OFF-ROAD TO JEROME

Tak­ing the dirt route to Gold King Mine Ghost Town via Ram Trucks

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By John Cappa editor@fourwheeler.com Pho­tos: John Cappa and Ram Trucks

Tak­ing the dirt route to Gold King Mine Ghost Town via Ram Trucks

RAM TRUCKS HASN’T BEEN AFRAID TO PROVE the off-road prow­ess of its 4x4s. For the past sev­eral years, the com­pany has used the Over­land Expo West in Flagstaff, Ari­zona, as the jump­ing-off point for back­coun­try ad­ven­tures with jour­nal­ists. This year, the com­pany in­vited us to pi­lot the

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⁄4-ton Power Wagon and 1⁄2-ton Rebel on a dirt trip through the Ari­zona desert, hills, woods, and back­roads to the his­toric Gold King Mine Ghost Town in Jerome, Ari­zona. The 2017 route wasn’t overly dif­fi­cult. Most of the year, a stock 4x4 could tra­verse all of the trail, so we packed our Mag­el­lan TRX7 to track the en­tire route. You can see the map and fol­low our path on trx­trail­head.com (bit.ly/2pslv29).

To the un­trained eye, the Gold King Mine Ghost Town is just a col­lec­tion of rusty hulks, but to in­dus­trial Amer­i­cana ad­dicts and vin­tage truck and 4x4 en­thu­si­asts, it’s a trea­sure

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|>There are a cou­ple of great view spots that you’ll find on our Mag­el­lan TRX trail map. Also, watch out for cat­tle on the road; it is an open range, so you don’t want to go blast­ing around cor­ners blindly.<-If you were won­der­ing about mod­i­fy­ing a Power Wagon, Barlow Ad­ven­tures (bar­lows.us) man­aged to stuff 35-inch tires on a mostly stock truck with no lift and only a slight bit of in­ner front fender rub­bing at full stuff. This truck sees reg­u­lar 9,000-pound tow­ing and trail duty.

|> Most of the trail fea­tures a lot of jum­bled and loose rocks. Air­ing the tires down will pro­vide more trac­tion and a much smoother ride. We dumped the tire pres­sure in our Power Wagon down to about half of the rec­om­mended street pres­sure.

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