days, using over 300 gallons of diesel fuel and averaging 17.4 miles per gallon.
Towing almost exactly the same load (and with a lower speed limit inside California) our Ford F-150 EcoBoost checked in at 14.3 mpg. If you're interested to read a much deeper dive in to both truck's tow ratings and GCWR's, I recommend Editor Josh Jacquot's full breakdown here.
Overall though, it's hard to emphasize just how pleasant and capable this truck was while towing a trailer back and forth across the United States. The journey was drama-free and much easier than I expected. If I were in the market for a full-size truck, a Ram 1500 would be at the top of my list..
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 40,284 miles