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Project White Truck: 2010 Dodge Ram 3500

Posted in Project Vehicles on May 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Project White Truck: 2010 Dodge Ram 3500

Last month we took our '10 Ram 3500 to a local Dodge dealership to get some Mopar upgrades. This truck is our base-model bruiser that is earning monthly upgrades to make it more useful and off-roadable. It started as a basic ST package Ram with vinyl seats, floor mats, a Cummins diesel, and manual transmission. Last month this no-frills killer grew up a little with a Mopar leveling kit and 35-inch BFG's on the stock steel wheels.

We decided a few aftermarket upgrades were next on the list, but nothing extreme, as this truck should be everyman's everything 4x4. The truck does tow rig duties most of the time and also serves as daily driver and general junk hauler, but we really dream of more backcountry exploring. We envision traveling desolate dirt tracks, finding scenic campsites, and basically hanging out in the woods, desert, or wherever for a few days-maybe hunting, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, prospecting, or just escaping. In fact, we did just that in last month's inaugural White Truck Road Trip.

We took the big Dodge to the desert this past fall and slept under the stars. It was perfect, but also not realistic, as most of the time the wind, rain, snow, or cold make open-top camping ugly.

To make our truck the perfect base camp, we recently added a rugged Caravan Camper on the back. It's seems the trend of building expedition vehicles is in full swing these days, but we like to call this our "white work truck that gets to go exploring on vacation days."

We were cruising down the highway contemplating a bed shell when we spotted the perfect-looking camper shell for the Dodge, so we flagged down the driver. He gave us the name Caravan Campers from Reno. It seemed a road trip to western Nevada was in our future.
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Ram Trucks
Aubum Hills, MI 48321
800-726-4636
www.ramtrucks.com
Caravan Campers
775-323-0270
http://www.caravancamper.com

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