Intriguing Prospect: The Dodge Ram ‘Prospector’ From American Expedition Vehicles

It’s become quite a rare occurrence these days to hear of anyone literally striking gold – so rare, in fact, that were searching for the rare metal the only practical application for the Dodge Ram “Prospector” from American Expedition Vehicles, the aftermarket retrofitter would almost certainly go belly-up posthaste.

Thankfully, the “Prospector” name in this context doesn’t necessarily denote the truck’s sole occupation; rather, it does a bang-up job of conveying the modified Dodge Ram’s overall persona: rugged, purposeful, and unafraid of getting dirty, drenched, or otherwise enveloped by the elements.

Autoweek reports that the new Dodge Ram Prospecting package from AEV is available for either the 2500 or 3500 heavy duty pickups, and if you should ever find yourself fording a river, it’s probably the equipment package that you want. The air intake has been raised substantially to avoid sucking in water, for one thing, and the truck rides on AEV’s DualSport suspension. That allows for better off-road capability and greater wheel travel, while sparing comfort and on-road civility. It also means the Dodge Ram can run a more cushioned, high-profile tire.

A redesigned steel front bumper is also part of the AEV Prospecting package, fitted with integrated lighting and a 16,500 lb winch, says Autoweek. Inside the Dodge Ram Prospector, you’ll find a different gauge cluster, along with “Prospector” logos on the seat headrests, although special leather seating is available as an option. Also optional are a punchier 4.10 gear ratio, a truck bed organizer, and a few different wheel and side-step choices.

Pricing for American Expedition Vehicles’ Dodge Ram Prospector package starts at $13,925 – neither exorbitant, nor cheap, considering the scope of the upgrades. And hey; if you need the equipment, you need the equipment.

The Prospecting package’s more casual customers can surely find some way to justify the $49,000+ cost of the truck to their significant others.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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