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Well I have had my 2014 ram crewcab for just over a month and my wife is complaining about nausea while riding in the truck. We had a 2012 ram quadcab and she never had a problem. I notice the 2014 rides bouncer, so could that be the cause of her nausea? I thought about getting the air lift 1000 to stiffen up the suspension and to level the truck when towing the camper. Two birds with one stone. Any thoughts?
 

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What kind of air pressure are you running in your tires? A few pounds of air can make a noticable difference. Just a thought. -Glen
 

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If you tow I think the air lift is a good investment regardless. I will be installing that at some point.

Not sure about the nausea thing...seems odd that it happens now but not before on the other truck..
 

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Front seat or back seat?

If front seat, have her sit in the back and and watch the headrest of the seat in front of her, as you drive down the road. Now, it will move, most likelym, since the seat mounting is nto real sturdy, in an effort to reduce weight, Howev,emr if it is really vibrating, then have your wheels and rims checked, balance or out of round, and have yoru driveshaft checked for balance, as well, does your rear view mirror vibrate, by chance, the objecs in it, I mean?

luck to you
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One mor thing, pay attention to her head, Yeah, I now sounds weird, but what I mean is does it move laterally, as you go down the road? If so, stiffer shocks should reduce it.

I drive trains and some new guys get same feeling from being bounced around in the locomotive.

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Mabey the smell? I talked to a dealership about the smell from the vents and they of course new nothing about it, waiting to get into a different dealership that knows about this problem
 

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When my truck was new and for probably the first 6 months the "new car" smell was so strong that it almost made me sick. Modern manufacturing methods used on our trucks use a lot of plastics and a lot of adhesives that emit strong odors and volatile organic compounds. Exposure to these substances can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms and cause eye, nose and throat irritation; cough; headache; general flu-like illnesses; and skin irritation. Some also are known to cause cancer and neurological effects.
 

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I had driven a manual car for one year in the past, right after I sold it, I feel nausea whenever I take a ride in my friends' car. Corolla, Infiniti, Range rover...that has persist for about 3 month. I'm a very fit person and has never felt anything in my life, then I searched and found that if the motion changes to what someone is used to, (can be suspension, or simply the rhythm of accelerating and braking), you can try to change the ride, but doctor told me I should just get used to it, and get used to it I did which takes 3 month.
 

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When my truck was new and for probably the first 6 months the "new car" smell was so strong that it almost made me sick. Modern manufacturing methods used on our trucks use a lot of plastics and a lot of adhesives that emit strong odors and volatile organic compounds. Exposure to these substances can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms and cause eye, nose and throat irritation; cough; headache; general flu-like illnesses; and skin irritation. Some also are known to cause cancer and neurological effects.
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I am not sure what the differences are, but my 2012 Ram brand new did not have as strong of a new car smell as the 2014. I thought it was just the one 2014 I test drove, but after having been in multiple, and my own, I've come to the conclusion that the smell is almost nauseating after a bit.
 

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Checked the tire pressure today. Fronts were 39 and the tears were 38.


Gofishn-Mirror and headrest don't move when I am driving. I will have to watch her to see if her head moves when driving. A lot of the time she is doing school work when we take the ram. But her doing school work isn't anything new. On a side note on the seats, my youngest son opened the rear window where he was sitting and I thought the front passenger seat was possessed and going to rip off the body it vibrated so bad. The 2012 ram would make a vibrating noise when only one window was open.

I don't smell anything in the truck but I do get a funny taste in my mouth sometimes when I am in it. The last time my wife was in the ram she did complain about a bad smell. I just blamed the kids.

I called a couple of places about having the airlift 1000 and wireless one installed. One place only wanted to sell me the loadlift 5000 ultimate and quoted me 1052.51 installed and told me the compressor was 536.29 + 111 for install. is it me or is that REALLY high? Lol. Oh yeah and they told me that if any warranty issues come up that I have to deal with airlift company.

The other place told me 465 for wireless one and 129 for the air lift 1000. Installation they said should be 2-4 hours and that comes out to 130-250 for the install. This place said if any warranty issues come up that they can take care of me.
 

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A persons equilibrium (sense of balance) and proprioception (sense of position...e.g. are you upright vs upside-down vs laying on your side, etc) are a function of your visual input and little stones floating in a fluid in your inner ear (this is normal anatomy and part of the equilibrium system).

Without getting too technical, some passengers who read while a car is moving are not getting visual input from the road. As such, they are not anticipating lateral g-forces in turns or dips/bumps in the road. Without the visual input to over-ride the signals from your inner ear to your brain, your brain computes that you are no longer in an upright position. This can cause some folks to get headaches or even begin to feel nauseous. It's called car-sickness, sea-sickness, etc. Also, some people will also have this problem with ear infections. These folks usually can't handle roll-coaster rides for the same reasons.

I ask passengers who appear to have this problem to sit up-front and focus on the road. I too, can't look down and read something as a passenger in a moving vehicle...I'll get a really bad headache...because I'm not watching the road and anticipating the aforementioned forces...and for me, it will start in less than 30 seconds of trying to read a map while navigating for someone driving the vehicle.

I doubt it's the truck per se causing this problem, unless your off-roading some extreme course.
 

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A persons equilibrium (sense of balance) and proprioception (sense of position...e.g. are you upright vs upside-down vs laying on your side, etc) are a function of your visual input and little stones floating in a fluid in your inner ear (this is normal anatomy and part of the equilibrium system).

