Sold: 2007 Ram 3500 – 2015 XPCamper V1 Flatbed ($154,900)

We are selling our 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 and 2015 XPCamper XP V1 Flatbed camper combo. We built this truck camper combo specifically to travel the Pan American highway from Alaska to Argentina. We sought out a camper that would fit our needs for long-term travels in a level of comfort we desired. We chose the Gen-3 Dodge Ram as our truck platform due to its extremely dependable and proven Cummins 5.9L diesel engine, no emission control systems, known durability and creature comforts that came with the Laramie package. We found our one-owner fabled “unicorn” truck with 4WD, dual rear wheels (later converted to singles), 6-speed manual and the top-of-the-line Laramie trim package in our own hometown of Portland, Oregon. Until recently we traveled and lived in our rig fulltime for 3.5 years, visiting half of the U.S. states, four Canadian territories, and 30 of the 31 states in Mexico. Our PanAm plans were dashed by Covid-19 border closures in March of 2020, forcing us into a long-term stay in Oaxaca, Mexico. When borders opened, we decided to return to the U.S. and explore more of our home country. Now we’re offering this ultimate rig for sale to a new owner that’s ready to use it for their own adventures and exploration.

XPCamper V1 Camper – Build #24 Completed May 2015

The XPCamper has been reviewed here multiple times, so I’ll skip rehashing everything. The single fuel system (diesel), solar power system, large battery capacity and water tanks make the setup perfect for long-term off-grid camping. The upgraded solar charging system allows for free and quick replenishing of any power used overnight, but driving the truck will also recharge the camper batteries.

It has everything you need for long-term travel including a full-size queen bed, quality marine Webasto diesel appliances, and a comfortable rear dinette with a huge top-hung panorama window. It has a clever indoor sit-down toilet and shower cubicle that, when closed, transforms into an extra work or food-prep surface, adding to the feeling of open space. The high ceiling of the camper allows for a 6-foot+ tall person to fully stand up inside the camper, and unlike other pop-up campers you can sit fully upright on the bed, meaning no need to hunch over. The single use of diesel fuel for the truck, cooktop and heater means there’s no need for propane storage or filling, and the inherent condensation from using a liquified gas indoors. See James Young’s excellent review of his Dodge Ram/XPCamper combo here.

XPCamper production has been reborn as Nimbl Vehicles Evolution based in Colfax, California. They are available as a resource for maintenance, repairs and upgrades.

Many modifications and updates have been done to the camper to make it reliable and make it look and function better than new. These include an updated Victron solar controller and monitor, new Lifeline AGM batteries, an additional 190 watt solar panel, an added ARB fridge/freezer mounted in the truck, a SOG toilet cassette vent system, an outdoor shower, roof vent covers, and a larger 8.7 gallons/33L diesel tank for the Webasto cooktop and heater. Also included are numerous spare items and even kitchen goodies such as a portable induction cooktop, an Instant Pot pressure cooker and a collapsible multi-fuel outdoor grill. See the complete list of items below.

2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4WD

The original owner used the truck for only minimal towing of a flatbed trailer (no 5th wheel or even travel trailers). The engine has never been used with a “tuner” or souped up in any way. Early 2007 was the last year that diesel engines in the U.S. did not require Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), emissions controls, EGR, DPF, catalytic converters, or sometimes hard-to-locate DEF. It’s the perfect truck for those wanting to travel to areas with no ULSD such as Mexico, Latin America and South America.

The truck has been modified to be both reliable and be a very capable off-road rig that can go places ordinary pickups can’t go. Highlights include a Titan 60-gallon fuel tank, a Pacbrake exhaust brake, an XPCamper truck tray flatbed with numerous storage boxes, Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2-inch lift and 2.5-inch reservoir shocks, a Buckstop front bumper with Baja Designs lights and Warn winch, a custom-made rear bumper with tow hitch, a new Pioneer touch-panel stereo system with amp and speakers, a Clifford alarm system, front and rear ARB locking axles, Dynatrac free-spin hubs, an ARB air compressor with tank, a Cobra CB radio, Garmin dashcam, and an InReach/Garmin satellite messenger. Contact me for a detailed list and items that will be included in the sale.

