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The ball is in motion and the next generation of our setup is underway. We recently did a walkaround of the Ram, in it's current state, on our YouTube channel and the main reason I wanted to do that was to document the current setup before the revamp. So I guess this will be more of a rebuild thread. Here's the starting point.

What won't be changing just yet goes a little like this -
* 2014 Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab w/6'4" bed, 5.7L Hemi, 8 speed transmission and 3.92 gears
* 4" ProComp lift
* Icon 1.5" dual rate rear springs
* Hellwig rear sway bar
* ProComp AT Sport tires - 35x12.5-18
* 18x9 Dick Cepek wheels
* White Knuckle Off Road rock sliders
* Chassis Unlimited Octane winch bumper
* Smittybilt X20 12K winch
* Three pairs of KC Highlights pod lights in the bumper - white spot, white flood and amber spot
* A pair of MaxTrax recovery boards,
* The infamously deadly Hi-Lift Jack
* Shorty shovel from Home Depot
* Fiskar Axe

The following will be finding adventures with some other explorers
* iKamper X-Cover Rooftop Tent
* KB Voodoo Max Modular Rack
* Retrax One MX bed cover
* Rhino Rack Batwing Awning Compact

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There was a lot of research, thought and discussion on what would benefit us the most for our next setup. It's not that our current system was bad, in fact there's really not much wrong with it for how we spend our time outdoors. In the end we settled on the idea of of the pop-up shell style system and committed to OVRLND Campers. Of course there are pros and cons to all of the options available this day and age, as well as several decision factors on what brand of shell camper to choose. A little bit on our thought process -

How do we comfortably extend our camping season, from starting earlier in the spring/tail end of winter to late fall/early winter and maybe even truly year long? When it gets dark early and the temps drop significantly, one can rotisserie themselves by the fire for only so long. And while the RTT is spacious, we're still sitting pretzel style, playing cards, and can only stretch out by laying down. This is the same situation in a healthy rain storm, gnarly winds etc. We want something we can comfortably stand and move around in.

Why not a slide in camper? First is the weight, and while we all know a half ton truck is/can be perfectly capable of supporting some slide in campers, this truck is still my daily driver. I wasn't comfortable maxing out or tipping over the payload for something I'm still driving to work everyday. Keeping it 1000 pounds lighter is also better for my fuel mileage.
We also don't require all the amenities built into most campers. We cook outside and don't need a stove inside the camper most of the time, but if we do, the Coleman will work just fine inside as well.
We manage to keep clean without a 'proper' sink, water tank, pump and grey tank so we not interested in a permanently mounted water system.
The furnace - we have a buddy heater and even camping in cold climates we've only actually used it a handful of time. Sure, the insulated tent probably holds heat better than an aluminum shell will until its properly outfitted but again, hauling around a permanently mounted heating system just isn't efficient for where we are camping.

What was the draw to OVRLND Campers? The straight wall design for starters. This will allow for a larger sleeping area and on our truck it's looking like that'll be an oversized queen bed. Also the ease of customizing it without dealing with a slanted wall. And space, it's still a small footprint inside the bed of a truck so the extra space will feel nice. We ordered ours with the full barn doors, not an option on most of the other shell model available but one we find to be beneficial. And proximity - Based in Flagstaff it's less than 9 hours away to have it installed.

What we came back to more than anything is that we go camping to be outside, to live outside, to cook over fire and soak up the beauty and the healing nature provides us. It benefits us more to have the gear we can use inside when we need to, rather than built in amenities. And if we decide we wanted to add some typical camper luxuries to this setup, it can easily be done.
 
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We now have our options dialed in for the shell. We tried to keep them pretty minimal with the idea that with a bit of ingenuity and time we could save some dollars and customize some things ourselves. But here is what we chose to have completed upon pickup -

Full barn doors - This was one of the biggest selling points to choosing Ovrlnd Campers for our build. Eliminating the tailgate will allow for a pretty easy access point in and out of the camper.

Barn door windows - The canvass has windows facing the sides of the truck but not front and rear, I wanted to have have some vision from all for directions from inside the camper. which then leads to...

Cab side sliding window - Again the visibility is an important factor but now I will have a slight bit of vision through the rearview mirror to the rear of the truck. The sliding window will work well in a rainy situation where we can now pull air through with the roof fan.

Roof installed MaxxFan - I've sent them an upgraded version of what they offer, we wanted the MaxxFan Deluxe with the rain shield so they are installing that for us.

Additional 2" of cabover height - This is a pretty cool option they have which will add just a little extra space in the cabover area when closed. This will allow for more bedding, thicker mattress and/or mattress topper to be stored.

Lift struts - Offered as an option but highly recommended for the full-size shells. We'll also be installing some solar to the roof so it just makes sense to have an assist to raise the roof.

We're keeping it simple and customizable. This will allow us to add what we need, where we need and when we need it. It's about adapting the camper to our needs rather than adapting ourselves to the camper.
 
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Where is the next update? Didn't you recently complete some more work?