Ram Trucks Exploring Northern Arizona

Ramblin Rams

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, WriterChris CollardPhotographerRam TrucksPhotographer

The hills of northern Arizona were in full bloom as our group of pickup trucks wove through the trails amongst cactus and rocks. We had almost a dozen trucks, but unlike the olden days when trucks were just for work, these were new trucks made for so much more. Ram Power Wagon is a name most of you know, Ram Rebel maybe less so, but both are Ram’s offerings for truck buyers looking for more than just a box with a cab on four wheels. And both trucks were great for exploring the high country of Arizona when every flower is exploding with color as vivid as the red rocks.

The Power Wagon is not the truck you’d expect to take out hunting flowers, but it is great for doing hard work in hard-to-reach locations. This heavy-duty 3/4-ton has front and rear locking differentials, 4.10 gears, a disconnectable sway bar, and 33-inch tires. Plus, the coil-sprung suspension, 6.4L Hemi engine, and big solid axles (AAM 9.25 front, AAM 11.5 rear) result in a flexy fullsize with strong parts and good power. The Power Wagon has the heritage of rugged work trucks made since 1945 by Dodge and now Ram.

The Ram Rebel is a different truck altogether. This 1/2-ton Ram 1500 is equipped for moderate four-wheeling at a price point more acceptable to beginner truck buyers, and yet with respectable off-road components for exploring more than hardware store parking lots and asphalt. The Rebel has skidplates, Bilstien shocks, and larger 33-inch tires. It uses an air suspension to help with additional ground clearance off-road. Though not a full-blown desert prerunner, it is comfortable and capable in a clean truck package that meets the needs of many truck enthusiasts.

Whats Next?

The two biggest questions of the trip: Is there a Ram Rebel coming to compete with Ford’s Raptor? Is there a Cummins-powered diesel Power Wagon in the works? Ram representatives were more than cunning at deflecting these questions. What we do know is that the Power Wagon’s rear selectable locker is in the same axle as the diesel 2500, so we see a single-rear locker diesel option as a possibility. But a Power Wagon deserves all the attributes, dual lockers, sway bar disconnect, and winch, and we know the winch and sway bar interfere with the intercooler on the current model Ram HD trucks. However, this body style has been around for seven years, and we assume the next is in the works. Hopefully the designers and engineers have been moving components around to fit the sway bar and winch so a truck king of Power Wagons could be offered. As for a Raptor-fighting Rebel? We know there was a concept truck built with a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V-8, and we’d love to see that come to light someday.