I swore that I'd keep this one stock. Yeah, right...
I picked up this Dodge at a dealer in Grass Valley, CA last summer. It's a used 2007 2500 Quad Cab long bed 4X4 with the absolute last of the 5.9 Cummins to go in a Dodge. I wanted a little more room in the bed/bedroom than my Ford had and a little update all around.
The shell is a Callen that I customized a bit. I had some of the same problems with Scott that others have had, but I finally got it built. I had a single door put in the rear instead of the barn doors. I then had them build cabinets on either side of the door behind the dual pane windows. I put more cabinets above the windows. There's a switch for the lights by the rear door so that I don't have to climb in to turn on the lights. And a Fantastik fan. Other amenities include a Swampy swamp cooler and a 1000 watt Xantrax inverter. Of of my favorite additions so far is the Bed Rug. Boy is that thing plush!
Sometime this week, I'll modify the (sleeping) bed from the Ford to fit the Dodge. This shell is 1" narrower inside. Ooops. My bed fits transverse at the front of the shell and is made of angle iron and plywood, with a yoga mat on top.
I mostly use this truck in fire camp. I travel with an interagency Incident Management Team to large fires. My job usually entails being up late at night, so I like having someplace to sleep during the day. To that end, I'll be putting a few radios in the truck as well. It'll get a commercial VHF and UHF as well as a scanner and cell amp.
I still haven't decided what, if anything, to do to the suspension or drivetrain. I'm trying to leave well enough alone, but you know how that goes.
Well, that's my story...