Factory Truck Features:

2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4WD long bed Laramie trim package (former dual rear wheel)
5.9L Cummins turbo diesel, 325 horsepower, 610 foot pounds torque and a 6-speed manual transmission
Laramie package creature comforts including cruise control, multi-zone heating and A/C, adj pedal height, pwr adjustable heated mirrors, pwr door locks and windows, security system with engine immobilizer, keyless entry, 6-way pwr heated leather seats, pwr steering, pwr steering with adjustable steering wheel, intermittent wipers

All needed service work has been performed, and detailed records are available. A manual for the camper including wiring diagrams is included, as are manuals in PDF format on a USB drive for all added items and systems on both the truck and camper. A clean CarFax report can be supplied upon request, all recalls performed, no accidents. We are non-smokers and have no pets. Current mileage is approximately 177,700 miles.

We are asking $154,900 USD for this ultimate truck and adventure camper. Sorry, we won’t break up the truck and camper, but you certainly could after you purchase it, and we’d even assist you. The truck is located in Gardnerville, Nevada. Contact Dennis at 365Nomads@gmail.com.

Owner Truck Modifications

Cab/Interior:

  • ARB 50-qt fridge/freezer, ARB canvas protective travel cover and ARB tie-down kit, powered by the camper 12 volt system
  • ARB fridge – custom-made mount with fridge tie-down that retains use of under-seat storage area
  • Clifford alarm system with remote alert wireless key fob
  • Cobra C75WXST Handheld CB Radio – NOAA Weather Radio – LCD Display – 40 Channel
  • DeLorme InReach 2-way Satellite Messenger in a powered dash-mount cradle (a subscription will be required)
  • Dynamat sound-deadening in all doors
  • Tablet mount in cab for navigation (with older Samsung Android tablet if desired for use with DeLorme InReach)
  • Fire extinguisher, mounted in rear seat area
  • FireStik FS-4BK 4′ FS-Series Tunable-Tip CB Antenna, black
  • Garmin Dash Cam 45 hardwired to power
  • Husky all-weather floor mats, front and rear
  • Pioneer AVH-4200NEX 2-DIN Multimedia DVD Receiver with 7″ WVGA Touchscreen Display, Apple
  • CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, USB and HDMI inputs for MP3 files, SD-card, front & rear camera display, Pandora & SiriusXM Radio, HD radio, retains factory steering wheel controls
  • Hertz HCP 4D 1160 watt Amplifier and four new premium Morel Maximo Ultra door speakers
  • Seat covers – two front seats, headrests and center console
  • ScanGauge II OBDII trip computer
  • SnapSafe locking security vault in console bottom, perfect for cash, credit cards and passports
  • Tuffy Security Products locking under-seat lockbox lid
  • Tuffy Security Products Jimmy Jammer door lock protector plates
  • WeatherTech custom-fit windshield sun screen
  • WeatherTech custom-fit carpeted dashmat
  • Window tinting – professionally installed, all side windows and top of windshield

Truck Flatbed

  • XPCamper – custom-built flatbed truck tray, 121 inches (10 feet 1 inch) built wider for dually-axle
  • LED lighting – rear turn signals, rear brake lights, side marker lights
  • Storage boxes – underhanging (2) front 39x18x12 inches, (2) rear angled 39”x18”x12”
  • Storage box – front deck-mounted, angled, approx. 41L x 35H inches with slide-out drawer
    Storage drawer – slide-out rear of flatbed (suitable for shovel, axe, traction boards, ladder, etc.)
    Spare tire holder – deck-mounted, full-size, locking

Engine and Fuel

  • Big Bang Injection BBI Stage 0.5 fuel injectors (built to flow an additional 24 percent over stock injectors)
  • Geno’s Garage air conditioning condenser guard
  • Hypertech Speedo Fixer (adjusts speedometer for larger tire sizes)
  • Pacbrake engine exhaust brake
  • PureFlow AirDog II-4G DF-165 Fuel Lift Pump, Fuel Filter & Water Separator with spare filters
  • Titan 60-gal diesel tank and Titan fuel tank shield, installed in OEM tank position

