The Ram 1500 TRX gets to showcase itself at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes which are more than 10,000 acres of white sand rising to 400-ft tall.
The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX leaves quite a trail behind it.
Home to more than 10,000 wind-blown acres of white quartz moondust sand forming into magnificent dunes rising to 400-ft. tall, This Old Truck highlights one of overlanding’s hidden gems, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. For this special drive, Legacy Classic Trucks Founder Winslow Bent takes viewers through the St. Anthony dunes in a 702-hp Hellcat-powered RAM 1500 TRX. With fine sand terrain prone to overheating and bogging down heavy rigs, This Old Truck puts the 6,000 lbs. TRX to the test.
Performance features of the Dodge Ram 1500 TRX include a V8 Supercharged engine and 650 Ibs/ft of torque.
Located in Idaho near the Snake River Plain, St. Anthony features an ever-shifting landscape of steep, other worldly dunes courtesy of wind carrying riverbank sediment from the nearby Teton and Snake rivers. Once home to lava-spewing volcanic vents, the ancient hillsides have become a mecca in the Western U.S. for dirt biking, as well as ATV and UTV enthusiasts.
The Ram TRX reaches a max horsepower of 702 at 6100 rpm.
“Driving in sand like this is a completely different sort of off-roading experience. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect,” comments Legacy Classic Trucks Founder Winslow Bent. “I’ve taken some of our resto-modded Power Wagons out to the Dunes, so I had to see how the Hellcat V8 would do out here. Fine sand is fickle. I’ve had trucks choke in fifteen minutes out here. We were really impressed with how the TRX took on everything that we threw at it with zero issues. The TRX is a great pick for overlanders that play in this sort of sandbox.”
The Ram TRX is a great off-road pickup truck.
Bent’s new RAM is outfitted with a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 4.5 seconds. TRX engine output is similarly impressive with 702 horsepower operating alongside a powerful 650 lb.-ft. of torque. At 80 inches wide, the truck design also incorporates air intakes that line the entire front bumper. Crawling the dunes, This Old Truck found these front intakes were crucial in preventing overheating with the sandy conditions.
A close-up of the front of the new 2022 Ram 1500 TRX. This Ram truck features a transmission with Driver Selectable Mode and sequential shift control with Steering Wheel Controls.
Bent’s TRX also features a special set of Goodyear custom-made tires specifically for this rig. The tires are slightly more aggressive than all-terrains but fall just short of mud tires. Experiencing the TRX in the sand also showcases how important beadlock wheels are for off-roading at higher speeds without worrying about tires slipping off the wheel at any given time. With the TRX also encountering steep and rounded, always shifty sand banks, soft suspension is vital. Bent’s TRX includes adaptive Bilstein Black Hawk e2 shocks that performed excellently.
How the Ram 1500 TRX truck traverses through the Dunes.
To see how the $90,000 Hellcat V8-powered 1500 TRX performed at St. Anthony in Idaho, check out the newest episode of This Old Truck by visiting the Legacy Classic Trucks YouTube channel. And to discover more amazing trucks of all kinds, watch past episodes that include exploring a WWII-era Duck Boat, a classic Diamond-T, and one of Legacy Classic Truck’s own vintage Power Wagons at https://www.youtube.com
The performance of the new Ram 1500 TRX is outstanding. We definitely want to give this technical vehicle a test drive. What do you think? Would this be a good technical vehicle for the aspiring warlord?