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  • Prospector XL build by WDL1982

    As requested (here), a little build page for my Prospector XL with custom expedition box.

    The truck:
    2015 RAM 3500 Crew Cab, short bed, Tradesman
    Cummins with Aisin (yeah 865 ft lb ), 4x4

    Options:
    - SPOD SE with touch screen and bluetooth module and ARB wiring harness
    - RAM mounts mount for iPad 3 for navigation (road: Google maps, off-road: Gaia GPS app)

    Pending:
    - full Prospector XL package from AEV with FR/RR airlockers, pre-filter "snorkel", Warn 16.5t, 4.30 gears, AEV diff covers and 2 spares (40" Toyo Open Country MT on Katla 17x10)
    - Custom expedition box to be build by Alumline (see basic 3D design below (did it myself)). A flatbed tray with fully enclosed custom canopy with side opening gull-wing doors (hinge at the top) and 2 spares hanging of the back and full length (cab-over) roof rack.
    - Once I get the truck back home (Nor-Cal) I will re-install my AutoHome Columbus XL medium roof top tent

    My DIY 3d design idea for the custom box:


    Planned:
    - Titan STAFS aux fuel tank (spare tire aux fuel system) for additional 30 gal of diesel
    - Rigid 50 or 54" RDS curved light bar on the roof (have to see the clearance with the raised air intake pre-filter)
    - Rigid E series 28 or 30" amber light bar on the front bumper, hopefully it will fit inside the AEV bumper hoop, if not, it will go on top
    - Side facing LED lights (left/right) to see what besides you when driving at night
    - Reversing lights, some bright LED lights on the back with the 3-way switch (on/off/on reverse)
    - 2 Optima yellow top batteries in the canopy, to run my ARB fridge (80qt)
    - Compressor for tires (maybe tools), maybe with an airtank (or not)
    - 110V inverter in the back and small one in the cab (for my laptop)
    - Going to install my HAM radio (Yaesu FTM-400)

    Ideas (input more than welcome):
    - I would like a 360 degree camera system that does 2 things: is a 'dashcam' (so a mobile DVR that records on a loop and saves accident footage or with a save button) AND can be used to view live feed on a monitor in the cab to help navigate obstacles off-road. I'm thinking front facing cam, rear facing cam (reversing cam) and 2 side facing (probably mounted on the roof rack facing sideways and down a little bit).
    - ... (at this point I will likely have run out of money ... )

    So long ... see you soon


    WDL1982
    Attached Files
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    2015 3500 CC-SB 4x4 Cummins/AISIN - Complete
    Prospector XL package - Complete
    Custom expedition cargo box - Complete

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    That will be one killer build.
    2014 Ram 3500 Limited SRW 6'4" bed currently stock
    2009 Dodge 1500 Sport on 35's - Totaled
    1999 2Dr Tahoe on 38's - Sold

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    • #3
      Awesome. Alumline does beautiful stuff.

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      • #4
        Looking forward to the build! I would really reconsider gearing... Have you used a gearing calculator? Like I said in a previous post, I run 4.30s with lockers and 37s. I think the Diesel Power guys put 4.56s in their AEV build with 40s. I would lean towards 4.56s with the 40s. I think it'll help with drivability and hauling.... Just my 2 cents...
        14 Ram 3500 CCLB, CTD, Auto, AEV lift, Saltas, 37" KO2s, ARB lockers, ARB dual compressor, 2 gallon air tank, Nitro, 4.30 gears, Amsoil everywhere, switch pros 8100

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        • #5
          Thank you for making this per request. I look forward to following this!
          Ram 2500 Reg. Cab
          08 JKU

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          • #6
            AEV was kind enough to send a few pictures of the build.
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            2015 3500 CC-SB 4x4 Cummins/AISIN - Complete
            Prospector XL package - Complete
            Custom expedition cargo box - Complete

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            • #7
              And Alumline also sent some pictures of the body under construction. Right side of the box is the rear.
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              2015 3500 CC-SB 4x4 Cummins/AISIN - Complete
              Prospector XL package - Complete
              Custom expedition cargo box - Complete

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              • #8
                This is gonna be great. Be sure you have enough room for the rear uptravel, for whatever reason, most flatbed companies mount them too low, especially when combined with the low lift/big tire.

                dh
                2015 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis SRW
                2009 Brute DoubleCab 5.7VVT Supercharged, 37s
                2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R
                2013 KTM 450XC-W

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                • #9
                  Nice progress. The matte black on the new hood and the Alumline look great. You have any mock ups as to what the inside of the flatbed / topper will be like?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AEV Dave View Post
                    This is gonna be great. Be sure you have enough room for the rear uptravel, for whatever reason, most flatbed companies mount them too low, especially when combined with the low lift/big tire.



                    dh


                    This. Alum-Line is famous for keeping the bodies as low as possible on trucks. We always specify what we want for for long sills as well as crossmembers and placement to make sure of up travel. This will also help with fuel intake placement and filling. 5" bare minimum to get the correct flow



                    NutHouse Industries LLC
                    NutHouse Industries LLC
                    Tom Isaacs Jr

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                    • #11
                      I specced a 5" sill, the standard was3 or 4", so I should be OK.

                      No layout for the interior yet. Gotta crap a lot of stuff in there:
                      - ARB 82 qt fridge
                      - 2 optima yellow tops
                      - inverter 1200-2000W
                      - arb twin compressor
                      - multiple USB 5v plugs
                      - maybe air tank (or that might go underneath the bed in stead)
                      - all kinds of recover gear
                      - kitchen gear/food/water
                      - shelter/ropes/rigging/tarp gear
                      - firewood/bbq/charcoal
                      - portable foldable solar panels (overland solar 150W)
                      - LED overhead lights

                      I'm thinking through various options of mounting, tie-downs, shelving, boxes, ...

                      Wouter
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                      2015 3500 CC-SB 4x4 Cummins/AISIN - Complete
                      Prospector XL package - Complete
                      Custom expedition cargo box - Complete

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                      • #12
                        Where is the bed being installed?

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                        • #13
                          So are you ditching the bed and installing the box directly to the frame?

                          If so I may be interested in purchasing the bed. I am getting tired of these ram boxes and the poor support of rack companies to fit them.
                          2014 Ram 3500 Limited SRW 6'4" bed currently stock
                          2009 Dodge 1500 Sport on 35's - Totaled
                          1999 2Dr Tahoe on 38's - Sold

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                          • #14
                            Once AEV is done with the truck, they will ship to Alumline, in Cresco IA.
                            They will take the bed of and replace it with the custom aluminum body.
                            They said they have a few buyers that buy the beds, but if someone wants to make an offer for it and can pick it up in Cresco IA, happy to talk.
                            TTEngineer, send me a private message if interested.
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                            2015 3500 CC-SB 4x4 Cummins/AISIN - Complete
                            Prospector XL package - Complete
                            Custom expedition cargo box - Complete

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                            • #15
                              Looking forward to seeing the final results. What gearing did you end up going with?
                              14 Ram 3500 CCLB, CTD, Auto, AEV lift, Saltas, 37" KO2s, ARB lockers, ARB dual compressor, 2 gallon air tank, Nitro, 4.30 gears, Amsoil everywhere, switch pros 8100

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