Guffman’s been stretching his legs as staffers reluctant to fly take to the highways. Chicagoan Greg Fink made a run to visit his family in Florida, and I made a brother-in-law run to Greenville, South Carolina. It’s fun to watch the predicted range soar early in a road trip that follows several weeks of around-town driving. On that Greenville jaunt, an initial prediction of 425 miles grew to 437 over the first 60 miles before finally beginning to count down what ended up being well over 500 total tank miles.
Repeatedly accelerating four tons of mass means those in-town tankfuls average less than 15 mpg. But simply maintaining momentum at 80 mph brings the average up to the mid-19s. It’s safe to assume this 32-gallon tank can outlast most bladders.
There’s also something uniquely luxurious about traveling with a 74.7-cubic foot “trunk.” Travelers need never triage their luggage. Might you like to have it where we’re going? Then bring it along. That said, this bed does no tricks. It’s not composite, there’s no clever bed extender, no cargo divider like you can get with the RamBox, no hidden storage, no 12- or 110-volt power outlets, and it has a conventional one-piece flop-down tailgate—albeit with remote release and locking and a spring-assist to raise it.
You do get four typical tie-down rings low in the bed and four cleats up high, plus the same stake pockets and indentations for boards to bridge the wheelwells that every pickup has had for decades. So if you don’t fill the bed, you may need to employ ratchet straps to restrain luggage.
And the more mass, the merrier. Our heavy Ram smothers most freeway expansion joints and small bumps. But with rear springs rated to support three tons, our lightly loaded Ram’s ride became a bit jarring—especially in the rear seat—over some badly battered urban freeways along the route.
On my most recent trip, connecting two iPhones to the Uconnect system proved vexing, as the second kept trying to usurp CarPlay control when we just wanted it to play audio. Using A- and C-type cables and plugging them both into either the “1” or “2” jack sockets assigned CarPlay to the first one plugged in and restricted the second to charging and audio only.
I’m scheduled to drive some other Rams soon, so next time I’ll weigh in on the bigger screen, Ram’s “other” diesel, and more.