#815 RAM 1500 Build & Adventures

I previously had a built Jeep and just used a JeepSleep when camping, but with our family growing I decided to change it up and do more mellow camping trips rather than so much rock crawling. I decided a full size truck with a GFC fit the bill. The truck is a 2020 RAM 1500 bighorn with both the sport and off road packages. So far I have added a Addictive Desert Design front bumper and a Trigger4+ switch panel. I also got rid of the ridiculous chrome 20s it came with and went with a stock 18 that I powdercoated black as well as some 33” Duratracs.

I was originally GFC spot #1341, but found #815 for sale brand new and still at GFC. He had ordered the exact setup I wanted so it was a perfect deal.

It is an XL with a grey frame, black panels, tent side doors, and a window on the back door. I added the wind skid, a ladder, and a set of beef racks.

Drove over from Bend Oregon November 5th and it was installed Nov 6th. I installed the racks and wind skid in the parking lot before I headed out.

Took a few days to work my way home with my first night in the camper just outside of Stanley ID. It was a cool 18 degrees when I woke up but I slept great and had zero condensation with the two smaller windows open.

My goal with this camper is to have a good setup for trips with my family (wife and 10 month old), and also a remote workspace to get me out of the house a few times a week. So far I have been really impressed with the versatility of the camper and have had some great views working already.

I hope to get things all dialed in once I get a decent feel for things and what makes sense for my needs.

Thanks for following along!
Josh

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I plan to have limited electronics tied directly into the truck, and really have no need for extra lighting etc, but when I ordered my front bumper it was only available with a cutout for a 40" light bar. It looked weird with the empty hole so I ordered a Rough Country Black Series mostly for looks but also figured more light wont hurt!.

While I had the bumper off for light install I also cut off the factory frame brackets that held on the electronically controlled air dam since that was long gone.

I originally just used my factory fog circuit to trigger the relay, but quickly learned that when going under 30mph the truck activates the fog light the direction you are turning to help light through the turn. It was quite a surprise when every time I turned left the 20,000 lumen light bar came on! So needless to say I needed a better solution and ended up going with a Trigger 4+ to handle my electronic needs. It has a RF remote that you can have in the cab, as well as a bluetooth app, and also buttons on the unit itself. You can wire it to the ignition circuit (which I did using a fuse tap), or you can go always on which makes it so you can turn on lighting even when the truck is off. This seemed like a cool way to turn on area lights if needed from inside the camper. Super simple install to the fuse box cover.

For the switch panel I just stuck it with velcro into my sunglasses holder.

This system seems like a good setup for my needs as I think I’ll wire my ARB Compressor into it (with a relay), and also some area lights on the camper in the future, and that is about it. I really wanted an under hood solution and the Trigger was one of the cheapest in that category.

Do those Trigger products work for all males and models? I saw on their website it seemed to just be for Jeeps

Thanks

Yeah it is not Jeep specific just marketed that way. I think they were originally a side by side product. Any 12v system works. I have been overall impressed with the quality, but I will say the remote switch feels really cheap and low quality.

Did a quick single night trip around Central Oregon. Love how easy the GFC makes it to get out.

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