Without getting too technical, some passengers who read while a car is moving are not getting visual input from the road. As such, they are not anticipating lateral g-forces in turns or dips/bumps in the road. Without the visual input to over-ride the signals from your inner ear to your brain, your brain computes that you are no longer in an upright position. This can cause some folks to get headaches or even begin to feel nauseous. It's called car-sickness, sea-sickness, etc. Also, some people will also have this problem with ear infections. These folks usually can't handle roll-coaster rides for the same reasons.

I ask passengers who appear to have this problem to sit up-front and focus on the road. I too, can't look down and read something as a passenger in a moving vehicle...I'll get a really bad headache...because I'm not watching the road and anticipating the aforementioned forces...and for me, it will start in less than 30 seconds of trying to read a map while navigating for someone driving the vehicle.

I doubt it's the truck per se causing this problem, unless your off-roading some extreme course.
I too get sick if I am reading in a vehicle. But she has never had that problem before. I believe she is getting car sick but what is different from this truck to the old one? is the suspensions the same on a crewcab and quadcab? If it's the same suspension but the crewcab is heavier, that should account for the bouncer or softer ride. So if I stiffened up the suspension, could her problems go away?
 

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A persons equilibrium (sense of balance) and proprioception (sense of position...e.g. are you upright vs upside-down vs laying on your side, etc) are a function of your visual input and little stones floating in a fluid in your inner ear (this is normal anatomy and part of the equilibrium system).

Without getting too technical, some passengers who read while a car is moving are not getting visual input from the road. As such, they are not anticipating lateral g-forces in turns or dips/bumps in the road. Without the visual input to over-ride the signals from your inner ear to your brain, your brain computes that you are no longer in an upright position. This can cause some folks to get headaches or even begin to feel nauseous. It's called car-sickness, sea-sickness, etc. Also, some people will also have this problem with ear infections. These folks usually can't handle roll-coaster rides for the same reasons.

I ask passengers who appear to have this problem to sit up-front and focus on the road. I too, can't look down and read something as a passenger in a moving vehicle...I'll get a really bad headache...because I'm not watching the road and anticipating the aforementioned forces...and for me, it will start in less than 30 seconds of trying to read a map while navigating for someone driving the vehicle.

I doubt it's the truck per se causing this problem, unless your off-roading some extreme course.

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My oldest daughter, 15 yrs ago or so, started having headaches, nauseous, etc. Found out, she had had an ear infection, month prior, we niver thougth anything of it, kids have ear infections. Well, her ear infection had messed up the inside of one ear, basically that ear was saying you are laying down, the normal ear was telling her she was upright. Took alot of medical test and ton of money for the Docs to figure it all out. Had to send her to specialists, who helped her retrain her brain.

All worked out, in the end, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from college but, to this day, she cannot drive in downtown traffic for very long, the tall buildings through her off and she gets ill.

Hope this is not your wifes problem.
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OP - If it's not motion sickness it could be the residual fumes from the plasticizers used in the interior (foam in seats, dash, etc.), fumes from carpet glue. Also, there was a thread about a problem with the RAMs heating coil, fluid and hoses if I recall correctly...and another thread about bad smells in the cabin. I can't speculate on the new Rams...mine should be delivered end of this month.

Another thing...are you driving hard? You know, like hard starts, hard stops and power turns/curves, or that jerking sensation you get sometimes from hauling a trailer? These things can be rough on passengers too...for the same reasons I mentioned earlier...it is not possible for the passenger to anticipate the moves you are about to make (change in g-forces). If a motion-related problem is suspected, either let her drive, or drive like there's an egg on your dash to see if this helps. This might rule out a motion-related source of the problem. Does she have the problem when she's a passenger in other people's vehicles?

Try cracking the windows for a constant supply of fresh air (to rule out fumes as a cause)...ask her to focus her eyes on the road from the front seat...don't look down, or to the side, or read or text message while moving. If that doesn't help, perhaps a visit to an ear specialist to rule out an inner ear (equilibrium system) problem/infection that may be developing. Even your regular family doctor can see an infection/fluid build-up behind the ear drum with a simple otoscope examination.

Lastly, confirm that there is indeed no pregnancy...even Fallopian tube ligations have failed in rare instances. Any new medications?? This could be a source of the problem as well. Nausea is a common side-effect/toxicity for many medicines. Bottom line is that it sounds like something new, given it wasn't a problem with your earlier truck.

Good luck...
 

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:thk:Keep the truck-- trade in the wife for a new one ? Try that and see if still happens :pom:
Kidding aside-- my kids used to read in the truck and would get motion sickness so I got them to take a break every now and then--seemed to help
 

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Thanks albertg1. I dont drive aggressive and I haven't towed anything with the new truck. i asked her if she was pregnant...... I got the glare. She had the tubal ligation and ablation, last week she had her monthly visit. But to be in the safe side we will find out for sure. She is on some not to friendly embryo meds. No new meds. She has not had any problems riding as a passenger in other vehicles but she normally doesn't ride with other people. She does fine when I drive her wrangler
 

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:thk:Keep the truck-- trade in the wife for a new one ? Try that and see if still happens :pom:
Kidding aside-- my kids used to read in the truck and would get motion sickness so I got them to take a break every now and then--seemed to help
Lol I thought of that. But she is a keeper for she, maybe I need to bring her in to get her overhauled. Get some nice chrome hubcaps for her. maybe a louder exhaust so I don't get anymore suprizes.
 
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