Truck Drivetrain and Body

  • ARB Air Locker locking front differential kit
  • ARB Air Locker locking rear differential kit
  • ARB CKSA12 mini air compressor kit for activating Air Lockers
  • ARB Differential Breather Kit
  • ARB High Performance dual-cylinder 100% duty-cycle air compressor installed in top storage box, with frame-mounted tank and hose fittings installed in both front storage boxes
  • Buckstop/XP custom front bumper, combo aluminum & steel, winch mount, (2) receiver hitches, (2) antenna mounts, camera
  • Bushwacker front fender flares
  • Custom made rear bumper, steel, with trailer hitch, (2) recovery points and rear camera mount
  • Factor55 FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring on winch line end
  • Factor55 FlatLink shackle thimble Rope Guard
  • Mag-Hytek heavy duty front differential cover, extra fluid capacity
  • Mag-Hytek heavy duty rear differential cover, extra fluid capacity
  • Toyo Open Country M/T LT295/85R20 tires (including spare) 10-ply, 4080 pound weight rating each
    LF = 13/32 inches, RF = 13/32 inches, LR = 10/32 inches, RR = 10/32 inches, Spare = 16/32 inches
  • Trail Ready TRBeadlock custom-made 20” forged aluminum wheels (not true beadlocks)
  • Tyger steel rock rails/side steps
  • Warn 16.5TI-S Heavyweight winch with 80-foot Spydura Pro synthetic rope

Lighting

  • Baja Designs XL-R80 6” off-road lights, driving/combo lens (2) mounted in front bumper
  • Baja Designs S8 10” LED light bar, driving/combo lens, with backlit running light mounted in front bumper
  • Baja Designs Squadron Sport flush-mount rear flood/work lights (2) mounted in flatbed rear
  • PIAA amber halogen fog lights mounted in front bumper and controlled with factory fog lights switch
  • DDM Tuning LED headlight bulbs
  • sPOD Source-SE 8-circuit electronic switch with touch-panel LED screen (touch-panel controls lightbar, driving lights, rear flood lights, tank air compressor, locker air compressor, front & rear locking axles). Includes Bluetooth module to control switches using sPOD phone app.

Front Suspension and Steering

  • Borgenson steering shaft
  • Dyantrac HD ball joints (rebuildable)
  • Dynatrac HD free-spin locking hub kit, brand-new outer rings
  • DSS steering box stabilizer
  • Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP Steering Stabilizer/Damper
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.5″ lift dual rate spring kit
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.5 VS remote reservoir shocks
  • Mopar Gen-4 upgraded heavy-duty steering box (Mopar Part # 68170214AA)
  • Mopar Gen-3 updated steering linkage
  • Thuren Fabrication sway bar end links
  • Thuren Fabrication track bar

Rear Suspension

  • Deaver Suspension custom-built rear leaf-spring pack with original Dodge overload springs
  • Hellwig Big Wig rear sway bar
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics 4.5-inch 2.5 VS remote reservoir shocks

XPCamper XPV1 Camper – Build #24 Completed May 2015

We had originally ordered a brand-new camper. When it became obvious XPCamper would not be able to complete our new camper by the date needed we cancelled our order and purchased a used camper from the original owner. XPCamper built and installed the aluminum flatbed (truck tray) on our truck. Though the camper was used it was in great condition. The camper is removable and the flatbed can be used by itself. In the time we’ve owned the camper we’ve made numerous upgrades to the camper. These upgrades are listed separately after the standard features.

Factory XPCamper Standard Features:

  • Body Construction
  • Composite storage and access doors with all matching key locks
  • Monocoque foam core reinforced with carbon fiber

Bathroom

  • Fan – MaxxFan 2-way variable speed reversing fan to vent bathroom and cabin
  • LED overhead light
  • Retractable clothing line
  • Shower faucet – stainless steel, single handle with ceramic valve
  • Shower curtain on collapsible hanger
  • Teak floor grate
  • Toilet – Thetford cassette with separate water storage for flush
  • Toilet paper holder (waterproof)

Bed Area

  • Bed – Froli European spring mattress system
  • Bed – high-grade foam and Sunbrella fabric on mattress
  • Front storage area behind tent in front nose of camper
  • LED gooseneck reading light in bed area
  • Storage pockets above bed
  • Storage under bed with custom storage bags

Interior Finishes

  • Cabinet hardware (push button, positive locking hardware)
  • Easy to clean marine grade headliner with storage pockets on three sides
  • Mahogany wood trim
  • Vinyl marine teak and ebony floor with real teak trim

