A while back I did a one month review after purchasing my 2011 Ram Outdoorsman. Now that I really have put some miles under my belt and gotten to know the truck…I feel it was time to give an update.
All in all I am still very happy with my choice…..especially as a daily driver and weekend workhorse. Since my last review I have tested the truck to various degrees to find out how it performs under certain conditions. As a supplier to the Power, Oil and Engineering world the truck fits in great in all aspects of my job…..much better than my previous sedan. The ability to throw junk in the back and take and transport equipment and tools is something I used to have to rely on others for. The truck suites the collard shirt and tie days well too. There is no issue carting customers around for lunch and such, plenty of room for those days. The layout of the dash and center stack always gets compliments. As does the hunter green color (I noticed it is no longer available on the 2012’s..Can anyone confirm??) I have made many long trips in the truck including an 1800 mile round trip with to Houston for Thanksgiving with my in Law’s. This included Wife, Young son and 110 lab. No complaints from anyone and thanks to the Back Flip cover….we were able to take all we wanted and it stayed high and dry.
In terms of capability I have tested the truck a few times including a major dirt and rock load for a back yard project…..I figure the load to be roughly 1300 lbs....plus myself and wife and wheelbarrow I figure technically that the truck was overloaded. Also this fall we rented a 27’ RV for a weekend to test the towing capability as we are in the market for a RV in the near future. The truck pulled the 6500# load surprisingly well. The Big Hemi never once hiccupped or indicated that it was in need of more guts even on the longest hill in Missouri… the truck accelerated up it with little struggle. The backup camera made hitching a one man affair. Don’t get me wrong….It was clear the truck was towing something but….I felt confident passing and handling hills and turns.
I have made some modifications to the truck for mainly appearance. I removed the dealer installed pinstripe and the Outdoorsman logo on the bed. I was not fond of the sticker and feel it looks better on the refrigerator in my garage. The windows got tint as well as a strip on the windshield. By far the most functional mod was the Back Flip Cover. Overall it’s been really good. Not too many complaints with this although it does leak a bit. Not enough to concern me.
In all the positives greatly outweigh the negatives…..The few things I wish were a bit better are the payload capacities and “Premium” Alpine system. The payload seems to be lacking by about 300-500 lbs compared to Ford and Toyota. This limits the selection of travel trailers specifically the lighter weight ½ ton rated 5th wheels on the market today. My gas mileage also has seemed to drop off by about 3-4 mpg….might want to get this looked at as it may possibly be due to the TQ converter issue many have experienced. Outside of that, I think the truck is an outstanding value for what you get. The interior and exterior styling is very functional and user friendly.