2018 MegaCab Longhorn 3500 Ram, and NEWS from SCD

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: 2018 MegaCab Longhorn 3500 Ram, and NEWS from SCD Reply with quote

Hello Friends,

If any of you have been following my travels with my new Mega Land Yacht 23' Bushtracker, talked about in the Category WHAT SIZE OR TYPE OF BUSHTRACKER, then you will know I ordered a larger Dual Rear Wheel (DRW) 3500 Ram. Well it is here, and I am driving it, now with 700 kms on it. I have to say this is the best Ram I have ever owned and it drives tight like a car and very comfortable. My Wife Leslie has a bad back, on all sorts of treatments trying to avoid surgery, and She thinks it is the best ever as well! That is big! SCD claims it is the highest specification Ram they have ever imported. It is the Longhorn model, with the same top of the line equipment as the "Limited" edition, you know folding power mirrors, sunroof, all the fancy stuff but also Air Bag over suspension in the rear for automatic or manual load leveling. This is THE most top of the line I have ever owned.

Why the DRW? Well with all the road armor ordered in front and rear bumpers and bars, and 15 ton Warn winch, and slid out with tool boxes and long range tanks (2) underneath and 200 litres more in a bed tank for 470 litres total, fridge freezer, and the rest, it will have a long ton of gear on board. That and my overly well equipped 23' Bushtracker you can read about in the Category above, with 400 kg ball weight and a long ton of gear, I am at the top load limit for SRW single rear tyres. Also I want the ability to hog the whole rig up rocky terrain off-road with 6x6 and DRW traction, in search of gold fossicking.

Note that: These are the extremes of both Bushtracker van and tow vehicle, and not necessary for the 99%.
For example: We have 600 AH Lithium batteries that can run air conditioning off the inverter all day in sunlight with (6) 150 watt solar panels, without a generator and 4 hours at night. Further I am expanding on that with a 240 amp alternator on the Cummins 6.7, which if you have been reading about it here can idle long term without consequences to run 100 amp DC to DC charging to the Lithiums, make a generator almost obsolete. More on this to come..

Anyway, my new 3500 MegaCab Longhorn is in and on the road. The canopy, road armour, second long range tank, bed slide out, all the rest will not be here for the next six weeks. Air Safe hitch is in place ready for more R&D.. You do not need this extreme of a rig... But I want to be able to crawl up extreme places in search of the motherlode of gold for fun, and nothing beats 6x6 and a DRW...



This is waaaay overkill for most Bushtracker Owners. You can see the air cooled finned rear diff, this truck is designed to tow 13 tons. It even has a break in period for that diff. You can also see the Air Bag suspension over the springs if you look closely. This is a bit extreme, but not for what I want to do, and the load I want to carry. I will put more pictures on as it gets equipped..




NOW BIG NEWS FOR SCD:

SCD are really happy with the performance of the Nissan Titan, and they have such great confidence in the Titan, they are no longer going to take any orders for the Dodge Ram. They are going to concentrate on the Nissan Titan until 2019 when they will start the prototype conversion for the new Dodge Ram Model that will be out here in Australia in 2020. I have put my hand up for that new Model, to star in the prototype conversion. I love this truck already, but I would not mind having the new Model on display at Bushtracker.

Unfortunately, only those that have orders in now for the Dodge Ram, are going to get one from SCD. Mine is so tight it drives like a car, it is the best ever, but unfortunately there are no more coming in from the absolutely best conversion Specialists, until possibly late next year for delivery in 2020.

That is sad if you want the best conversion, as now you are restricted to second hand to get an SCD Dodge Ram. I do not like the other conversions because of the extra steering arm and second steering box of the style of conversion done by the others. There is a Topic in this section where I show you the major difference..

For those interested, here is the Air Suspension on my new 3500 DRW Ram, it is pretty neat:



More to come on this Topic....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just broken in now at 800 kms and can start towing at low speed.. This is the first 2018 3500 MegaCab Longhorn in Australia that I know of.

