Friday, January 29, 2016


living in a clamoring city can make you claustrophobic, and there are times we have to get away from the urban sprawl, get outside, and act like a hoodlums. So this winter I swiped the keys to a 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel, aired out the old weapon safe, and plotted a course to northern Michigan for a day in nature. 

Securely transporting weapons, ammo, and camera hardware can be somewhat of a dubious matter, particularly with a pickup. Thankfully the Ram Rebel is all around arranged for such valuable payload. With 40.3 inches of legroom in the secondary lounge and an aggregate of 125.3 cubic feet of inside volume, there's space galore for knapsacks, camera cases, and charged refreshments in the taxi. With respect to weapons and projectiles, the discretionary Ram Boxes mounted in the sides of the bed are an immaculate spot for rifle cases and ammunition jars. These effortlessly open stockpiling boxes are climate fixed, lit up, and most critical of all, lock safely with the keyless section remote, an extremely advantageous industrial facility choice for  any firearm enthusiast.

 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi Rear Three Quarter In Motion 02
On the trip up north, the Rebel eats up freeway miles with the ease and refinement we've come to expect from the Ram 1500 lineup. Even though the Rebel sits an inch higher than a standard Ram 1500, the steering remains responsive and visibility on the road is great. Despite its size, it's surprisingly easy to place on the road, though nosing into parking spaces is a bit more of a guessing game with the extra hood bulge in our Rebel model.
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi Front View In Motion
Under that hood bulge sits a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, thrusting us through Detroit traffic with the thunder of 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. All Ram 1500 Rebel models also come standard with an air suspension, which offers automatic load leveling and helps increase fuel efficiency by lowering the truck at highway speeds. More important for our purposes, the air suspension can raise the truck for additional clearance off-road at the push of a button. We've reached our family's farm, and it's time to get the 33-inch Toyo Open Country tires dirty.
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi Cabin
With traction control off, air suspension at maximum height, and four-wheel drive engaged, I drop off the pavement and follow the two tracks leading to our makeshift shooting range. Fallen tree branches snap and leaves kick up behind the truck as the Open Country tires find their way through the brush to the tacky dirt below. Seeing as the odometer on this truck reads a mere 450 miles, I take extra care to dodge low-hanging branches that attempt to add their own pinstriping to the Rebel's fresh red paint.
The shooting range is set back in the hills of our family property in a densely wooded valley. It's our quiet place in the woods of northern Michigan where we can shatter the silence with the supersonic crack of gunpowder and lead. Popping open the lid to the Ram Boxes, I drop the tailgate and start filling my empty magazines with fresh brass.
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi Front Three Quarter 04
The cargo divider in the bed of the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel helps keep all our gear in place; anyone as particular as I am can appreciate having a clean workspace when out in the field. Mags topped off, targets in place, and ear protection on, we go weapons-hot. Between the dueling tree, steel barrels, and clay pigeons, we manage to stay plenty entertained throughout the afternoon, easily draining a week’s salary worth of ammunition.
Satisfied with our destruction, we clean up our spent casings and safely stow our targets, firearms, and what's left of our ammunition. To leave our makeshift shooting gallery, we need to ascend the sandy slope we drove down to get here. The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel doesn't offer a locking rear differential, so I back up to get a good run-up to the hill.
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi stockpiling compartment 022016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi back seat2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi wheel2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi truck bed 01 

I steer into the throttle, the Hemi barks to life, and the Toyos attach, heaving the Rebel toward the slope. The air suspension douses up the beginning move, and I rapidly saw in the driver's seat to stay away from another tree that is hoping to leave its blemish on the Rebel. I continue the throttle as the truck limits up the slope and set my sights on a clearing in the brush. The front tires burrow through to hard-stuffed soil and the Rebel paws its way to the top. 

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Hemi Rear Three Quarter In Motion 04 

Winding our way through the forested areas and back to asphalt we go over a segment of as of late cleared area. The moving slopes of rich green grass look very beautiful, so I drop the Rebel into two-wheel drive and get defiant, beating doughnuts in the mud. The certainty stays, there's no better approach to shake off the week's worth of work than by spending a day in the forested areas throwing mud and lead, particularly with a truck as fit as the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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