One thing the FJ always lacked was a space to spend time in comfortably, yes you could climb into the tent or sit in the driver's seat, but when the weather is bad you can only do that for so long, In October of 2017 I picked up a new vehicle. I had been searching the Expedition Portal forum for a few months now, I wanted something unique that also fit my style of overlanding, when the 2000 F250 popped up I made my move and bought it. The owner at the time had built the camper to take on a 4 month long journey to Alaska and back, upon the completion of the trip he had decided to sell it and start another slightly smaller build.
Fast forward a few weeks and my friend Kevin and I were on the road, headed north to Santa Cruz to pick up my new truck. As soon as we turned the corner and saw the truck parked in the road I knew I had made the right decision, it was a beast! Standing just shy of 11’ tall and about 21 feet long I knew I had my hands full, but I was still excited and wanted to hit the road and test it out.
The truck is a 2000 Ford F250, with the 7.3l diesel engine and 4wd. When I picked it up it had just shy of 140,000 miles on it, just broken in for a diesel. The truck was bone stock when I first got it, but It wasn't long until I started the modifications. Brandon the previous owner had outfitted the camper with the basic necessities, electrictricity, water, propane system, hot water heater, and a fridge. So far i've done quite a few modifications to the truck and camper, here’s a full breakdown of what it has done.
2000 Ford F250 7.3l Diesel 4x4 access cab short bed 144k miles (01/20/18)
Yokohama Tire Geolandar AT G015’s in a 315/75r16
Custom rear progressive leaf pack and a HD leaf pack out of a F550 for the front
Bilstein 5160 shocks with heavy valving on all corners
Bilstein Steering Stabilizer
4” Magnaflow Exhaust system
S&B Cold air intake
DieselSite Coolant filtration system
Gearhead Automotive Hydra chip
Edge Insight CTSII digital gauges
Kenwood TM-D710 dual band radio
iPad Mini on Ram mount cradle
ICON extended track bar
RedHead Steering gearbox
Buckstop Bumpers Outback bumper
WARN 16.5ti-s winch
Rigid Industries Lights (50” SR Spot, 3x Q-series, 4x D-series amber wide)
Switch Pros 8100 system
Goal Zero boulder 100 solar panel
The camper is made out of a metal and wood combination. The framing is steel box tube, and the walls are a insulating foam with wood ribs for structure. The outer material is a galvanized steel.
Maxxair Deluxe fan
Camp Lux hot water heater
Acuva water purification system
Propex HS2211 heater
300w solar panel
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 lithium power pack
Dual 7 gallon interior water tanks
Interior designed by my mom
Side loading fridge
Outer Limit Supply Expedition first aid kit
Custom made live edge wood table on a Lagun mount
2 sets of Maxtrax on custom L-track mount
WeBoost Cell Phone Booster
A big thank you to all the companies that have helped out with the build, please take a minute and go check out their products!