The Ford F-450 is a popular choice for heavier overland builds, with recent examples including this 2019 Limited Extreme Duty, a 2019 Severe Duty with an Autarky camper, and a 2008 expedition camper. If today’s example looks familiar, that’s because this build was originally built by Nitro Gear and showcased on Expedition Portal in a feature vehicle piece by Chris Cordes. In addition, you can watch a full tour of this particular rig on the Down2Mob Overland channel. This full-size truck is extremely well-equipped and priced accordingly at $165,000, which is a huge sum of money, but a considerable saving when you consider a comparable used EarthRoamer (F-550) will set you back close to $300,000. In addition, the current owner has made extensive upgrades to the rig during their ownership, which are detailed in the original listing. If you’d like a better idea of how this platform performs as a travel companion, then check out the builds from CJC Offroad and All-Terrain Family. Today’s 2004 offering showcases a 2008 6.7-liter Cummins diesel conversion, extensive premium modifications, and is topped with a custom camper.
From the Seller:
“Need a go-anywhere adventure mobile but don’t want to spend a half-million on an EarthRoamer? Tired of cities and need to get off the grid for a while? Have a big family and want to raise your children with a strong sense of the wild? This camper is extraordinarily capable of accessing and sustaining in the most remote areas, limited only by its size and access to solar. Nearly all camping in this vehicle has been off-grid and self-contained, extensively used in the winter at ski area parking lots and remote backcountry locations. It is easy to drive with incredible handling and a surprising turning radius. It speeds comfortably down the highway, handles better than my Toyota Tacoma, and turns tighter than an F-250. It can fit in a single parking space. With a slide-out, rear bedroom, and cab over bed, there is tons of space for a family of 4 or more.”
2004 Ford F-450 4×4
This Ford F-450 has been fitted with a 2008 Cummins 6.7-liter motor that, in stock form, produces 350 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. However, today’s motor has been extensively updated with modifications that include a Dynomite Diesel compound twin turbo that alone is said to boost performance by 25%+ (I recommend discussing exact specifications with the seller). A powerful diesel engine is matched with impressive go-anywhere capability thanks to 4WD, rear Eaton E-locker and front Truetrac rear locker, Warn manual locking hubs, Nitro Gears 5.38 ring and pinions, and more. Inside, this F-450 showcases extensive driver comforts that include:
- Scheelman Vario leather heated seats
- Premium Sony audio
- Furrion backup camera
- Cruise control
- Air conditioning
- DualCommercial batteries with 400 watts of solar
- Buckstop single wheels with Goodyear G275 MSA military tires
- Freshwater, 100 gallons
- Mile Marker winch
- Stock coils with 2-inch leveling spacer, airbags, and Radflo 2.5-inch custom valved shocks
- Nature’s Head composting toilet
- Norcold fridge
This 2004 Ford F-450 4×4 “The Beast” camper is listed for $165,000 and is currently located in Hood River, Oregon. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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