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Why is Off-Roading in a Full-Size Truck a Good Idea?

Why is Off-Roading in a Full-Size Truck a Good Idea?

Full-size trucks were once the go-to off-roading vehicle, but they went out of favor for a spell. But they're back with a fury this time.

You've probably seen a few full-size trucks on the trail recently and questioned why someone would choose a RAM 1500 or an old-school Suburban for off-roading.

Lot of power

Full-size trucks are available with a variety of muscular engines, ranging from gas-powered V8s with insane horsepower to diesels that are torque monsters. Granted, a diesel is somewhat more expensive than a gas-powered 1/2-ton, but it may be worthwhile if you want an off-roader as well as a truck capable of towing your boat.

More Space

With a full-size truck, you may have more space in the cab to spread out (or room for more of your family and friends) while also carrying more cargo in the truck bed. Obviously, you don't need to load your full-size truck with unnecessary items, but it's wonderful to have the extra space to bring grandmother along for the journey, as well as a cooler with some perfectly cold boxes of wine to quiet her anxiety.

Heavy-Duty Parts Are Frequently Included

Many off-roaders spend thousands of dollars modifying their vehicles with heavy-duty equipment that can withstand the abuses of running on rough routes. However, odds are that a full-size vehicle already contains strong components that you don't need to enhance.

A 3/4-ton or 1-ton full-size vehicle will feature heavy-duty axles that will make your off-road trail mates green with envy. That means that while your buddies' rigs are being updated at the shop, you can hit the trail right away with your heavy-duty axles.

Larger Tires Are Awaiting You

Full-size trucks have the benefit of being able to fit massive tires without requiring a massive lift. In truth, many current full-size trucks from RAM, Ford, Chevy, and other manufacturers can readily take 35-inch tires without a raise and 37-inch tires with little to no lift.

35s were once considered large, but 37s are currently becoming trendy. 40-inch and 42-inch tires may become the standard before long!

You might be able to save some money

When comparing the pricing of a new full-size vehicle with a new mid-size truck, there is obviously a significant price difference - a full-size truck is just more expensive. However, if you want to start off-roading with a full-size vehicle and buy an older model, you may be able to locate a 1/2-ton or 3/4-ton truck with a gas engine for significantly less than a new mid-size truck.

Of course, the dilemma is whether you want a new ride, although a smaller and less powerful one, or an older ride with more choices for carrying passengers.

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