The 2014 Ram Power Wagon was looking good until the "up to" 1,490-pound payload part. I loaded 25 60-pound bags on concrete—1,500 pounds—in the bed of my '09 F-150 FX4 Super Crew and didn't even get to the rear pads of the helper springs. With Cooper AT3's set at 65psi, the truck filled with gas, and a set of Rancho's in the rear, I had no change in mileage readout hauling it two hours to my home. I also measured the rear ride height before and after unloading the bags and it was under ½-inch difference. So what's the deal?
You are right to be a bit skeptical of the 2014 Ram Power Wagon's payload rating. However, what is important to remember is that the Power Wagon is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill Ram 2500. The Ram Power Wagon has unique single-rate coil springs at all four corners that are designed for lift and articulation. Combine this with the 33-inch Goodyear tires and you can see why the payload rating is lower. Power Wagon is built to tackle the outdoors, so if you're looking for a truck that's built for hauling, a standard Ram 2500 just might be the ticket.
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