The Power Wagon is one of the few full-size trucks built from the factory to perform optimally when the tarmac ends and is, therefore, a popular vehicle platform for overland travel. Over the past few months, we’ve featured a number of expedition-ready examples, including this 2014 w/ Four Wheel Camper Hawk, a 2017 w/ EarthCruiser GZL 400, and a heavily modified 2019 Expedition Build.
If you’re looking to travel long term or perhaps live on the road full time, a full-size truck makes sense, as discussed in Scott Brady’s article on the Full-size Revolution. Ultimately, these larger vehicles provide suitable engines, space, payload, and towing capacity for heavy campers or habitation boxes. As someone who owns a relatively compact 4WD vehicle, it’s remarkable how quickly a build encroaches on or even exceeds the GVW, which is neither practical nor safe. Alternatively, the Power Wagon provides a generous 1,510-pound payload and a 10,350-pound towing capacity, which makes it a great travel vehicle, especially when combined with its go-anywhere capabilities. That said, we do have to address the Hemi’s fuel economy, which can be in the single digits. I don’t think it’s the end of the world if you plan to live in the truck, as the cost will be offset by the money you save on bills, rent, mortgage, etc. Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking a Ram 2500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel is a better choice for big mileage. Today’s 2020 Power Wagon has to be one of the most impressive to date, featuring a huge list of modifications, a PCOR 4×4 tray and canopy, luxurious interior, and has covered just 36,000 miles.
From the Seller:
“This is one the best overland builds on a Ram 2500 platform you will find. The truck is the ultimate off-roader/overlander and is built to meet the perfect balance between capability, storage, ease of use, and comfort. It has been extremely well taken care of and professionally cleaned and waxed every other month. Oil changed every 5,000 miles. Up to date with routine maintenance and recalls. The whole setup is surprisingly light for its size, thanks to the aircraft-grade aluminum used by PCOR 4×4. Professionally built by Exploration Outfitters and then improved by local off-road shops. You are not only paying for the rig, but the hundreds of hours that went into adjusting, testing, and fixing the smallest details. You are guaranteed a vehicle that is trail ready.”
2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
The Power Wagon is fitted with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. A powerful, albeit thirsty engine is matched with impressive go-anywhere capability thanks to 4WD, front and rear locking differentials, high and low range, a front disconnecting sway bar, skid plates, Warn Zeon winch, and Bilstein Monotube shocks (these have since been replaced, see below). These rugged credentials are balanced with driver comforts that include:
- Surround-view camera
- Heated steering wheel
- Infotainment system with navigation, 12-inch
- Heated and ventilated front seats, and rear heated seats
- Leather upholstery
- Alpine audio, nine speakers
- Remote start
- Carli Pinto suspension, rear Carli HD coils, and Firestone airbags with Daystar cradles
- AEV Kalta wheels with BFGoodrich KO2 tires
- Baja Designs lighting
- ARB compressor
- Darche awning, 270 degrees
- Freshwater tank, 100 liters
- Gel battery 135-amp-hours with Redarc 200-watt solar panel
This 2020 Ram 2500 Powerwagon Overland Build is listed for $155,000 and is currently located in Malibu, California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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