What if you got a Ram Power Wagon stuck? It may be very difficult to stop progress of this beastly truck. After all, it’s equipped with solid axles, lockers (front & rear), disconnecting front sway bar, low-range 4×4, skid plates, and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. It’s reassuring to know that it also comes from the factory with a 12,000 lbs Warn-built winch.
Ram setup this winching demonstration at the 2017 Texas Truck Rodeo near Austin, TX. The Truck Rodeo is an annual event that brings dozens of journalists and vehicles to decide the truck, SUV, and crossover of Texas.
The point of this demonstration is to have the truck and winch work unison in order to overcome an obstacle (a rock ledge, in this case). The truck already has incredible traction capability, but it is heavy (around 7,300 lbs in fully optioned trim and a full tank of fuel). The drive has the challenge of operating the winch, steering, and matching the truck’s speed to the speed of the winch. It takes a lot of practice to get it right, as there is always the tendency to add throttle when being stuck. If you get the truck moving too fast, the winch cable will get slack, it may get caught under a wheel, and the situation may get worse in a hurry.
Watch the video to see the demo in real time!