Life En Route

Ram 5500

We traded our 2019 Ram 3500 Longhorn HO/AISIN 4×4 CCLB DRW for a 2021 Ram 5500 Limited 84CA Cummins 4×4 on 09/02/2021.

Our 2019 3500 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Ashland, NE)
Our 2021 Ram 5500 the day we got it. At Boulder County Fairgrounds (Longmont, CO)

In the course of a couple fast-paced weeks, we ended up with the following modifications:

  • Bedrock 9D 11’4″ flatbed, modified for our use
  • Northstar direct-bolt-on 22.5×6.75″ wheels
  • Hercules DT320 255/70-22.5 tires (37″ tall) w/ full-size spare mounted on headache rack
  • V-bar tire chains with cams for all six tires
  • 24+48″ toolboxes on each side, below the flatbed
  • 18+48″ toolboxes on each side, above the flatbed
  • Ranch Hand Sport front bumper (for a 3500, modified to fit the 5500)
  • Smittybilt X2O 17.5K winch
  • Viair RV-450P modified for permanent OBA
  • 18″ hitch extension for flat towing the Jeep
  • Midland MXT275 GMRS radio
  • Garmin Dashcam 35

The end result of those was this:

Shake out trip to St Vrain State Park (Longmont, CO) with the “completed” 5500