Months in fleet: Three
I've really grown to like this whole "luxury truck" idea that's been developing over the past 5-6 years. Our Ram 2500 happens to be one of the most luxurious vehicles in the fleet, fitted with features like a booming stereo, heated and cooled seats, and high-quality leather that not that long ago would have gotten the owner pelted with a variety of impolite words that question his manhood. In fact, last year Chevy ran several ads of that nature, the infamous "man step" spot being the most memorable one.
This luxury makes it easier to deal with the negatives of driving a truck when hauling nothing but air, the biggest one being freeway hop. Despite not having the Ram 1500's trick coil suspenion in the rear, the 2500 manages it quite well. Its certainly a far cry from the teeth-clattering rear-end hop of our old Toyota Tundra long-termer.
The best part, however, is the smooth Cummins inline-six. Though not the quickest off the line, once it gets up to speed, it moves with surprising urgency. Passing maneuvers will certainly not require any extra care beyond making sure there's enough space for a semi tractor to fit since this truck is about the same size.
That said, if you're always going to be hauling air or merely a light load, a Hemi-powered Ram 1500 is probably more up your alley. But if there's heavy work to be done, even occasionally, the Cummins-powered Ram 2500 is a great choice.