These vehicles are your best bet for rugged, outdoor living and travel
When you head out on a camping trip, you need a vehicle that matches your needs: the towing capacity and cargo space to haul your gear, an engine and handling that can get you to even the most remote camping spots, and something rugged enough to handle extended time in the great outdoors.
Look no further! Here are the Dodge/Jeep/Ram vehicles best suited for heading out on a camping trip:
If you’re looking for ample cargo space, the Dodge Durango certainly delivers. In the 2016 model, the Durango gives its driver up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space, with folding seats in the third and second rows as well as the passenger seat, allowing you to pack up your largest camping gear with ease.
When it comes to towing, the Durango also shines. With the HEMI V8 engine option, the Durango can tow up to 7,400 lbs. of cargo, making it perfect for hauling camper trailers or boats. The optional All-Wheel-Drive also means that the Durango can get you where you want to be.
When it comes to off-road capabilities, the Jeep Wrangler ranks among the top. For years, Jeep Wranglers have been synonymous with outdoor adventure and living, and that still holds true for newer models.
The Jeep Wrangler features two different 4×4 system options designed to give you the highest traction and wheel torque performance regardless of your chosen terrain. High ground clearance and under-body armor for protection against skids add to the Wrangler’s ability to take you anywhere.
In addition, the Wrangler features ample gear storage space, both in and underneath the rear cargo area. Seats also fold-and-tumble to extend that space for your larger items. A respectable 3,500 lb. towing capacity means that the Wrangler won’t struggle to haul smaller camping trailers or other gear that may not fit in the cargo space.
Trucks are very versatile vehicles, and that can pay off when it comes to camping. All Dodge Ram models (Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500) offer great accessories designed to make outdoor living easier. These include anything from tents to cargo dividers and stabilizers for any amount of gear you need.
Regardless of which model of Ram truck you choose, you’ll have the towing capacity needed for your camping gear. The 2016 Ram line offers between 7,000 and 31,200 lbs. of towing capacity depending on your selected model and package options. These trucks can haul anything from a boat to a fully equipped travel trailer.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great all-around option when it comes to camping-capable vehicles. Rear seats easily fold down to give up to 68.3 cubic feet of space for gear, and the cargo area is also designed for easy loading and unloading. Like the Dodge Rams, the Grand Cherokee boasts a large number of accessories designed to increase carrying capacity including roof racks and cargo boxes for larger items.
Jeep offers three different options for 4×4 driving in the Grand Cherokee, giving owners optional torque transfer from axels to wheels and vice versa for rough patches of terrain. As far as ground clearance, the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be lifted as high as 10.8 inches for off-road travel and lowered as far as 1 inch, making loading much easier.
Finally, the Grand Cherokee can handle between 6,200 and 7,400 lbs. in tow depending on package and engine choice, making towing larger trailers a reality.
Time to Hit the Road!
If you’re searching for a vehicle designed to make camping a breeze or even just to get you from point A to point B, our team at Platte City-Airport Chrysler is here to help. Give us a call or drop by anytime to have a look around.
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