Expedition Portal Classifieds: 7.3L Diesel F250 Camper

I’d venture to say that many of us dream of owning an EarthRoamer some day, but if we’re being honest, spending half a million dollars on one just isn’t very practical. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there for a whole lot less money, and while they may lack some of the size and quality of those luxurious land yachts, their character often makes up for it. Take this 2002 F-250 for example. It has a custom living quarters built just two years ago by Phoenix Campers, arguably the most reliable motor ever put in a Ford, and a world travel pedigree spanning through North, Central, and South America, all for just $69,000. So before you file your big Ford dreams away as unachievable, let’s take a look at this interesting truck.

The Basics

  • 2002 Ford F-250 4WD crew cab
  • 7.3 L Power Stroke diesel
  • 2017 Phoenix Camper
  • 270,000 miles with new turbo and transmission
  • Asking $69,000

The Details

The base of this expedition vehicle is a 2002 Ford F-250 Lariat crew cab, which means it packs a tan leather interior, a 7.3L turbo-diesel motor, and enough payload to safely support a large camper on the back. The transmission was rebuilt 30,000 miles ago, it has a new Garrett turbo, and the seller states that all wear and maintenance items have been serviced and upgraded. The chassis and motor do have 270,000 miles on them, but that isn’t unreasonable for these 7.3L trucks. The sellers also mention that it runs and drives like a dream, with tons of power and no maintenance required at this time.

The custom Phoenix camper appears to be in good shape as well, which it should be since it was built in 2017. It is insulated for use in cold or hot weather, with a full HVAC system to keep you comfortable regardless of where in the world you decide to explore. As you’d expect from a vehicle listed as EarthRoamer inspired, you’ll find all sorts of comforts inside ranging from a fully enclosed wet bath with hot water shower to a memory foam mattress and flat screen TV. We could probably drone on for ages about the electrical system, water capacity, and various off-road upgrades, but to save you time and sanity we’ve just listed it all out below.

Truck 

  • 4 Titan jacks to demount camper
  • Tuner/code reader
  • Manual 4WD hubs
  • Hellwig heavy-duty rear sway bar
  • Hellwig BigWig 5,000-pound air ride 0-100 psi
  • Fox Shocks 2.0 w/reservoirs
  • 35×12.50-18 BF Goodrich KO2s
  • Monster XD 18-inch wheels
  • Warn 9,500-pound winch and bumper
  • Line X rocker guards, full-length
  • Rear steel bumper with built-in air tank
  • Kenwood Powerhead with navigation/wifi/Bluetooth and front/rear cameras
  • 3M security window film cab windows
  • Heavy-duty output alternator
  • New Garrett turbo
  • Roof solar with controller, can camp off grid up to a week
  • 4- Deka 200 amp hour house batteries (charge from solar, alternator, and house charger)
  • 3,000-watt pure sine wave inverter
  • Onboard charging system, 10amp with 2 outputs
  • Built-in slide compartment for generator
  • 45 gallons of fresh water

Interior Camper

  • Fully enclosed indoor wet bath (w/shower and cassette toilet)
  • Full hot shower
  • Two separate gray water tanks for shower and kitchen sink
  • Solid surface counter with decorative backsplash
  • Built-in flush mount two-burner stove
  • Deep stainless kitchen sink
  • Flip-out sink storage
  • Pantry slide-in cabinet storage
  • Flush mount hidden drawer for silverware
  • Upper and lower kitchen cabinets, with positive locks
  • Two seat cafe-style table with swing-away table feature converts to single bed
  • Custom LED interior lighting
  • Heavy-duty steps that double as storage, lead to full 60 x 80-inch queen-size bed
  • Ample storage above, beside, and under bed. Makes for a full 7 x 7-foot bedroom area over the cab
  • 5-inch memory foam mattress
  • Dometic Heike sky/moon roof over bed with access to roof
  • 32-inch flatscreen TV on swing-away mount
  • Two Fantastic Fans
  • All windows have screens and open to allow breezes
  • Rooftop high-efficiency A/C
  • Stainless steel microwave
  • Dometic 12v/120v AC/DC fridge with freezer
  • 1-inch insulated walls sandwiched by fiberglass boards
  • Composite marine floor with waterproof vinyl covering
  • Carpeted 7-foot tall ceilings
  • Built-in trash bin/dirty clothes hamper
  • Full surround sound system in camper including waterproof exterior speakers
  • USB/12V outlets throughout with 110 A/C outlets as well

Exterior Camper

  • Electric awning with auto close
  • Ample outdoor storage, many exterior compartments
  • Rear trunk storage, separate generator compartment and propane compartment
  • Exterior LED lighting
  • Hot water exterior shower
  • City water fill station or freshwater tank with 40 psi pump
  • Wifi Ranger WiFi extender
  • Keyed storage compartments
  • Battery access from inside or outside
  • Rear Rigid LED lights
  • Front curved LED light bar in grill

For more information or to contact the owner check out the original advertisement here. 

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.