Ram Trucks Exploring Northern Arizona
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.