After comparing the 2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty vs. the Delta IV Heavy rocket, we drove the one-ton Ram to Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., to snap photos of the Delta's maiden launch from the West Coast on Thursday afternoon.
While other members of the media jockeyed for position at ground level around us, we set up our gear with the best field of view we could find — in the Ram's cargo box. It had all the space we needed for our tripod and camera, and it put us well above the crowd.
The Ram goes back tomorrow. We didn't have time to tow or haul with it. Please read the 2010 Heavy-Duty Shootout for an in-depth review of its work capabilities.
However, we continue to be impressed with the Ram 3500's unloaded ride, thanks to the new hydraulic body mounts positioned under the cab's C-pillars. There were only a few patches of California freeway where the road surface's expansion joints overcame their dampening capabilities and made us wish for a heavy trailer to hang behind the wide dually.
We also put the Ram's UConnect hands-free system to good use for tunes, navigation, safely staying in touch with the office and keeping our mobile devices charged.
But enough of that. We know you want to see rocket photos!