Aggregates Manager

September 2013

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SURVEYOR 1: THE GOAL Surveyor 1 is a 2013 Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab 4x4 diesel. This Ram's fuel economy, load-carrying capacity, towing ability, crew comfort, versatility and dependability makes for a great combination when it comes to a pickup tasked for work in the construction, aggregates, landscaping and contracting trades. Our build goal is to go a few steps further and accessorize it to be the dream package for commercial surveyors — or anyone who ventures into the woods and needs to be self-sufficient in the field. If we do it right this superbly designed workhorse 2013 Ram 2500HD diesel will be an even more refined, versatile, efficient, powerful tool on and off the jobsite. Surveyor 1 will then be given away next April in a sweepstakes open to those who work in construction and related trades. (To register for the sweepstakes, go to: project-trucks/surveyor-1/sweepstakes-registration. We are proud to have Mobil Delvac as and Ram Commercial Truck onboard as the title sponsors. Surveyor 1's cloth interior with the 40-20-40 bench is both comfortable and practical. New dash layout is very user friendly. The big Ram Crew Cab will be ensured a long, healthy life running Mobil Delvac (http:// heavydutyengineoils_products. aspx) premium fluids and lubricants protecting the vitals. Of course, we couldn't build a great sweepstakes truck like Surveyor 1 without the help from the automotive aftermarket. Those supporters are listed at the end of the article. Check out their sites and premium products designed to last in the real working world. 2013 RAM 2500HD ROAD TEST But before we dive into upfitting Surveyor 1 with lift kits, heavy-duty bumpers, emergency lighting, bed cap and slide-out storage system, engine tuner and other upgrades, lets take a closer look at the stock truck. Our Crew Cab SLT is typical of what most work truck buyers would choose: It has the 6.7L Cummins and 6-speed automatic with 3.42 gears. The interior is cloth with Cummins high-output 6.7L delivers 800 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed automatic. Engine is a real stump puller. 40-20-40 bench front seats and one-piece folding bench in the rear. It's also sporting skid plates ($50 option) and powered/heated tow mirrors. We knew there would be plenty of upgrades, from tires and wheels to suspension lift and bumpers, so no need in getting factory options that would be pulled off down the road. Although we didn't go for the loaded version, the MSRP still came to $50,010. Ram has made a number of nice refinements to the HDs in the last couple years that really improve ride, handling, performance, fuel economy and cost of 2013 Ram HDs have a very robust cooling system with twin radiators and trans coolers. The charge-air-cooler is now located low on the cooling array. 18 PROPICKUP August 2013 PP0813_Surveyor 1 Intro Road Test.indd 18 7/11/13 11:15 AM

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