When you are robust on in a 2017 model Ram Power wagon 2500 over the corrugation cuts roads of the valley of fire, simply outside of Las Vegas, it is a bit of a shock to realize how comfortable you’re. We’d driven a convoy of brand new Ram Power Wagon out from a city implausibly emerging from the scrub into a land of red rocks and sand.
Inhospitable territory full of thrill-seekers in Jeeps and four-seat ATVs, flinging sand and bouncing their tall signal flags about. The varied parcel, transitioning from hard-packed silt to rocky paths to deep sand at any point, provided the proper environment to see if the Ram Power Wagon can live up to its billing – check out the video above to see how it handled the gnarly stuff.
Back in 1945, the power Wagon and luxury weren’t really thought of together. Like the jeep, these thoroughly mil-spec trucks were heading home from overseas, where they’d served as weapon carriers and utility rigs. The all-business truck was a bit like a heavy-duty Willys jeep with a bed, and rather than the convertible military cab, Dodge barred on a pre-war civilian cab.
Ram Power Wagon Performance
They’d a lot of amenities than a tractor (windows! A roof!), however no one would call ’em coddling. The advertising of the day shows them digging ditches, ploughing fields, erection utility poles. You may use the rear power take-off to run a portable sawmill – pure denim and dust work. The brief has clearly evolved a little – the PTOs fadded as the truck evolved from a dedicated platform for serious work to a lot of of a heavy-duty trim on Ram’s conventional pickups, and then disappeared for a quarter-century till reemerging in 2005.
To put it compactly, the latest 2500 Ram Power Wagon has off-road chops that pass the laugh test, and real working payload and towing capabilities, all in one package. We did not tow or haul with the power Wagon on this trip, however we actually did not have to. The Ram Power Wagon is mostly standard 2500 fare: solid axles front and rear, taking power from the familiar truck-spec 6.4-liter Hemi V8.
It will draw up to 1,510 pounds in the bed, and tow up to 10,030 pounds. We know these trucks; they do this type of work simply and without complaint. While things haven’t changed too much automatically from the previous model year, there are some cosmetic differences. You can see in the above image, which compares the cheaper tradesman trim equipped with the power Wagon’s functional goodies to the full-bore Power Wagon, with its bold graphics and Ram Rebel-inspired fascia.
Ram Power Wagon Driving Experience
Each machines share a factory Warn winch, a 12,000-pound unit that is cleverly hidden behind the grille, with the cable exiting through the bumper. This isn’t a specialty machine; it does not trade the ability to haul a helpful load for extreme articulation or vice versa. Rather than being slightly lousy at everything, it’s capable of handling the chores you’d want to throw at it. Thus while it is not going to be powering a portable sawmill like its tractor-like ancestor, it does share its remarkable versatility.
I tried to imagine a typical RAM Power Wagon use case while out at the valley of fire, and i kept seeing side-by-side ATVs blasting about. I noticed the Ram Power Wagon offers the proper blend of capability to, say, haul three or four ATVs out to the off-road park – or, leave the ATVs at home and play in the dunes in the Power Wagon. Or do both. It can haul your toys, or be the toy. And it can double as a daily driver, albeit a huge one.