I recently had a conversation with an experienced overlander about modifying vehicles for exploration, and he said something that resonated with me, “Avoid adapting the vehicle to your requirements. Instead, learn to adapt to the vehicle.” It’s all too easy to heavily modify your vehicle to the point that it negatively impacts its performance, capability, and reliability, when in reality pack lists and objectives should be adjusted to suit your rig. There’s a sweet spot between the two, and I’m not suggesting you don’t upgrade your rig, but if you have to change every part on the vehicle it’s probably worth asking yourself whether it’s the correct tool for the job. This in mind, it’s important to invest in a suitable vehicle for your travel plans. A good rule of thumb is to choose a model with considerably more payload, power, and capability than you think you will require as weight soon adds up, and if you’re planning on owning the vehicle long-term, it’s nice to have something you can grow into. Cue the Ram Power Wagon which is one of the few full-size trucks that was designed for the road less traveled. This monster truck rolls off the forecourt ready to tackle the toughest terrains, thanks to 4WD, front and rear locking differentials, high and low range, disconnectable anti-roll bars, and more. It is therefore a popular choice for expedition builds, with recent examples including this 2020 Overland Build, 2014 w/ FWC Hawk, and a 2017 w/ EarthCruiser GZL 400. Ram decided not to offer the Power Wagon with a diesel motor as the weight would negatively impact its all-terrain finesse. I feel this is an oversight and wish they would haveoffered it as an option as I would happily sacrifice a little composure for the additional torque and economy of the Cummins diesel. Today’s 2021 75th Anniversary Edition has covered just 27,500 miles, showcases a luxurious interior, premium modifications, and enjoys a 100,000 mile warranty that is transferable to the new owner.
From the Seller:
“I’ve had this Ram Power Wagon for less than a year and have barely had time to take it out due to work. This is a great platform for your full-size overland build. These trucks with similar miles are currently selling for about $72,000 stock.”
2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition
The Power Wagon is fitted with a Hemi V8 motor that produces 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. A powerful but thirsty engine is matched with class-leading all-terrain capability, thanks to 4WD, solid axles and coil springs, front and rear locking differentials, Warn winch, high and low range, Beadlock Ready Wheels with Goodyear Wrangler tires, skid plates, Bilstein shocks, and more. Inside, the Anniversary Edition is well equipped with driver comforts that include:
- Harman Kardon audio system, 17-speaker
- Forward and rear facing cameras
- Mountain brown leather upholstery
- Remote start
- Climate control
- Heated steering wheel
- Powered, heated and ventilated front seats, and rear heated seats
- Infotainment system with navigation, 12-inch
- Carli Suspension Backcountry System with R2 coils in the rear
- AEV Salta wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T tires
- White Knuckle off-road rock sliders
- Expedition One rear dual swing bumper with spare tire mount
- Switch-Pro, SDHQ Off Road, and Baja Designs lighting
- Twin ARB air compressor
- Power Stop brakes
This 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition is listed for $66,000 OBO and is currently located in southern California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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