The new ride!

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  1. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    It’s a decent cover. The guy said he had it off of his truck for a while, rolled up in his garage. I wish the clamps had a little more tension on the rear. Has a little gap. Might be because of it being rolled up since new basically. It’s dated 10/2019

    I like the midnight editions! Not big on the wheels though. Sabrina said the same thing.

    Put gas in it..... LOL I haven’t done anything yet. It does have 1200 miles now...
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    Different front end, but looks good! Would have to change out a few things....
     
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  3. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    My Ram is a 2018 and I have 34,000 miles on it.

    Several trips to Wisconsin and a couple of long runs like Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Maybe another Blue Ridge Parkway run when this virus is gone. Probably in the Ram cause I can pullover anywhere and sleep in it. Lol
     
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    Bob, when you were on the parkway you didn't run into any crackhead girls with donuts did you?:rofl:
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    No, but I was on the lookout. LOL.

    I ran into some interesting broads at a BBQ joint in North Carolina. Does BBQ count????
     
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    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    A couple of dayz in the sun and it will stretch out and settle.

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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Zac,

    I would seriously consider a catch can, heavy duty floor liners from Husky, and mud flaps for your Ram. 3M Tint to protect that beautiful interior.
     
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  8. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    No?? Think it looks good. But I also like the chrome too.... maybe a set of chrome bumpers? LOL.

    Id like to do a catch can. I’ll keep the current floor mats for now. Maybe a heavy duty set in the future.

    I had Sabrina price out a replacement driver seat bottom cover, and foam. After owning several rams for years, I know this is one of the first things to go. Might wait a couple years before ordering a set to put away for when needed, for price to come down, plus don’t want the leather to dry rot sitting for so long. Price wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

    Im just afraid of this “special” interior pattern, not being able to source it in the future when needed.

    Mud flaps for sure! Prolly gonna go with the weather techs.

    She does have tint on her from the dealer. May go a little darker with some on the windshield to protect the leather dash.
     
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    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Graham, you are using the past tense. Has the issue been corrected? The Ram 1500's air suspension should be a key selling point IMHO, so knowing that the system's reliability would be important.
     
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    I just rented one last month to drive from NH to Wisconsin and back to pick up the fridge I posted about and that was easily the best rental I've ever had. I don't believe mine had the air suspension option (again, rental) since from the moment I loaded the fridge along with 10 boxes of vinyl albums, I received no notification. On the other hand, there was absolutely no difference under load WITH all of that load whatsoever. This thing effin flew down the interstate.

    My buddy works overnights and slept most of the drive as I drove straight through. A trip that should have taken 18 hours give or take, I got done in and around 14. He would wake up and go, "Are we going a hundred?" and I'd say, "No, you're have a wonderful nightmare". I've just never ridden in anything where I was cruising along at 95 and I could still lay the hammer down to pass those two lane cruisers that go the same speed right next to each other, while a line of traffic gathers behind them.

    Just incredible. I am a big fan of the 5.7 hemi.
     
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    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Thank you. What about wind rush / tire?
     
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    "what the experience I like on (very) long drives. Noise level from the engine and tires, wind rush (if any), seat comfort (back and thigh support in particular), ergonomics, visibility on the highway and onramps, etc."

    As far as the drive went-outstandingly smooth. Smoother than my F150, although the Ford has heavier tread than the rental Ram did. The Ram was pretty stock, white, XM radio, supercrew. Noise level was quieter than the F150 Triton (again, probably mostly due to the tire difference). Engine was quieter than the Triton and quieter than I expected, having never driven a Hemi 5.7.

    I have to admit I don't know what wind rush is? Comfort level was quite nice. It wasn't a leather interior, and obviously didn't have anywhere near the options Zac mentions in his, but plenty spacious. My buddy and I weigh over two bills and he was able to stretch out and sleep. As a guy with a lower back problem, I was comfortable driving it. My Saturn used to give me awful back pain after long drives.

    Visibility was stout, no issues there whatsoever. I have to climb into it like my F150, but not to a ridiculous point, just a big step up. I can't understate how smooth the ride and quick the acceleration was though. Probably the easier drive I've done.
     
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    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Thanks a lot. I have read in all reviews that the Ram is much more comfortable than all of its competitors, but most of the reviews are based on air-suspension units. Having your experience is thus very helpful. Did you by any chance drive it when not loaded, I wonder about the bases suspension in that case?

    PS: By wind rush, I mean the noise of the wind around the mirrors, air that seeps into the cabin through less than tight weather stripping, etc.
     
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    Dobalovr Being on the Cbody diet SUCKS! FCBO Gold Member

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    Well recent models have proven to be more reliable but overall the system design is unchanged. The problem seems to be more prevalent in cold climates like ours. The benefits outweigh the issues in my opinion especially if you go into it with the working knowledge of the system and how to maintain it like I am sure you would. :)
     
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  15. commando1

    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    Just another complicated answer to a question that didn't need to be answered.
    More sensors, plumbing, wiring, gremlins, moving parts, blah, blah, blah.
    Leaf springs work harder with less complexity.
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    But they do ride nice loaded or not.
    For the record, except for air bags blowing out (should have been changed earlier) all the problems with leveling valves, plumbing etc. have all been in the winter
     
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    Yes, driving it out there, it was just my buddy and I with nothing in it and it coasted. The transition in and out of gear were smooth, seamless, not jurky. There was no hesitation at all. I noticed zero wind rush at all, it felt tight to me. Probably the most comfortable ride I've been in outside of my New Yorker Black Betty and her bench seats.
     
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    After driving both, I wouldn’t shy away from a model without the air suspension (obviously).... The air ride is nice for sure! But the standard suspension is quite nice as well. Still rides excellent, and doesn’t ride like a “truck”.

    Factory tires are quite soft, so no road noise. I’m sure I’ll be lucky to get 30k miles out of them though. Will get a nicer set when that happens, although will probably get a lil more road noise then.

    They have built in noise cancellation. So no real noticeable wind noise to me. I haven’t taken it on any road trips yet. My sister is planning on coming down in a couple weeks. We will take a couple hour ride down to Daytona. It’s already been extremely comfortable. I can’t imagine it not being comfy on a long trip.

    Only “complaint” from me so far is, it doesn’t feel like it’s mine! LOL It feels too nice to be “mine” if that makes any sense. Coming from a loud and obnoxious 25 year old straight piped 12 valve Cummins, to this complete opposite refined brand new truck is weird lol. I love it for sure though!
     
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    Well I’ve been quarantined yesterday and today. A co worker at Sabrina’s work may have a family member with the virus, which would expose Sabrina to it. We are all waiting to hear the test results today. Joy......

    Its at least gave me some time to lavish the new comer to the fleet.

    Gave her another full detail yesterday and removed the dealer

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    From the surface. It was already pretty much gone.

    I kicked the other kids out of the garage for the day/night. Got her completely coated in some Turtle Wax Shine N Seal. Watched a lot of reviews and this cheap stuff has been kicking the pants off of even the high dollar DIY ceramic coatings. Stuff seems nice!! Paint is smooth as silk now. Hopefully it’ll last as long as it has been portrayed.

    Sorry Stan, feel like I’m part of the Vette forums now LOL

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    One thing I do miss with the raptor liner on the ‘96. Didn’t have to care about it!
     
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    azblackhemi Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I did the same yesterday. Spent the day detailing the Durango.
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