SURVEYOR 1 / 2013 RAM 2500HD
Every year the editors of ProPickup have built a truck targeting a segment within the different working environments of heavy construction and contracting (road/bridge building, site development, landscaping, etc).
When the build is done, it’s given it away the following year in a sweepstakes open to those who work in the construction trades.
2013 is no different.
This year we are taking a 2013 Ram 2500HD 4×4 Crew Cab, powered by the workhorse 6.7L Cummins, and setting it up to be the dream package for surveyors — or anyone who ventures into the woods and needs to be self-sufficient in the field.
BIG RED SWEEPSTAKES
Pulling power, load-carrying capability, passenger comfort, versatility and dependability wrapped up in a stylish package makes for a great combination when it comes to a pickup working in the construction, aggregates, landscaping and contracting trades.
It’s also a nice combination to have in a DOT, utility or municipality’s fleet.
A pickup becomes even more desirable when it has a fully functioning service body that can be transferred from truck to truck—or left on the jobsite or in the shop—when called upon to serve as a tow vehicle or other work/recreational needs.
Big Red, our sweepstakes project truck for 2012, …
When the road ends and the open country spreads out ahead, most people stop and turn around. Not so with our readers who pioneer roads and do initial survey work for gas pipelines and oil field wells.
They flip the 4WD switch, drop the trans into 4-Lo andkeep going to wherever the coordinates on the topo map lead.
The same is true for those who do oil and gas well service, run dozers and excavators, or supervise the early stages of road building and site prep. Driving over difficult terrain is just another day at the office.
That “No road? No problem!” attitude …
Bedrock. When a road or construction project is built on it one can be assured whatever is built above stands on firm footing.
So it is with putting together a good company pickup that has to serve the owner on multiple levels: Find a solid platform and add the right upgrades and it’ll serve you well for both work and family needs.
That’s the premise behind Project Bedrock — our 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Crew Cab 4×4; you’ll be able to use it for both work and recreation, company business and family matters.
GMC’s motto is “Professional Grade.” We’re taking it …
We’re customizing the coolest construction truck ever, using a 2010 Ram 2500 4×4 Crew Cab diesel as our base model…
If you could design your dream truck, from scratch, what would it look like? How would you modify the stock model, and what would you add to it to make it the ultimate construction contractors’ truck?
That’s the task we’ve set for ourselves with our Project Big Boss.
During the next eight months we’re going to turn an already fine diesel pickup, the new Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4×4 diesel, into a ride any construction company boss would …