Disaster Response Coffee Truck (Part 1)
November 15, 2018
In September of 2017, during our response to Hurricane Irma, we learned that many of the First Responders did not go home at night. They work long days which not allow them to go home and they often crash at the station.
This got us thinking…while the First Responders are taking care of the community, who is taking care of their families? Often times their families are left to fend for themselves. This is where we come in! We “have their 6”.
Thanks to amazing sponsors, partners and companies who believe in our mission of service to those who serve, we are well on our way towards completing our Got Your Six Coffee Co Disaster Response/Coffee Truck.
You might ask, why a huge tricked out RAM? We wanted to go with a capable, reliable vehicle that is well supported with aftermarket parts to help us accomplish our mission.We want to build a tank that is unstoppable. Something that, in the face of danger, is ready to butt heads with the nasty tragedies that face our communities.
Our goal is to have a truck that when faced with a tragedy such as a tornado, hurricane, wildfires or even the loss of a first responder to the line of duty, we could respond. Our vision is to roll up on scene with our volunteers who will jump out and start giving out freshly roasted, award winning coffee to those affected by the tragedy. We want to show that we know you are dealing with tough times right now, here is a cup of coffee to bring back some resemblance of normalcy. While our volunteers are taking care of the community, GY6CC Command will be getting in touch with the first responders who are working tirelessly to restore the community. We want to ask a simple question: “Who is taking care of your families while you are focusing on taking care of the community?” We are Got Your Six Coffee Co and we have a team of volunteers ready to assist your family in any way that we can so that you can have peace at home in order to remain focused on your mission.
For this mission we have chosen a 2016 Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Diesel Mega Cab as our baseline to get the job done. This platform has equipped with a 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that puts out an impressive 385HP and a whopping 900ft-lbs torque. When you throw in a payload capacity of 2,030lbs and a towing capacity of of 15,540lbs we were confident that we found our partner for the job.
The first thing we did to the build was upgrade that air intake system with American Expedition Vehicles snorkel and a K&N airfilter. The great part about the AEV snorkel is that it gets the air intake for the truck out of the hot engine bay and it gets the intake up out of the way from dusty roads. The snorkel also doubles as a pre-filter due to the centrifugal affect of the industrial intake system. This helps to prolong the life of our Cummins Diesel.
The next upgrade was lockers added to the front and rear. We wanted to know that when we needed to put power down on the ground, that we had that capability regardless of whether we had traction or not. This is a great feature to have when we are going off-road in adverse conditions such as mud, snow, rain or extreme angles.
Whenever you are building a vehicle that is meant for off-road use one of the first things to consider is increasing the vehicles ground clearance. This allows for greater articulation and maneuverability. For us we chose AEV’s 3″ lift because unlike a lot of other lift kits AEV puts in EXTENSIVE engineering behind their products. In this case the lift is engineered to not only raise the vehicle, but it also maintains the stock steering geometry and factor springs. This is huge benefit because vehicle manufactures invest millions of dollars in the research and development of these systems. Why would you want to change that?
With the added ground clearance, now it was time to get the larger shoe on all four sides and in order for us to clear the massive 41″ IROK Super swampers from Interco Tires we also had to install AEV’s fender flares kit. It’s amazing to us at how much of a difference this made to the overall appearance of the truck. One of the great parts about Dave Harriton’s company is that he manufactures quality parts that are made to look as if the original manufacture designed the product themselves. What we love about the fender kit is that it accomplishes all of the functional aspects we needed but it retained the stock appearance and proportions. All too often we see trucks that are lifted with massive lifts of 7-14″ so that they can simply put 35″ tires. To us that just looks funny.
With the fenders installed the 41″ IROK’s look incredible on the truck. We know that there is not a situation out there that those IROK’s wont get us through… well, unless you are talking molten lava from a volcano but if that is the case then we are all screwed. With a large selection of aftermarket rims available, again, we went with AEV’s 17″ x 8.5″ Katla Wheel. Not only do we love the look of the rim but we also love some of the little features that set them apart from their competition. Little things things like the recessed valve stems, and the lifetime warranty.
With bigger shoes comes the necessity for a different gear set and thankfully Nuthouse Industries had our backs with a set of 4.30 gears. This brings us back to our stock fuel economy of 20+ MPG which ensure that we have the increased mission capability due to the increased fuel economy. To go along with that we have picked up a spare tire fuel system from Titan Fuel Tanks which adds an additional 30 gallons to our tank or an extra range of 600 miles. Thats the equivilant of driving from Springfield MO to Austin TX.
To round off the rest of the truck we mounted AEV’s front bumper to the truck with a Warn 16.5ti heavy duty winch so that we can go prepared. The bumper itself is designed to “take a moose to the front end and still drive away from the accident”. If that isn’t tough and rugged then I don’t know what is. The bumper itself is a work of art with build in Hi-Lift Jack safety points, functional skid plates, predrilled holes for light bars and it even incorporates tow points that are tied into the frame with a engineered safety features that wont allow you to use under-rated rigging equipment.
Thanks to Randy Ellis Designs they have started the process of armoring the truck and protecting it with custom rock rails that run the length of the rocker panel and extend past the cab of the truck with added protection and the functionality of a step.
Of course when it comes to response, sometimes there is a need to provide medical attention. Thankfully we find ourselves well equipped with MyMedics Recon Advanced Med Kit! Not only do they have a great product but they have an inspiring story as well.
We want to give a shout out to Waldo’s Automotive and Enterprise Motorsports for all the help with our project! Thank you for taking care of us and having our backs!! While we still have more to do with the truck in order for it to be 100% operational towards our overall mission we are excited to start doing some of the smaller missions that we can handle now like picking up Dr’s and Nurses who do not have 4×4 capabilities necessary to get to work during snow storms. Every day there are individuals out there working to serve us, we want to make sure that they know we have their 6 as well.