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Ram’s new gun/rod holders (updated)

by David Zatz on

gun rackFormer Ram chief Fred Diaz was one of many inventors of a new gun-and-fishing-rod holder created for Ram, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent Office.  Patent 8,657,127 has eight different applicants listed, all Michigan residents, led by Mr. Diaz.

The gun and fishing-rod holder is a pair of stands mounted on a table; it can be arranged so either the gun or rod is first. The idea is to securely store rifles or shotguns and fishing rods within the RamBox, which locks.

The system appears to be a revision of the existing (since around 2010) “RamBox Holster,” Mopar part 82212359, which converts from gun holder to fishing rod and reel holder by rotating stanchions. The stands can be set up in different configurations, and is sold by Mopar for a list price of $243.

rambox gun rack

Update: Norm Palin, parts advisor of Don K C-J-R-D in Whitefish, Montana, wrote that this revised version is now available but on backorder; it is part number 82213065AC, with a retail price of $275. It fits the six-foot-five-inch RamBox only, not the shorter five-foot-five-inch bed.

Mr. Diaz’s work took place before he left Ram to head up Nissan’s American operations. Nissan is launching truck lines that compete directly with Ram, including a new Nissan Titan with a Cummins V8 diesel engine. With the basic idea established, and a great deal of prior art cited in the patent application, it’s possible that the Titan may also have some provisions for locking gun/stick/fishing-rod storage in the bed.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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