The long bed on this truck swallowed a lot of cargo, as well as providing a smooth ride. Cornering performance wasn't as good as the short bed with more sway present, but still quite good.
The previous owners apparently did minimal service to this truck for the first seven years of ownership, as was evidence of the original factory spark plugs found at 60,000 miles. Performance was a bit sluggish, but still managed to accelerate adequately and got 18 mpg. Tuning up the motor, as well as replacing the oxygen sensor and muffler, improved acceleration drastically (see speeding ticket) while getting 20 mpg.
A Sure-Grip differential and upgrading from a 3.23 to a 3.54 axle ratio was added to utilize engine power while pulling a trailer or going off-road.
Transmission shifts in cold weather were slow, and the engine seemed underpowered until it reached operating temperature. Dodge had a technical service bulletin out with a redesigned fan clutch to alleviate the underpower problem, but at a whopping $400 for the part.
Larger six by nine mirrors were added for better visibility while trailering.