With the November 15 start of northern Michigan’s rifle hunting for deer season, my dad and I made our annual pilgrimage to the family farm. The property spans a few hundred acres with terrain that varies from flat fields to dense woods. It’s beautiful when it’s covered in freshly fallen snow, but the rumble of the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s 6.4-liter V-8 and the sound of the beefy tires crunching over the hard ground broke the serenity.
Instead, the winter landscape would be a proving ground for the new Power Wagon, a crew-cab Ram 2500 4x4 pickup that comes factory-equipped with locking differentials, a disconnecting front anti-roll bar, and an 11,000-pound electric winch. You might call it overkill; I call it just right.
Our deer blinds, chairs, heaters, and backpacks filled the 6-foot-4-inch bed, and rifles and ammo cans fit perfectly in the remote-locking Ramboxes located at either side of the bed. That left ample room in the crew cab for my dad, two of his friends, and me, all layered up in camo and blaze orange. We were almost as vibrant as the Ram; its anything-but-subdued paint scheme screamed against the snow-white background.
We drove along the farm’s wide, well-groomed trails before splitting off and venturing off trail, cutting across recently logged sections. Here we tried out the rear locker and front anti-roll bar disconnect as we clambered over downed logs on the rough terrain, which was almost like coffee-in-hand cruising in the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
The Goodyear Wrangler tires pawed through the soft dirt with ease. Even as snow built up, traction remained. When the low-speed crawling got a bit boring, we shifted the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon into rear-wheel drive, turned off the traction control, and let those Wrangler tires spray some mud.
We parked and settled in for the hunt. After three hours, the crack of my rifle broke a long silence. My eight-point buck slid on top of the bedliner with ease. Even easier was hoisting the deer up onto our buck pole, thanks to some help from the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s winch.
That a factory-packaged, feature-filled truck has so much capability is remarkable, but that it’s also reasonably priced ($49,445) is somewhat astonishing. Before heading home, my fellow hunters had two questions for me: “Can you bring it back next season?” and “Can you get it with a Cummins?” A diesel Power Wagon? That needs to be next on Ram’s build list.
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