I am wanting a new Ram but since I’m spending over $60k for a Gas 2500 I want it to have what I’ll use but not the crap I won’t be using. So I built my ideal 2500 in a Big Horn and a Laramie but nowhere in the country does these particular trucks exist. I am considering a Laramie vs Big Horn. Here are the builds I would want.
Now if I order it today they said it “should be” ready in 23-26 weeks.. DANG! That’s a long time. So I either have to sacrifice something that I want for something that is available or just drive the beater for almost 7months which would be August 2022 by the time I get my truck if I order in Jan. Now it “may” exist somewhere in the country but the silly Ram Truck Build Search only will go out 250miles from my zip code. I was told I can go to a dealership and talk to them and they have the ability to do a nationwide search. I attempted to work with a salesman from Al Serra in Grand Blanc but after an email he stopped responding completely so trying another dealership. I feel Al Serra is just too big of a dealership to care. For them its about quantity of sales not quality. Still need to compare the differences but for now let’s talk about the options I selected.
- ESB:6.4L V8 Heavy Duty HEMI® MDS Engine [Standard]
- DFX:8-Speed Automatic 8HP75-LCV Transmission [Standard]
- GVW Rating – 10,000 Pounds [Standard]
- DSA:Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle [$495]
- DME:3.73 Axle Ratio [Standard]
- BAJ:220-Amp Alternator [$145]
- XEA:Tow Hooks [$100]
- Bed Utility Group [$845]
- A83:Level C Equipment Group [$4,195]
- ASH:Night Edition [$2,895]
- ARC:Off-Road Package [$495]
- AD6:Premium Lighting Group [$795]
- AM8:RamBox Utility Group [$295]
- AD2:Snow Chief Group [$905]
RAM BOX Utility Group [$295]
So when I brought up that I want the Ram Box on my truck, people thought it was stupid. How I look at it is that its a great place to store items like tow ropes, tools and anything else since you don’t have many places to put those things in a truck. It utilizes the space in the bed of the truck that really doesn’t get used which is in front and behind the wheel well in the bed of the truck. This is typically when you get a load of dirt or rocks in your bed its where the extras get stuck and its a pain to get out. With the Ram Box you have a box (no hidden corners for dirt or rocks to hide). I also get the comment, but you won’t be able to haul your four wheeler. As the pic below shows, you can fit a four wheeler in the bed still since the space between the wheel wells is still usable space.
Standard Headlights vs. Premium Headlights
This is sorta confusing since I really couldn’t find much about the differences anywhere on the internet. So not sure you can tell the difference but here is what I can see Premium Headlights
- PW7:Monotone Exterior Colors:Bright White Clear-Coat Exterior Paint [$0]
- MM8:Stripes & Decals: Decal Delete [$0]
- Lighting:Clearance Lamps [$95]
- ANT:Lighting:LED Bed Lighting [$165]
- LNJ:Lighting:Front Fog Lamps [$195]
- LPD:Lighting:Center Stop Lamp with Cargo-View Camera [$345]
- WF3:Wheels:20-Inch x 8.0-Inch Black Painted Alum Wheels [$0]
- Tires:LT275/70R18E OWL On/Off-Road Tires [$295]
- Tires:LT285/60R20E OWL On/Off-Road Tires [$0]
- XB9:Pickup Box Features:RamBox® Cargo Management System [$945]
- CS7:Tonneau Covers:Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover [$695]
- XMF:Bedliners:Spray-In Bedliner by Mopar® [$600]
- APA:Additional Exterior Features:Monotone Paint [Standard]
- MWH:Additional Exterior Features:Rear Wheelhouse Liners [$195]
- *MJ:Five-Passenger Seating:Premium Cloth Bucket Seats [$295]
- UBL:Entertainment:Uconnect® 5 Nav with 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display [$795]
- RC3:Speaker Systems:9 Alpine® Speakers with Subwoofer [$595]
- GFA:Windows & Locks:Rear Window Defroster [$195]
- LHL:Additional Interior Features:Instrument Panel Mounted Auxiliary Switches [$145]
- JKV:Additional Interior Features:115-Volt Auxiliary Front Power-Outlet [$210]
- LSA:Safety & Security Systems:Security Alarm [$195]
- XBM:Safety & Security Systems:Remote-Start System [$295]
- XAG:Safety & Security Systems:ParkSense® Front and Rear Park-Assist System [$395]
RAM ORDER PROCESS AT THE FACTORY
BB: Review by fleet department, the order is now being processed.
BD: Special equipment processing. This is where things like snow plow prep etc get checked. Special items.
BE: Edit error
BG: Passed edit n/a for schedule. This is where the order can sit and wait for things like low volume paint where there needs to be x number or similar orders
BGL: Edit ok parts unavailable
BX: Passed edit available for schedule
C: Sub firm – Tentative schedule Now the factory knows about the order. The plant can see the order at this point but it’s not fully committed to building as the supplier may or may not be able to get parts to the plant to build the truck. I am not sure of all the details on this state yet so I can’t comment further.
D: Firm schedule – dealer has allocation and all parts available. Your order now has a name instead of a number: A VIN! Materials should have been ordered by this point if all goes well.
D1: Gateline schedule – scheduled to be built. The date is set for your truck to be built. The plant knows when it should have parts sequenced for building and it should start to be built within 48 hours of the date set.
E: Frame – Metal is welded together to form the body and frame. The body is inspected at the end of this step to ensure it’s within tolerances.
F: Paint – The metal is coated, primed, sprayed, clear-coated, polished, inspected, and hand finished if necessary.
G: Trim – The engine is installed in the chassis, the interior is installed, the chassis is mated to the body, the bed is put on. At the end of this, your truck is built.
I: Built not ok’d – Your truck goes through a battery of shakedown tests and measurements are taken to ensure the vehicle looks and performs as expected.
J: Built ok’d
JB: Shipped to Upfit Center – The vehicle is sent off site to have a spray liner put in, steps, etc.
JE: Emission check
JS: Shipped to storage – Some of you call this “Prison”. I like to think of it as QA trying to ensure you get what you expected. Typically if something happens or is found in the I step (or even a previous step), it goes here to get checked and fixed. A panel looks off color, a part on your truck was in the same batch as a bunch of failed parts, a light doesn’t turn on, etc will all cause the truck to get sent here for a detailed inspection and fix. Another reason it can end up here is either the dealer has asked to have the trucked delayed (it has a full lot and can only handle so many) or it has a special event coming up. Typically that isn’t done on a sold order. It can also end up here at the start of a model year where production is ramping up but the vehicle has not be released (or certified) for shipment. Nobody likes the vehicle to be in this status as you don’t get your truck and Chrysler doesn’t make money.
KZL: Released – not shipped
KZM: First rail departure
KZN: First rail arrival
KZOA: Plant holds
KZOB: Zone/distribution holds
KZOC: Carrier delays
KZOD: Carrier holds
KZOE: Mis-shipped vehicle
KZOF: Show/test vehicle
KZOG: Damaged vehicle
KZOH: All other reasons
KZT: Second rail departure
KZU: Second rail arrival
KZX: Delivered to dealer – only one that you really care about as that means it was delivered to the dealer.
ZA: Canceled, the dealer or you have canceled the order