Price Drop: Aaron Wirth’s Ram 3500-Lance 825 SEMA Rig ($118,500)

I am selling my 2017 Ram-Lance SEMA rig due to unforeseen life changes. The rig, which consists of a Ram 3500 equipped with a custom flatbed and 37-inch tires and a Lance 825 camper, was featured in Truck Camper Adventure. The rig took me over 10 months to build with countless partners involved to make it the way I wanted it. I am looking to work with a buyer and pass this incredible rig on to someone who will appreciate it as much as I do. For starters I am the only owner and really the only person who has driven this truck. It has a clean title and has never been in an accident. I have all service records in hand with 80 percent done by the Dealership in Eugene, Oregon.

Everything that has been done to this rig has a stamp of approval from the engineers I worked with to create this vehicle. Other than the rear bumper, the entire flatbed is made out of aluminum. We engineered the flatbed and camper attachments to move independently, so they would not put stress on the flatbed or camper.

A lot of people said that my build was something that they dream about doing. One of my favorite comments came from a guy who called my rig a ‘sweet, low-budget EarthRoamer.’ So far, all of the feedback I’ve received has been very positive. Everyone wants more storage with a slide-in truck camper and there’s no point in having a pickup bed if you’re full-timing it.

One neat thing about my rig is that both the truck and camper were designed to be used separately. The reason for the separation is that I wanted to be able to take the camper off and have a truck that still has a refrigerator, still has a lot of the gear I need because we’ll unload the camper and take off in the truck to get back to even more remote places. I did a lot of kayaking and mountain biking, so we used the truck as a shuttle rig for our gear and stuff. Having a truck that can do that came in real handy.

2016 Ram 3500

Every great build starts with a great truck. I elected to go with a one-ton 4×4 truck chassis, a 2016 Ram 3500 powered by the Cummins 6.7L turbo diesel and the AISIN heavy-duty 6-speed transmission. Unlike the plush, high-end Ford truck chassis used in every EarthRoamer, however, I opted to go with a basic Tradesman work truck chassis to help keep the weight down. While going with the Tradesman chassis was the right move, the choice still came with some challenges. The biggest at the time was the lack of aftermarket parts to support the build. This meant I had to create a lot of the custom flat-bed brackets and do a lot of the creation and engineering myself in my welding shop. The newness of the chassis at the time probably had a lot to do with the lack of aftermarket parts.

  • Base Chassis: 2016 Ram 3500 Chassis Tradesman Crew Cab 60-inch CA 4×4
  • Diesel Engine: 6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel (full DEF delete with Tuner mounted in dash)
  • Mileage: Only 60,500 miles
  • Transmission: AISIN Heavy Duty 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Fuel: 50 gallon diesel tank, 10-13 mpg average
  • Gearing: Nitro gear re gear to 4.56 Nitro with differential covers
  • Suspension: AEV 3 inch lift Icon Shocks 2.5 remote reservoir with adjustable dampening, Hellwig rear sway bar Hellwig bigwig air bags with air controller in cab
  • Wheels: AEV Salta HD Wheels X 5 FALKEN Wild peak AT3W 37×12.50 17×5 Tires are at 80 percent tread life.
  • Towing: Trailer brake controller, heavy duty receiver, Smart Diesel exhaust break, Rear back up camera is mounted in bumper with direct view of hitch
  • Air intake: AEV snorkel with aftermarket cleanable filter
  • Batteries: Two Group 31 deep cycle under hood
  • Interior: Custom-built, heavy-duty rear seat delete with built in storage  (Rear seats can be put back in) Expedition Essentials dash board mount, All interior lighting has been switched to LED
  • Armor: AEV HD Ram front bumper Warn 16.5ti with brand new synthetic rope and new fairlead, Custom built rear bumper with step. Transfer Case Skid Plate, Bushwacker front fender flares, Bushwacker rocker panel armor, Custom made front and rear mud flaps, Amp research power steps
  • Lighting: (Front bumper) PIAA Spot lights PIAA 17-inch yellow fog light, PIAA LED head lights (PIAA flood lights mounted on sides of flatbed) (Rear bumper has 2 PIAA flood lights)
  • Other: Weathertech window deflectors, upgraded PIAA horn
  • Overall Length: 269 inches
  • Overall Width: 79.4 inches
  • Turning Radius: 26.5
  • Wheelbase: 169 inches

Custom Flatbed Build

  • Energy suspension between truck frame and flatbed
  • Custom working springs that hold camper to flatbed
  • Full-size, 37-inch spare located on passenger side
  • Nine very large exterior compartments with led lights and adjustable shelving
  • Zamp solar 150 watt portable solar panel included with 30 foot extension
  • Rotopax 3 gallon diesel mounted in compartment
  • Onboard air compressor with 3 gallon tank also powers rear air bags and controller is in cab.
  • Passenger side lower compartment is made to hold Dometic 40L fridge
  • Adjustable shelving in all cabinets
  • PIAA flood lights on driver and passenger side
  • Rear back up camera relocated to bumper directly over tow hitch

2017 Lance 825 Short-Bed Camper

Functionality aside, the heart and soul of my rig is the Lance 825 truck camper. When it comes to building an adventure rig, you want a truck camper that is light, narrow, and has a low profile. That’s why I elected to go with the Lance 825 for his build. The dry weight of this aluminum-framed, short-bed truck camper is only 1,832 pounds, making it ideal for most 3/4-ton and some half-ton pickup trucks. The camper’s dimensions for getting off pavement are ideal, too, with a width of just 7 feet 1 inches and an exterior height of only 8 feet. But don’t let these dimensions fool you. The interior of the 825 is surprisingly spacious with an interior floor length of 8 feet 6 inches and an interior height of 7 feet 7 inches. Even the cabover height is surprisingly generous at 2 feet 9 inches.

  • Queen size bed with custom mattress
  • Entry stairs are manual off bumper
  • Passenger Awning is electrically operated with wind sensor
  • Rear awing is manually operated
  • Internal and external shower
  • 14 gallons black water
  • 30 gallons fresh water
  • 6 gallon hot water heater
  • 25 gallons Grey Water
  • Dinette table for four that converts into a second bed
  • Two adjustable speed fans recessed into ceiling
  • LED interior lights
  • 360 degree LED exterior scene lights
  • Two 100 Amp hour AGM batteries
  • Three 100 watt solar panels
  • 1,500 watt inverter charger with shore power charge port
  • Roof rack
  • 1,200 BTU furnace
  • Custom pop out cutting board
  • All cabinets have been modified for more storage
  • Rear driving camera on top of camper

The rig is located in Bend, Oregon. I am currently in the process of removing the majority of the vinyl branding off the exterior of this build. I am open to just selling the truck for around $105,000. I am willing to upgrade or change things to meet new buyer’s wants and needs and will charge a very fare rate for this work to be done. Note that the rig is seven years old and has some cosmetic scratches and slight fading from the sun.

Contact Aaron at either (541) 238-8400 x 1 or via email at to obtain more information or to schedule a showing.

About Mello Mike 889 Articles
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 (KK7TCA), he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, 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.

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