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      Phil Patterson
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      We decided to swap out our 16 Ram 3500 DRW for a far more capable 2023 Ram 5500 Laramie 4×4 60” C/A chassis cab (GVWR 19,500#)…I began the upgrade project by first fabricating a camper rear deck extension with folding Torklift stairs (to accommodate the additional 6” flatbed height), and by adding a skirted CM 94” flatbed atop the bed rails, along with aluminum side saddle cargo boxes, this all just in time for QZite 24!!

      Also, Many Thanks for the sage council provided by Jared Sund at StableCamper -Jared’s generous guidance provided me the necessary confidence I needed to make this transition a reality, and greatly helped me avoid a few of my (S.O.P.) amateur errors!!

      Phil P.

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      Phil Patterson
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      Here’s more, including the rear platform being mocked

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      Phil Patterson
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      Heres a ‘before’ pic:

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      Phil Patterson
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      As for the camper’s electrical system, over a time it has evolved to this:

      600a/h LiFePo4 batteries…
      660w rooftop solar (2 separate systems and controllers)…
      450w optional ground deployable panels (separate controller)…
      2000w (4500w surge for 5 sec) Pure sine pass-thru inverter/charger with sub-panel, hard-wired into camper electrical system…
      Wilson 5G cell booster…
      Added soft-start to 11k btu Coleman air conditioner…
      See-Level digital tank monitoring system – very accurate, non-fouling…

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