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Old 10-19-2015, 12:46 AM   #1
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My observations of a Power Wagon as a tow vehicle

Okay, this post isn't about whether a Power Wagon would make a good tow vehicle or not. My wife and I own one and these are my observations. I just finished pulling my 27' FB over the weekend. The PW had plenty of power pulling the AS through the Colorado rockies. 6.4 liters of Hemi and a 6 speed transmission is a great combination. It also has 4.10 gears. My average mpg was 11.5 during the trip. In my opinion not to shabby. I had the trailer brakes set on heavy at 9.5. That may be too much, but they did not lock up. Nor did the AS push the truck around. The braking in general was very smooth. No complaints. So, I feel that I made a very good decision on choosing the PW as my tow vehicle. Plus it can also go on jeep trails when I want to.

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Old 10-19-2015, 05:20 AM   #2
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Uncle Hubie had a PW....never saw the highway, toed a lot though.



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Good to know, I've been considering the Power Wagon as an upgrade to our 1500. We're offroad enthusiast and that's been holding me back from outright 3/4 ton, most just aren't nimble offroad and are too big. But the Power Wagon with solid front and rear axles and both lockers has some nice added features that make it attractive.
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Robert,

That old Power Wagon looks pretty cool. I'll take it even though I don't need it.

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Old 10-20-2015, 02:01 AM   #5
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Yes, that old Power Wagon is cool! You don't see to many that are that nice. Now mine has been off-road a few times. Nothing hard core. So far I have been impressed with its abilities. The ride on it is similar to a half-ton. When my wife said she wanted an Airstream I told her we should get a 3/4 ton. I realize that 1/2 tons can pull the weight of a 27'. None of them can do any serious off-roading without modifying them. The Power Wagon was the perfect choice for us.

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Old 10-20-2015, 08:42 AM   #6
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Well a Ford Raptor can do serious offroading and so can the new Ram Rebel right off the showroom floor. We modified ours. I just did some researching, looks like the Power Wagon only got the 6.4 in 2014 and prior had the 5.7 hemi with a 4:56 rear end. Far less used on the market right now after 2012.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:24 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=ROBERT CROSS;1698794]Uncle Hubie had a PW....never saw the highway, to

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Old 10-21-2015, 02:40 AM   #8
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The Raptor was designed for Baja racing. Not jeep trails. Plus it is only rated for 6000 pounds. Our 27' weighs more than that. So the Ford was never on my list for those reasons. The Rebel is very nice. I do like it. However, it has no locking differentials or winch. Most likely it never will since the Power Wagon is in the same stable. Had the Rebel not been a first year model the dealership might have been willing to negotiate the price. They were willing to deal with the Power Wagon. Anyway, we will be heading out again this weekend. I'll post up on how the truck does this time.

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That's a misnomer. The Raptor features long travel suspension, and that is great for jeep trails. And the 2014 is rated to tow 8000lbs and the engine is the same one in the gaser F250. (Not a Ford guy)

If we're honest, trucks aren't ideal for jeep trails, you want a short wheelbase. Of course, one's definition of jeep trails can vary pretty widely. I'm not really into the "rock crawling"/bouncing off rocks and tearing **** up crowd. More into the overland long travel offroad expo type stuff. Hit up plenty of alpine and desert trails that are technical.

But that's the compromise you make if you tow. I had an expo rig for a long time (posted pictures around here somewhere), we came out here to Moab and hit the trails a lot. So part of my setup has been to balance between stable towing and an expo rig. I have a mild adjustable lift, 4.10's, 35 inch tires, onboard air. The downside is the power on hills on the highway isn't quite as good. Over the scales I'm spot on for payload. This is why I've been thinking a bit more about the Power Wagon. Just the overall weight of the thing.

Good report though.
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Hi from AZ. . . how bout some pics of your rig ? ? Sounds good to me. What year is your PW ? You should bring it to our 4CU NYE rally @ Picacho Peak, AZ, then we can SEE it :-) You would certainly be welcome, Regards, Craig
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The PW is a 2016. I am still having problems uploading pictures to this site. Must be missing something. The odd thing is that I did upload a picture to the Airstream gallery. You'll see a bluish truck with an Airstream and the Rockies behind them both. To Bold, it sounds like you may need to regear to 4.56's or 4.88's. As to jeep trails I rate them from 1 to 10. As long as the PW can get me through an 8 I am happy. You are right that a tow vehicle is a compromise. Not sure what the payload of your 1500 is, but if you do get a PW you might want to look at the Tradesman version. It has a 1800 pound payload if my memory serves me correctly. Softer spring sis the reason for the lower payload. Otherwise it would be well over 3000 pounds.

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Carli Suspension makes long travel airbags for the Ram trucks,so if the pw rear springs need a lil bit more to handle hi tw they have you covered.I have them on mine and only run about 20 psi.That is carring a quad,dirt bike and firewood along with the airstream.
My rear springs are lighter than stock for more travel off road at speed
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I heard of Carli from another forum. Good to know that everyone has good things to say about them. Down the road I may look into them. Thanks for the information.

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Tuff Trucks makes springs at higher capacities to for 1/2 & 3/4 tons. I run them in the rear of mine.

I really like the Power Wagon, just can't make up my mind. I will certainly BS about it long enough though. I'm up in the air between the PW or just getting a diesel.

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I'm sure it's payload is crap. One can dream... Maybe the kids don't have to go to college...

Ok, done hijacking your thread. Forgive this car nut.
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