As a matter of interest, there is an additional 800 km run in for towing, just on this massive rear differential, and I cannot go over 80 kph.. Shocked

But then again, this is rated to tow 15 imperial tons, 13 Metric Tonnes...
I have never seen big cooling fins on a Diff like this 2018.
What a great idea for top end towing capacity !!!




This 2018 Ram drives tight and neat, more like a car. Looks like a crouching tiger with the big DRW rear end. I am very pleased so far and will start the run in process on this big Diff this weekend. It is about a 20 ton diff, rated to tow 13 ton plus 6.38 ton GVM on the 3500, and smooth as a car to drive.
I think I am in love... Laughing



The Air Safe is mounted, my Road Armour Ranch Hand Bullbar and Ranch King rear bumper, and canopy and such will not be here for 8 weeks, but that is not stopping me... heh he...

I will have my first reports on the Air Safe in the R&D Category in the Topic there: R&D TESTS ON GEN-Y HITCH, AND NOW THE AIR SAFE HITCH



This may be the best ever for a Mega-Yacht larger overloaded 23' Bushtracker... 6 wheels driving, air over, and air suspension on the Bushtracker, gives me a lot of latitude with an Aisin transmission and the big Cummins.. Enjoy the reports, this is not a skite, but many Owners want to sort of follow the outer limits of R&D and what I am doing.. Certainly not necessary for most, but then again I am liable to go further off-road than most fossicking for gold.. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not say this lightly, now having run this truck in and done a 2,300 km trip up north towing my 23' Bushtracker, now 3500 kms on it: This IS the nicest best towing machine I have ever owned...

I loaded my van up to over 4000 kg, with 7 tanks full, just to see how it all would go. This truck is amazing, with the Aisin Transmission it shifts and downshifts like a manual only it is an automatic. I went over 2000 kms with all that van on the back, and it almost felt like I was driving a 200 Series Landcruiser towing nothing. This is THE machine, a bit overkill for most, but with a big van like my 23', it makes the job easy.

I think it is very unfortunate that SCD have elected to stop converting the Dodge Ram until the new model comes out, and are concentrating on the Nissan. No one else does such a good job, without adding another steering box and another steering arm, no one else does it this good. The engine bay is all original, I did my own first oil change before this trip at about 1000 km. I am "Old School" and I wanted to get the build grease and silicones, and fine sand from the castings of the build, out of the oil. Someone did an oil test on their Dodge Hellcat engine at 3000 kms, and the results made them wish they had done that Old School 500-1000 initial oil change as the traces of what I mentioned above were all in the oil. Anyway it made me feel good to do it, and with the original engine bay layout the oil change was quite easy.

Someone has ask me: "I can't get a Dodge Ram from SCD, who would you recommend is second place/" I did not have a good answer. They all do the standard second steering box and cross arm conversion. Further the biggest conversion group, the Walkinshaw people, do not offer a MegaCab, or Duallie, or anything above the basics of the Laramie. They will not bring in a "Limited" or this "Longhorn" and some do not even have the towing mirrors on.

Anyway, this IS THE BEST towing machine I have ever had. Lack of Driver Fatigue with such control and safety and comfort, made the 2000+ kms a breeze. For the second time I did a big day, Mooloolaba all the way to Mackay Marina in one hit, and went out to dinner, 11-12 hour run towing a BIG van... All I can tell you is maybe try and convince SCD the need is there for more of these top end tow vehicles...

The big air cooled 15 ton diff, and air suspension, and the dual rear wheels with big brakes, and the Aisin Transmission positive shifting, and Engine Brake, wow it is a sweet towing machine. I was passing normal "Caravaners" like I was running empty. I really would like to chrome this heavy duty rear diff.. Heh he.. Laughing Laughing And the Air Bag system over the springs works really well, self leveling. Next month the canopy, and the bed slide out, and the tool boxes, and two more fuel tanks, heavy duty bull bar and step bumper will go on. This will be one of the top Super Truck tow vehicles in Australia...

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