Mar 17, 2018

2014 Ram Powerwagon aka The HoneyBadger..




Like the saying goes....go big or go home right? Last year I was lucky enough to come across a smoking deal on a Powerwagon. I had always wanted one since Dodge reintroduced them in 2005. Back at the 2015 NW Overland Rally...the hot one, AEV brought out their Prospector and that really got the wheels turning about upgrading the Jeep.


Specs: 3/4 to truck with 6.4 Hemi, front and rear lockers, Electronic disconnecting swaybar, Warn 15k winch and a heated steering wheel...Oh and the subdued graphics package.

A couple days after I brought it home.

Decided to ditch the chrome and tried my hand at Plasti-dip. It turned out really nice and has held up really well.


Recent upgrades are a set of 35" Yokohama Geolander G303 MT's. New MasterPull winch rope, VisionX 4.7 light cannons.


Mar 18, 2018

Nice! Much good about a full-size pickup for this sort of thing. Love the fact that it comes from the factory with front and rear lockers, and a winch! I think you're going to like those Vision X light cannons. I have a small set of Vision X fog lights on my JK.

Mar 19, 2018

The visionX lights are fantastic. They are super bright for such a small light. I run them with the clear covers and they still wash out my headlights. They have great side projection too. Ditch to ditch. Very happy with that purchase.

Mar 19, 2018

VisionX on the back of my camper. Instant daylight for reverse and/or camp setup. Love'em



Aug 31, 2018

A few months ago I added a sidekick for the truck. I picked up a 2018 Rockwood ESP(Extreme Sports Package) Tent trailer. It has been dubbed "The bounce house" It has all the cool gadgets that are in demand for overlanding. Water storage, water heater, shower, bathroom, giant expandable tent, stove, heater, solar panel and....get this.....heated mattress'!

I know it's not going to handle the hardcore trails like the Rubicon or Naches trail but I plan on pushing it beyond what normal RVr's do. Since 1/2 the family doesn't like to be far away from the amenities, our adventures will be kind of a hybrid of over landing and RV'n.

It's already got the NW Overland rally under it's belt so it's a certified overland trailer...right?





Now just have to figure out how I'm going to get this thing 7+ feet in the air. Just picked up this super massive Maggiolina that's been up fitted with electric lift, usb outlets and spiffy touch LED lights. It is the same width as my truck box and 7' long.

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