Kitchen

  • Cabinet – overhead with LED under-cabinet lights
  • Cabinet – large compartment under sink
  • Cooktop – Webasto Diesel Cooker X100 Cooktop
  • Countertop – fiberglass with water-catch edging
  • Drawer – silverware, over fridge on ball bearings with push lock
  • Fan – MaxxFan 2-way variable speed reversing fan over galley
  • Fridge/Freezer – Dometic 4.3 cu.ft. (1301) 12v/120v compressor marine
  • Faucet – stainless steel, single handle with ceramic valve, hands-free, electric-operated water delivery system
  • Sink – stainless steel, flush-mounted
  • Stainless steel hardware used throughout the cabin
  • Paper towel holder under the table leaf
  • Towel holders by entry door and in front below the sink

Lift Mechanism

  • Hydraulic system, 12 volt electrically operated with remote control and manual override

Lighting

  • LED lights (3) overhead in main cabin
  • LED strip lighting under cabinet in kitchen area
  • LED light below seating area
  • LED reading light in bed area
  • LED outside lighting at top of ladder stairs
  • LED light in rear storage area
  • LED lights in electrical and water bays

Main Cabin

  • Cubby hole storage at entry way for shoes
  • Dometic awning, self-supporting, with remote-controlled LED lighting
  • Fire Extinguisher – Located in recessed holder at entry way above shoe cubby area
  • Heater outlets in main cabin (3)
  • Heater outlet in under-floor storage area (1)
  • LED ceiling-mounted lights (2)
  • Marine hardware for all hinges and latches
  • Seats – cushions with high-grade foam, Sunbrella fabric
  • Table – adjustable height with drop down leaf – converts to bed using seat cushions
  • Webasto Dual Top Evo 6 diesel cabin heater and water heater combo system with internal 11L hot water tank

Power Systems

  • Three (3) solar panels at 160 watts each (480 watts total) w/30 amp GoPower controller
  • Batteries (4) Lifeline AGM 300 amp hour 6V for total of 600 amp hours at 12 volts (batteries replaced March 2021)
  • Marine-grade wires and connectors with ID tags
  • Blue Sea Systems Marine Breaker 360 Circuit/Switch system with main shut off switch
  • Blue Sea Automatic Charge Relay, controls charging of camper batteries from truck alternator
  • 120 volt (2) outlets (kitchen and dinette)
  • 12 volt (2) outlets plug (kitchen and dinette)
  • USB (2) outlets (kitchen and dinette)
  • 110 volt/USB/12 volt outlets in outside rear storage compartment
  • Magnum MS1200-Series 2,000 watt, 12 volts DC Pure Sine Inverter/Charger with remote control unit
  • 30 amp SmartPlug shore power inlet with cable

Storage Areas

  • Storage under the floor, heated
  • Storage under the bed
  • Upper kitchen cabinet storage (2)
  • Lower kitchen cabinet storage, (3) shelves, area heated
  • Storage under the passenger side seat (driver side holds the Webasto heater/water heater)
  • Storage between bath and bed (2)
  • Exterior rear storage (large enough for chairs, table, grill, etc.), locking
  • Diesel/oil storage compartment vented to the outside, locking
  • Easy Access to cassette toilet and water through outside access panel, locking

Water Systems

  • 3M water filtration system, 0.2 micron
  • 75-gallon fresh water tank, gravity fill, heated when operating heater
  • 27-gallon grey water tank with 12v macerator pump and rollup hose for emptying
  • Heater ducts run near water tank and lines, preventing freezing in cold weather
  • Johnson water pump
  • Johnson sump pump
  • Stainless steel lockable water fill cap
  • Tank monitor system for fresh and grey water tanks
  • Webasto Dual Top diesel water/air heater

Windows

  • Insulated tent window coverings for cold weather camping
  • Windows – Dometic with built-in shades and mosquito netting
  • Rear large dual-pane window
  • Side large dual-pane window
  • Side small dual-pane windows, kitchen and door
  • Tent (3) windows with zippered clear vinyl and mosquito netting
  • Large Dometic skylight with mosquito netting and sunshade

Owner Upgrades Installed in XPCamper:

