2018 Ram Power Wagon Built for Overlanding Adventures
This ’18 Ram Power Wagon didn’t need much to help ease Patrick James over obstacles
The way Patrick James signed off on one of his emails evoked a variety of feelings, with jealousy being pretty much at the top of the list. OK, the only thing on the list. He wrote, "Text me. I am traveling and enjoying life."
There was a hard start to that sign-off, though. In January of 2018, Patrick lost his wife of 41 years to cancer. He bought this '18 Ram Power Wagon brand new the following month. Then, Patrick put more than 34,000 miles on the truck in just 19 months. One could say that the outer strength of the truck assisted with inner strength for the human. "Overlanding has given me adventure and helped me move on and meet new people."
We met Patrick and his Power Wagon on our 2019 Four Wheeler Overland Adventure as we explored the Arizona backcountry.
If you see Patrick James on the trail, meet him. He'll probably be in his new project, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon/Cascadia Vehicle Tents trailer combo. And he'll be the one enjoying life.
At a Glance
Vehicle: '18 Ram Power Wagon
Owner: Patrick James
Stomping grounds: Palm Coast, Florida
Build time: 3 months
Engine: 6.4L V-8 Hemi
Transmission: 66RFE six-spd automatic
Transfer case: BW 44-47
Low range ratio: 2.64:1
Crawl ratio: 35:1
Front axle/differential: AAM 9.25-in/electric locking
Rear axle/differential: AAM 11.5-in/electric locking
Front: Coil springs, factory shocks, sway-bar disconnect, AEV 3-in suspension kit
Rear: Coil springs, factory shocks, Hellwig sway bar
Tires: 37x12.5R17LT Nitto Ridge Grappler
Wheels: 17x8 AEV Ram Salta HD
Armor: AEV differential covers, stock 12,000-lb Warn winch
Cool stuff: AEV snorkel, Wilco Offroad tire carrier, Rigid Industries lights, AEV ProCal module, AEV Switch Pod kit, ARB fridge, ARB dual compressor, Maxtrax recovery boards, Alu-Cab awning, Genesis dual-battery system, Odyssey battery, Leitner cargo system, Decked drawers, Go Power! inverter, 5-gallon jerrycans, Road Shower, James Baroud rooftop tent