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Ford F650 Truck - The Ultimate

From Hauler To Base Camp, This Truck Does It All

Brandan Gillogly
Mar 1, 2010
Photographers: Dan Ward, Brandan Gillogly
Let's all admit it right here and now, towing isn't fun. It's a necessity sometimes, but even with the nicest one-ton diesel tow rig the stress of driving with a trailer takes all the fun out of the open road. What if your track car, show truck, or rock crawler could just drive into the bed of your truck so you didn't have to worry about trailer weight distribution and driving in the slow lane? What if that same vehicle could double as a motorhome once you got back from the show, race, or trail? What if that vehicle could also take you where no ordinary motorhome could go? The guys at Dunkel Industries wondered all of those "what ifs" and decided there was a market for one amazing pickup.
Photo 2/12   |   ford F650 Truck left Front Angle
Starting with a Ford F-650, the entire cab was split in three sections, widened a total of 22 inches, and lengthened 104 inches. Custom body sides were built and the cab behind the front seats got extra headroom, with a sleeper loft built over the front passengers. Topnotch, real wood cabinetry in the kitchen and bedroom along with hidden LED lighting proves that no expense was spared.
All the comforts of home were included, from a shower and bathroom to dual refrigerators, two-burner stove, microwave, and 18,000-BTU heater/air conditioner, all powered by an onboard 4,000-watt Cummins/Onan quiet diesel generator.
Photo 3/12   |   ford F650 Truck left Side Angle
Thanks to the widened cab, the front passenger seat is practically a bench, and the seatback can rotate to double as a tabletop, or lower to serve as a bed. To ensure that occupants are treated to a smooth ride, the entire cab is mounted on two 15,000-pound airbags to isolate the passengers from the suspension.
The F-650 was lengthened to match the cab and a Fabco 4WD conversion with 3-inch King shocks keeps the rig crawling up the trail while other motorhomes are stuck in a campground. It takes torque to move such a big beast, but the 7.2L Caterpillar diesel engine makes 800 lb-ft of and a six-speed Allison transmission and 5.29 gears in the axles work together to get it up to speed. Just in case the need arises, the truck is equipped with a 18,000-pound Warn winch and is capable of towing 16,000 pounds on its own.
Equipped with an Omnex wireless remote that does just about everything but drive the truck, the user can deploy and retract an awning and level or lift the tires off the ground to install snow chains or swap a flat tire thanks to four 24,000-pound hydraulic rams. The remote also tilts the bed, via a huge 17,000-pound hydraulic piston. Once the bed is fully lifted, the forward bulkhead hinges down to allow for the loading of up to two quads or a handful of motorcycles. If you're not toting anything up top, the "upper deck" can be raised to allow for more headroom in the rear bedroom/seating area of the cab. The tilt function also allows for the loading and unloading of a Jeep, UTV, or even a sports car into the diamond-plate flat load floor of the custom bed.
We can't imagine any other vehicle that combines all of the attributes of the Dunkel Industries truck. It's a far cry from anything we've ever seen. With luxury amenities inside, all of your toys on the outside, and the world at your doorstep, what more could anyone ask for?



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