  • Added a ThermoPro Interior/exterior thermometer/humidity gauge
  • Added a Bullfinch outdoor shower
  • Added a Shurflo Water Pressure Accumulator
  • Added a SOG Toilet Cassette vent system
  • Added a fourth solar panel (190 watt) with deflector shield
  • Added a new Victron SmartSolar BMV-712 battery monitor (Bluetooth-enabled via smartphone app)
  • Added a new, Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100/50a controller to replace the old GoPower solar controller
  • Added a larger 8.7 gallon/33L diesel tank for the Webasto cooktop & heater to replace the original 2.6gal/10L tank
  • Added (2) Camco Aero-Flo Roof Vent Covers, allowing MaxxFans to stay open during rain & high winds
  • Added rear mudflaps (not included from XPCamper)
  • Added Ikea storage organizers in kitchen storage boxes
  • Added 2-inch memory foam egg-crate mattress pad
  • Installed Dri-Dek marine decking in all outside storage compartments
  • Installed the Victron battery monitor and an additional A/C outlet in the space that where the GoPower controller was previously mounted
  • Installed L-Track airline-style track system on two outside walls of camper for attaching clothes lines, lights, etc.
  • Replaced one of the original 160w solar panels with a new 170w panel
  • Rebuilt the slide-out aluminum folding stairs with thicker, stronger aluminum rails
  • Replaced the original vinyl seal between the top and bottom camper parts with an improved brush-seal

Extras included in the sale price:

  • Bonson Induction cooktop – portable for use inside or outside, fits in an under-the-sink secured storage area for traveling.
  • Instant Pot – 3-quart pressure cooker, fits in under-sink storage area
  • Leveling block assortment
  • Mosquito net and attachment system over the bed area
  • OEM-style tripod camper jacks (4)- allow the camper to be removed for storage if required
  • Screen door – custom made magnetic-closing main door screen, improvement over XPCamper design
  • Spare Dodge engine drive belt
  • Spare water pump – (currently configured as a transfer pump to fill camper using 5-gal water jugs)
  • Spare macerator pump for grey water
  • Spare Thetford toilet cassette
  • Spare SOG toilet cassette carbon filter
  • Truck tire chains, (1) pair, never used
  • Volcano Grill – collapsible grill with bag and cover, burns wood, charcoal or propane

Extras available at an additional TBD cost (not included in the sale price):

  • Mean Well PB-600-12 90 volt-264 volt 600 watt 12-volt Battery Charger (charge your 12 volt battery bank from 220 volts in South America)
  • Warn Industries Heavy Duty Epic Recovery/Rigging Kit (18,000 pound capacity snatch block, premium recovery strap, tree trunk protector, (2) 3/4-inch epic shackles, pair of gloves and black backpack)

Recent Service Work Performed (in the last month)

  • Air filter changed (Wix 49946)
  • Differential fluid change, front & rear (75w90 synthetic)
  • Engine drive belt inspected
  • Engine oil and filter changed (15w40 semi-synthetic)
  • Fuel filter changed (Baldwin PF7977)
  • Front brakes checked, 20 percent pads remaining
  • Front wheel bearings inspected
  • Rear brakes serviced, new rotors, pads and seals
  • Parking brake adjusted

Past Service Work Performed

  • Air conditioning compressor was replaced 3/20 at 151,000 miles
  • Carrier bearing and new driveline U-joints were installed and the driveline balanced in 10/18
  • Clutch replaced 11/8/18 at 122,828 miles
  • Truck batteries were both replaced 6/1/19
  • New battery cable between the two truck batteries replaced 8/21
  • Transmission fluid changed 10/9/18 at 120,112 miles
  • Four tires replaced 4/8/21 at 158,680 miles (they now have approx. 19,000 miles on them)
  • A valve adjustment was performed at a Cummins dealer on 1/7/19 at 124,300 miles, as well as replacing two high-pressure fuel injector lines (#4 & #5) with updated versions – these were known to have issues from the factory.
  • New fuel injectors were installed 9/13/19 at 143,278 miles.

Known Issues:

Passenger door window has two cracks, it was hit by a rock thrown up by a Trophy Truck in the Baja 1000 off-road race – this window is laminated safety glass like the windshield and poses no risk of breaking. The electric sliding rear window does not operate, I suspect a bad motor as it makes a grinding noise but the window doesn’t slide – It was like this when we purchased the truck, we have never seen a reason to open this window. The truck leaked water in the rear window area before we purchased it, causing rust on the seat mounts—I found and resolved the problem (clogged drains) and there is no longer an issue with leaking.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator, he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top. - KK7TCA

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  1. What wheels did you use to convert it to SRW? Are they all the same or did you put a SRW axle in it?

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