7/29/16 – 9/18/16

2013 Dodge Ram 5500 Tradesman SLT

6.7 Cummins

Automatic Transmission

Crew Cab

Custom Flat Bed

Rod Elliot

from Idaho Falls, Idaho


It’s no secret the Dodge Ram 5500 is a brute. In 2013, the 5500 was outfitted with a new high-strength frame, new cooling system, and updated Aisin Transmission and T-case, pushing the maximum towing capacity to a staggering 29,600 pounds. It’s easy to understand why we chose this platform for our “working class” giveaway.

When what is now dubbed “The Workhorse” showed up at the Sparks Motors compound, it was white, stock, and blah. First things first… the white paint had to go. Instead, a fresh coat of metallic black was laid down to pair with the Bradford Built flatbed.

Thanks to Motorsport Tech, we ditched the dual rear tires for super singles, using custom-made wheel adapters. Based on load specs, we knew we wanted to run the Continental MPT 81 Tires and we wanted to run it in a 41″ (335/80R20) wrapped around custom-made 20″ American Force wheels. To fit these tires, we needed to get this truck up off the ground. To do this, we took a Rough Country 5″ Long Arm kit originally designed for a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500, customized the brackets to fit the 5500 and in the process gained another 2″ of lift bringing the total to 7″ over stock.


An S&B Cold Air Intake was added to help the engine breathe and combat the nearly 10″ taller tires. To monitor all systems on the go for stress free long hauls, an Edge Performance Products “Insight” was placed just above the instrument panel. A FASS Fuel Pump, Filter and Water Separator replaced the weaker stock pump and filters, promising fuel supply on demand.

We know that long hauls often involve traveling through the night so it was a no brainer when we swapped out the stock headlights in favor of a clean pair of Go Recon stock replacement headlights. To compliment the fresh new lights we needed a new grille. Motorsport Manufacturing came through in typical fashion with this one-off custom grille featuring the Diesel Power Bearded Skull emblem. All this sits safely behind the overkill ADD (Addictive Desert Designs) front bumper.


The Bradford Built flatbed is nearly 12 feet long and 8 feet wide, but just incase that wasn’t enough cargo space we decided to throw in this LoadMax Low Pro Gooseneck Trailer with a custom 40′ Steel deck.

All these features add up to to create the ultimate truck for the working class. This is one giveaway you don’t want to miss out on.