There’s little reason to include an introduction to this week’s edition of Real People, Real Trucks. Just know that Bruce B. of Sun Valley, California, is a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants is a Ram Truck.
I have been a longtime Ram fan since the introduction of the am 2500 and 3500 back in 1992, when I was a senior in high school. I lusted after a Ram 2500 with a Cummins® Turbo Diesel. Being a kid in high school made it difficult to go out and purchase one, so I had to settle at seeing them on the road and in the dealers’ lots during that time.
Fast forward to 2011. I was seriously looking to purchase a Ram 2500 and also a travel trailer at about the same time. Things worked out where I was able to purchase the trailer before the truck. I told the salesman that I was looking for a truck to tow this trailer and I told him that I wanted to get a Ram truck with a Cummins engine. With a smirk on his face, he said he would call a few buddies of his that work at nearby dealers.
A few weeks passed and we were at the RV dealer to do the “pre-delivery” of our unit. The same guy saw me there and came to me with a big grin on this face. He then said, “I found you a truck.” I replied, “Oh yeah, and it’s a Ram truck?” He then said, “No, it’s a white Ford F350 with the big motor.” I quickly replied, “Not interested!” and I went about my business.
A couple of months later, I finally found the truck I was looking for, a 2008 Ram 2500 with the 6.7L Cummins, which I purchased used with about 58,000 miles on it (hardly any mileage for a diesel truck; the motor is barely broken in). It was truly the happiest day of my life. Nearly 20 years of waiting had come to a close.
The first time I hooked up the trailer to the Ram truck and headed out onto the open road was another monumental moment in my history. The truck hardly knew that a trailer was connected to it. It went up CA-178 through Walker Pass with the fully loaded trailer weighing about 6,800 pounds behind it without breaking a sweat or any other signs that it was there behind the truck. Anyone who knows this road knows it’s a steep grade going up and down. The Ram 2500 handled it like it was child’s play. This is a serious truck that will meet the challenge of anything you can throw it. My kudos to both Ram Trucks and Cummins for creating a truck that I’m so pleased to call mine.
Thanks for submitting your story, Bruce. We’re beyond pleased to hear you held out for a Ram truck.
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