American Expedition Vehicles

Show of hands: How many of you remember the Dodge Prospector convenience package pickup, Ramcharger or van? If you do, you have a good memory. It's been about 30 years since the Prospector Package sat on a Dodge pickup but now it's back, thanks to the heavy-duty outfitters from American Expedition Vehicles. 

If the name AEV sounds familiar it's because this is the same company that birthed the profitable custom Jeep pickup conversion equipment that turns a relatively stock Jeep Wrangler into a rock-crawling AEV Brute Double Cab pickup. It has an almost limitless number of custom features like different engines, axles and frame strength.

Not content with beefing up Jeep products, AEV expanded into the full-size heavy-duty pickup segment with the Ram Prospector. The end result, depending on the options chosen, is a monstrously capable full-size off-roading adventure vehicle. Despite that, it feels pretty close to a stock Ram pickup when driven on city streets or highways.

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The combination of Cummins low-end torque, aggressive trail tires and huge ground clearance was almost unstoppable — and the view was amazing. We were literally looking down on the rooftops of passing Jeeps.

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It didn't take long to be thankful that AEV created huge approach and departure angles in this vehicle, especially when crawling over and around the boulders and rock shelves.

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