- Aug 1, 2018
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When the new Ram came out, I immediately sought to buy a Big Horn or Rebel - in Delmonico Red with the advanced safety features, 12" screen, 3.21 rear, and a night package (something not chromed-up, but with most internal comforts). A Rebel looked good to me, but they were not available in delmonico red, or with a 12" screen, safety package, or 3.21 rear. When the Rebel 12 came out, still no del red, safety features or higher highway mpg 3.21 rear. A 'night edition' (or something similar) was not available on any 2019 except Diamond Black. And the modern safety features were not available on any Big Horn. Befuddled, I finally stumbled on the Canada-only Sport trim, which was available with everything I wanted. But lo and behold, there was no way to Purchase a Canada Ram in the US (I tried Canada dealers, US border dealers, RAM NA and FCA... "no can do" was the answer everywhere. Even low mileage 'used' Canada Sports being sold in the US had warranty coverage issues. This was frustrating, since Montreal area dealers were just a stone's throw from Vermont. Alas, after a year of effort, I was relegated to wait for the 2020's to come-out, when the safety package might become available on Big Horns, and a new 'night package' was expected across the color spectrum. But then, the June super rebates hit, with +/- 30% price discounts available... so, I grabbed a fully optioned Laramie with the Sport appearance package, and decided I could easily modify it 'down' to the Canada Sport look I wanted (especially with the $20k I saved off the sticker). Attached are some pics of what I created. I call it the Ram 1500 Vermont Edition. I now have a truck with all the best luxuries and features available, but it looks ready to go on a fishing trip, vs just being a suburban boulevard cruiser. I basically only had to black-out the badges, paint the exhaust tips and running boards, and put on some 18" Mopar wheels with color-matched trim rings and A/T tires. I attached a 'before' pick as well.