Life En Route

Ram 3500

We traded our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ D/A Z71 CCSB for a 2019 Ram 3500 Longhorn HO/AISIN 4×4 CCLB DRW on 06/27/2019.

The Chevrolet was heavily modified and while we thoroughly enjoyed the truck, it was the epitome of throwing good money after bad. We should have bought a DRW (dual rear wheel) truck much sooner, instead of pursuing multiple phases of modifications.

Tyler State Park (Tyler, TX)

Now that we’ve put tens of thousands of miles on the Ram, we can say without a doubt that it’s a lot better truck for our needs and is far more comfortable for long road trips – a combination of the infotainment, ergonomics, ride comfort, and overall confidence with a heavy camper or trailer.

We’ve been surprised with the maneuverability of it and any concerns we had about a DRW – which were many – have been quashed with experience driving it. As they say, “the more you drive one, the smaller they become”. We’ve taken it down a lot of narrow, unpaved roadways without issue, where other people in much smaller SUVs were refusing to attempt.

We’ve made several modifications to the Ram, including:

  • RDS 72743PC 60gal aux tank/ toolbox combo w/ electric pump and 120AT filter/separator
  • Fold-A-Cover G4 Elite
  • CURT 60618 OEM Puck System Gooseneck Kit
  • Torklift front and rear frame ties
  • Viair 450P-RV permanently mounted for tankless onboard air
  • Garmin Dash Cam 35
  • 2kW AIMS Inverter
  • Midland MXT275 radio w/ Comet CP-5NMO mount w/ MXTA10 antenna
  • Titan 7030313 55 gallon midship replacement fuel tank (replaced RDS tank above)
  • Air Lift 7500XL air bags with Air Lift 74000 air system
  • Hellwig 7298 rear sway bar
  • SuperSprings SSA24 rear springs
  • SumoSprings SSF-302-40 helpers up front
  • Ranch Hand Sport front bumper
  • Smittybilt X2O 17.5K winch
  • Custom Temco MFG flatbed w/ toolboxes
  • Northstar 19.5×6.75 forged aluminum outer wheels
  • Jantsa 19.5×6.75 steel inner and spare wheels
  • Cooper Roadmaster RM253 245/70r19.5 LRH steer and spare tires
  • Continental Terra HD3 245/70r19.5 LRH drive tires
  • AlfaOBD and OBDLink EX for flatbed and TPMS delete, tire recalibration, etc
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Ashland, NE)
Kenisee Lake RV Campground (Thousand Trails – Jefferson, OH)
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