Overland Classifieds :: Nitro Gear Ford Superduty 4×4 RV

At first glance, today’s classified appears to be an EarthRoamer, but it’s a one-off custom build. The Nitro camper began as a 2004 Xplorer Xcursion RV on an F-450 4WD chassis and has been completely reimagined and heavily modified to create a go-anywhere expedition vehicle.

Look familiar? Chris Cordes featured the build on Expedition Portal in 2018; it has also been published on nitrogearaxle.com and treadmagazine.com. Make no mistake, this vehicle is more than just a big set of wheels, tires, and a lift kit—it’s a carefully engineered off-grid rolling home. While the Nitro Gear camper may not have all of the premium features included in a used EarthRoamer, it’s less than half the price, though certainly not half the vehicle.

From the Seller:

“I have owned this camper for almost 10 years and have used it for events and camping all over the West Coast. It is very capable and only limited by its size. A lot of my camping has been during the wintertime for ski season, and this rig has allowed me to be self-contained and comfortable off-grid (it required a lot of time and dollars to winterize everything).

It’s easy to drive, effortless on the highway, tows comfortably, handles well, and has a tighter turning circle than a stock F-250. It’s also easy to park and can fit in a single space if backed in over the curb. Thanks to the slide-out rear bedroom and cabover bed, it easily sleeps a family of four or more. The truck itself has done just 85,000 miles, and the Cummins motor (swapped at 40,000 miles) has done a similar mileage.”

Specifications

17,000 pounds (wet and loaded)

Super Dana 60 front and Dana S110 rear axles

Nitro Gear 5.38 ring and pinions

Nitro Xtreme differential cover

Eaton E-locker front and Truetrac rear (rear hubs swapped to ten lug to match front)

Warn manual locking front hubs

2005 F-350 steering box with F550 pitman arm and PSC 10-inch hydraulic assist ram

Five Buckstop 20 x 11-inch heavy-duty single wheels

Goodyear G275 MSA 335/80R20 (41-inch) military tires

2005 coil-sprung F-550 frontend “Fatboy”

Stock coil springs with 2-inch leveling spacer and airbags

12,000-pound rear OE leaf packs with assist airbags (custom solid 1-inch block bolted into leaf pack)

Radflo 2.5-inch custom valved shocks (recently rebuilt)

Icon armored truck spec panhard bar

Dual commercial deep-cycle batteries

Two solar panels

Norcold 12-volt fridge

LPG propane tank, 22-gallon

LPG water heater with hydronic heat exchanger to heat while driving

LPG furnace with ducting throughout

LPG Onan 5k generator

New low-profile air conditioning unit with ducting throughout

Shower and toilet

Two sinks

Queen bed over cab and in rear

Slide-out dinette that can be converted to additional bed

Sleeps six comfortably

Freshwater tank that’s insulated and heated by furnace duct, 100-gallon

Nature’s Head composting toilet

Greywater tank with 12-volt heater pad

Vinyl wrap featuring several Washington State mountains (completed by CW Wraps just over a year ago). Bedliner was applied along the bottom for enhanced protection

LCD TV/DVD

Bluetooth stereo in camper

Three 20-gallon fuel tanks for a 600-mile-plus range

500-mile-plus range at 13.8 mpg (average is 11-12 mpg and towing 9-10 mpg)

Scheel-Mann Vario leather heated seats with armrests and custom sliding brackets

Sony head unit, aftermarket speakers, amp, subwoofer

Amp Research power steps

Bushwacker cut-out fender flares

Asfir modular bumper

Milemarker 15,000-pound winch and Masterpull synthetic line

Factor 55 ProLink shackle mount

2007 Grille

Headlight update

Hazzard Fabworks custom rear bumper and body chop

Camper update: new cooktop, cabinet hardware, LVP flooring, real slate veneer tiles, LED lighting, Sunbrella outdoor-rated upholstery, Corian countertop, Goose Gear table, deep stainless-steel sink and faucet

Engine

Original 6.0-liter Powerstroke replaced with a 2008 Cummins 6.7-liter Dynomite Diesel compound Twin Turbo conversion. The $30,000 swap was completed by Diesel Conversion Specialists in Kalispell, Montana. Work included Headstuds, banks intercooler, Mishimoto aluminum radiator, edge gauges, SCT, and EFI live programming (45,000-miles on conversion, and at the time the engine had done around the same). New Dynomite Diesel 50-horsepower injectors were fitted at a cost of $4,000 just 3,000 miles ago.

This Nitro Gear Ford Superduty 4×4 RV is listed for $125,000 and is currently located in Wenatchee, Washington. Check the full vehicle specifications via the originalExpedition Portal forum post here.

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