When you think of a heavy duty truck, you think heavy for towing trailers. The Ram Power Wagon is heavy, curb weight of 7056 lbs. When you think of an off-road truck, you think light duty or Jeep size. But the Power Wagon breaks all the rules, a solid truck that can go anywhere, just like they did in World War II. We had a Power Wagon from the forties when I worked for the county with a welder and boom bed. But the new Power Wagon is an agile mountain goat. With locking front and rear differential, a 12,000 lb winch, a lift kit, skid plates and the front sway bar disconnects for tremendous wheel travel over rocks. It’s the only truck that comes with a 12,000 lb. winch from the factory. In low range 4×4 the Power Wagon has hill decent, all the things you need to chase the Jeeps on the trails in the Rockies.
Powered by the 6.4L Hemi V-8 with cylinder de-activation for fuel savings, has 410 hp and 429 lb. ft. of torque . A 6-speed automatic tranny with a 4.10 rear axle ratio which is higher than the previous 4.56 axle ratio. All this has improved the fuel mileage on the Power Wagon. Though well equipped for climbing mountains, the PW is not a luxury truck. Yes it has 10-way power seat, automatic headlights, remote start and projector headlights, but no individual digital climate control, just basic climate control. Seats are cloth, drinking is encouraged with 10 cup holders.
A manual 4×4 shifter in the hump on the floor console with cup holders, limits the leg room unless you’re bold legged for the front row center seat. This is my favorite front seat, 40-20-40 which makes the third seat or down into an arm rest and console. This truck had the Ram box option, which is great for cold beverages or I use it to safely store my motorcycle straps when I’ve unloaded the bike for the narrow trails the Ram won’t fit. On this crew cab, the rear seat folds up and a shelf folds out for a flat cargo area that works well for all my camera gear. Coil springs all around give the rock climber a tame road ride. Rated to tow a 9790 lb trailer. At the receiver hitch it’s 4 in. taller than a Ford F150 Raptor. Ram’s are the tallest trucks, Power Wagon is the tallest Ram. Nice for visibility and watching wildlife in the mountains.
Running boards tucked under, level with the frame not getting in the way for off-road fun. Has class five hitch so you have to use the 2 in. reducer that comes with it to fit most hitches. Don’t know why it has a class five 2.5 in. receiver, it’s trailer capacity doesn’t go beyond a class four 2 in receiver. The PW has the center high-mount stop lamp with bed camera. so you can watch the cargo on the go. See if the motorcycle fell over or check on the dogs. Locking tailgate locks from the key FOB. Factory trailer brake control is in the right place for fast use of the manual over-ride. The truck I tested MSRP is $57,480. No EPA fuel rating because the GVW is over 6000 lbs. My experience was 16 mpg on the high way and 11 mpg with a trailer.
I like the graphics that come with the Power Wagon and the Red inserts in the grill. If you went to the Denver Auto Show this month, you had the opportunity to see the new 2017 Ram Power Wagon. It has the same black grill as the Ram Rebel and tire tracks on the seats. There is a new Power Wagon side ways graphic on the front of the bed similar to older Power Wagons.
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...
Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….
Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...
Hoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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