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New Power Wagon Heading to the Smoky Mountains

Discussion in 'Dodge Ram Power Wagon' started by Trailmaker, Sep 7, 2019.

Power Wagon suitable to take a family of 5 on Vacation in?

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  1. Heck yeah

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  2. Not my first choice

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  3. If I had no other options

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  4. Definitely not

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  1. Trailmaker

    Trailmaker Senior Member

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    Hey fellow Ram owners, I’m taking a road trip with my Family and will be going across 10 states.
    I hope to give day to day updates on MPG, some off roading pics, performance. I know the round trip will be about 2,000 miles but with some day trips I plan for 3,000 extra on the OD. Probably 8 tanks of gas. Unless I can manage to get 500 mi out of a tank on the sea level runs.

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    Unrelated to your question, but if you get a chance, check out Nemo Tunnel #24 for a fun detour in Wartburg, TN. and Hurricane Creek Trail outside of Ashville, NC. We drove up from DFW last October.

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  3. Trailmaker

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    Wow. Ok I will see if I can map it into my route. I’m spending 3 days in Pigeon Forge and taking day trips out from there.
     
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    michael harpe U.S. Army 2001-2014 Military

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    @Trailmaker is that a diamondback topper? Looks like it how come you didnt go with ram boxes. I have the ram boxes and love them. However I don't love that decked doesn't make boxes for the truck with them and I don't love that Diamondback's topper rests on the rails and isn't water proof. But it will still support the full 1600lbs according to them when I called.

    I get 13mpg hand calculated and 15 according to the truck. I'm mostly highway speeds and not city though.

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    It absolutely is suitable for it!
     
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    Yes sir it is. Had one on my last truck to haul my ATV. I chose this truck because it had every option other then the ram boxes and duel alternator so I could use the Diamond Back cover and rack. My wife is driving now but I will post some pictures showing it off. It saves me from towing a trailer countless times. I had everything for 15 2x6x16s strapped on to 22 sheets of plywood and of course the 4 wheeler. I also have the built in tool boxes for all my gear. (In the main front one installed at the moment, but the top side boxes will go on when I get home next week) they (Diamond Back) should pay me every time I promote them.
    If this cover did not exist, I would have gotten the Ram boxes for sure.

    14.4 mpg so far on 175 mi of the first leg of this trip. (Hills and small towns)
     
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    Took a pit stop. Some of y’all might recognize this place in LA. Hint: A Dynasty came out of it.

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    Got gas and it wasn’t what I had expected. With cruise set maintaining less then 80 mph but averaged 70, I had hoped to see the 16+mpg I would see at home if not better but I was hanging around 14mpg

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    Pos and cons so far for choosing to take the PW over my wife’s Durango:
    Pro- rarely when the cruise was set did the PW ever down shift going up a hill
    Pro-huge bed! I don’t think I could have gotten all our crap in her suv and still see out the rear window. (Most likely a hitch rack would be needed)
    Pro- first time I did not feel the need to use my navigation on my phone, but relied and enjoyed the navigation on the PW

    Pro- ATT service on the built in WiFi is staler. Always had a signal.

    Con- I will not be passing many gas stations this week
    Con-no rear entertainment
    Con- truck did not like the Louisiana Road. (I was so happy to see the large white bridge that took me over the Mississippi River)
     
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    Con- the truck pulls to the right.

    I know all vehicles should pull slightly to the right and I knew mine seemed a little aggressive but 400 hundred miles behind the wheel today, it seems a little much and tiring.
     
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