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AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby 04Ram2500Hemi » Wed May 17, 2017 10:36 am

Only 10 to be offered. Kind of interesting: https://www.aev-conversions.com/vehicles/tray-bed

Limited Edition. Unlimited Adventure.

The Prospector XL Tray Bed concept started out as a personal project of AEV's President, Dave Harriton, which later evolved into one of the most talked about vehicles ever built by AEV. The original Prospector XL Tray Bed concept vehicle was first shown at the 2013 SEMA Show and has since traversed thousands of highway and off-highway miles all over North America. From the arid deserts of southern California to the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean, the Prospector XL Tray Bed proved that it was capable of taking on any adventure we threw at it.

Now, AEV Special Operations (AEVSO) is recreating 10 of these legendary vehicles and giving you the rare opportunity to own a piece of AEV history! Based on the Ram 2500 Regular Cab / Long Bed platform, the Prospector XL Tray Bed shares many of the same components as the original AEV concept vehicle, with the addition of some very unique upgrades, to transform this Prospector XL into a one-of-a-kind off-road adventure vehicle that is up for any challenge.

With its lightweight aluminum Tray Bed, heavy duty stamped steel Front Bumper, custom fabricated Rear Bumper, 3" DualSport SC Suspension System, aggressively wide stance and massive 41” tall tires, the Prospector XL Tray Bed is designed specifically for overland adventure travelers and recreational explorers who require an extremely capable full-size truck that also has the ability to tow heavy loads and carry a substantial amount of gear or even large adventure motorcycles. The Prospector XL Tray Bed is also the ideal platform for customers who wish to build the ultimate overland adventure vehicle by adding a bed mounted camper - the possibilities are endless! The Prospector XL Tray Bed is designed with maximum versatility in mind, while offering the same unsurpassed off-road capability and exceptional driving characteristics on the road that you have come to expect from any AEV-built vehicle.

Remember, AEVSO will only be producing 10 of these vehicles and they will be available on a first come, first served basis!
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby Reloaderguy » Wed May 17, 2017 4:46 pm

$38k plus base vehicle. That's pretty sweet, $75K for a base trim truck with a spacer lift and stamped bumper.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby 04Ram2500Hemi » Wed May 17, 2017 8:24 pm

I know that the vast majority of folks here don't like the AEV lift design, but if you can put that and the price aside, a single cab flatbed on 40's looks sharp!
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby Ducky's Dad » Wed May 17, 2017 8:46 pm

a single cab flatbed on 40's looks sharp!

Should be a big hit at the mall!
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby Reloaderguy » Wed May 17, 2017 9:26 pm

04Ram2500Hemi wrote:I know that the vast majority of folks here don't like the AEV lift design, but if you can put that and the price aside, a single cab flatbed on 40's looks sharp!


I guess if looks are all that matters. You're going to need 40's to make up for the ground clearance you lose with the AEV bumper. May as well run 37's and keep the stock PW bumper.

Wake me up when the innovation starts.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby nts007 » Thu May 18, 2017 7:36 am

Alum bed is a horrible idea. Especially a flat deck. Has anyone seen the bed of a new f150 that gets used as a work truck? Holes and tears after a year. Bedliner is the only saving grace. There are much better flat decks out there. For half the cost you could have your flat deck pw on 37's with a real suspension. Single cab flat deck on 40's isn't rocket science. I see a ton of 4500s and 5500s done exactly like that. Pull off the duals. Slap on some wide 40's with some special brand AEV hockey pucks for lift and carry on lol
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby MSCH2112 » Thu May 18, 2017 3:31 pm

looks way ccol. however what a pia using the flat tray to store materials and stuff. way tough to stack. plus the pics of motorcycles would be pain to load and unload. not a workerman's truck for sure.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby MikeKey » Thu May 18, 2017 3:43 pm

No it's for rich guys who drive McClarens and have BMW adventure bikes. These guys have more cash than you and can afford to look cool. Becuase it's all about appearances here with these trucks. They look badass.

The people who buy these don't care about things like practicality and functionality in practice.

None of you are white collar bro's, so of course, you won't understand that. :thppt:
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby TwinStick » Thu May 18, 2017 7:27 pm

We must all have the same gene in us, as Power Wagon owners. We all like function over looks, but that being said, I think we all feel that pure function is also great looks. Such is the case for: older Uni-Mogs (1980's & older), The A-10 ThunderBolt---aka WartHog, The Bell UH-1---aka Huey, etc...., etc... . :lol:
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby nts007 » Thu May 18, 2017 7:30 pm

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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby Limamikemike » Thu May 18, 2017 7:53 pm

I question as to why they used the 2500 platform instead of the 3500 platform if it's supposed to be capable of putting a camper in its flatbed.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby Reloaderguy » Thu May 18, 2017 11:03 pm

Limamikemike wrote:I question as to why they used the 2500 platform instead of the 3500 platform if it's supposed to be capable of putting a camper in its flatbed.


Bro, 3500's ride rough and that'd wrinkle your work pants. AEV work pants
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby MikeKey » Fri May 19, 2017 11:35 am

Everyone who was in Moab got to see how AEV performs. We also measured the bumper, which is TALLER than the factory bumper. So there goes the better approach nonsense. Switching to those springs, even on 37's doesn't help flex.

AEV looks cool, but if you don't have a diesel, you're ruining the performance of your PW. It just won't have the same downward suspension travel.

Suspension compromised.

Approach compromised.

End of debate.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby DamageWagon » Fri May 19, 2017 12:35 pm

Regular cab flatbed is amazing. I almost went that route until I found the PW platform. But put it on 40's and lift it, no way you're using the bed. I walked by the AEV booth to see their new 1500 nonsense and the flatbed height on their rig was at my chin (I'm 6'1"). Stupid. Useless.

AEV might be shooting itself on the foot with these newer packages. People might actually catch on that they aren't for performance [emoji33]
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby nts007 » Fri May 19, 2017 10:15 pm

You give people too much credit pertaining to their intelligence.

Now reg cab flat bed.....hmmm I could do that....
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby RustyPW » Mon May 22, 2017 8:50 pm

Bend me over for the price of this thing. :shock: I like the idea of it. RC flat bed on 40's. But not how they did it.
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Re: AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition

Postby MSCH2112 » Wed May 24, 2017 12:33 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:
Limamikemike wrote:I question as to why they used the 2500 platform instead of the 3500 platform if it's supposed to be capable of putting a camper in its flatbed.


Bro, 3500's ride rough and that'd wrinkle your work pants. AEV work pants


you mean my work pants are really worth that much? wow. i could be paid to wear new jeans and sell them in that condition.

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