When people mention Moab in the off-road community, most people think of heavily modified jeeps and rock crawlers. While there are many trials that do require that, you can also have fun in a near stock truck or jeep! Recently a good friend and I decided, on a whim, that we needed some Moab therapy, so we took our daily driver Dodge Ram trucks and hit the road. He’s got an 06 Ram 1500 Mega Cab that sports a solid front axle from the factory, running a small lift and almost bald 35s. My truck is a 2012 Ram 1500 with a leveling kit up front and new 275/60R20 BFG A/T2 tires.
We got into town just in time to stop at Milt’s Stop & Eat for a burger and a shake, best lunch stop in town! After that we headed out to run Fins & Things before it getting dark, so with a full belly and already being on the road for 6 hours that morning we set out again. We had no issues on the trail and both trucks did awesome. My front winch mount worked as a shovel coming down a ledge, but other than that we enjoyed the beautiful weather, amazing scenery and the “you’re crazy” looks from other people on the trail.
The following day we started off with running Hells Revenge, a classic and always fun trail just outside Moab. Again, both trucks did awesome with only a few bumps and scrapes on the skid plates and bumpers. Bob, in the mega cab, tried to run Hells Gate but got a little hung up on the entrance that drop into it, so I had to winch him back out. We ran the trail out the way we came in, which isn’t recommended but the exit to this trail would have been pretty hard on my rocker panels due to not having sliders, or a lift. After that we ended up at Milts for lunch again and then proceeded on to see how far we could get on Poison Spider. We made it about 1/3 of the way through before I decided I wanted to keep my rocker panels somewhat straight so we turned around and headed back out. Over all my truck amazed me time and time again with how capable something that stock can do on these trails with careful tire placement.