I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I bought a new truck. And a few weeks before that, I told you the next truck I buy will be a Ram Power Wagon.
First, the reasons I want a Power Wagon. This is one of the many trucks that are targeting off-road drivers. Others trying to be the ultimate backroader are the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the Ford Raptor, the Chevy Z-71, the Nissan Titan Pro4X, and the Power Wagon’s little brother, the Ram Rebel. But the Power Wagon has something none of the others have. It’s a three-quarter-ton platform, which means it has more towing and cargo capability than any of the others.
It also comes standard with a sway bar disconnect, locking front and rear axles, and a built-in winch. It only comes in one body style – a crew cab with a six-and-a-half-foot bed, but you can get the RamBox toolboxes on it, leaving your entire bed open for cargo, instead of having to fill a third of it up with a toolbox. I realize not everyone needs a three-quarter-ton, and most people don’t need disconnecting sway bars and locking axles. But for me, the Power Wagon is hands-down the perfect hunting and fishing rig.
So why didn’t I buy one? Well, to be perfectly honest, it came down to price. I checked on prices of brand-new ones, but they were a bit out of my price range. Then I searched the entire Internet for a 2015 or newer I could afford. I wanted the 2015, because that’s the year they started putting the 6.4-liter Hemi in them, instead of the 5.7.
Then I found a really nice regular 2015 Ram 2500 crew cab, but with a long bed. This one was $15,000 cheaper than a 2015 Power Wagon. Yes, the Wagon had more features, but it was half again as much as the one I ended up with.
Oh, well. Maybe someday. The Power Wagon is worth the higher price; I just can’t afford it yet.