#PTOTY20 – Day 4 Recap: Light Off-Roading and Shenanigans
Fire Road Shenanigans
If you called the folks at Jeep and asked them how many people go off-roading in their Wrangler, they would tell you around 75%. Other makers of off-road products will also cite similar numbers. But what type of off-roading are they talking about? There's no way they're talking about the Hell's Revenge trail in Moab, are they?
No. They surely are not. While some people will go serious off-roading in their Jeeps or pickups, the most extreme off-the-pavement driving would be a grassy parking lot at a rock concert or a fire road to a camp site.
That's what the fourth day of testing at Truck Trend's Pickup Truck of the Year testing entailed. After leaving our hotel at Pismo Beach, we headed towards Pozo Road in Santa Margarita. Starting at the aptly named Pozo Saloon, the OHV trail meanders through Los Padres National Forest.
It's a fairly easy off-road trail and is common with mountain bikers and pickup trucks alike. The trail offers a lot to see and features some sheer cliff drop-offs that are dangerous if you leave the road. But fortunately, the trail is rather wide, so oncoming traffic isn't always a pucker moment.
The off-road focused trucks, like the Sierra AT4 (both 1500 and 2500) and the Ram Rebel, perform well here. Their shocks are better suited for the ruts and craters pockmarked along the trail.
All of the trucks present made the run, including the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Custom. Just a small step up from the company's base work truck trim, it's probably the pickup most out of its element here on Pozo.
Every truck survived the trek, which tells us that any pickup truck you buy today will likely take you to that weekend campsite without any trouble. One caveat, we did indeed puncture a tire on the Silverado 2500HD LTZ, which required a quick repair thanks to our ARB tire fix kit.
Tomorrow is much more serious off-roading for those who use their truck as their weekend toy, and not just to tow weekend toys. Some of these trucks in our group have air dams that sit pretty low. Will all the trucks survive the day?