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This Jacked-Up Ford Super Duty Is the Ultimate Overlander


November 6, 2019 Cars By

Lance Camper is debuting its latest adventure build, the Altimeter, at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas this week. The Altimeter combines a tricked out Ford F-350 Super Duty with Lance Camper’s 855S truck camper to create the ultimate, go-anywhere, four-season camper.

The F-350 is not your standard 4×4 with a 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel engine; it’s loaded with all the off-roading accessories and modifications. It features a Stage 5 Suspension from Icon Vehicle Dynamics, which gives the truck a 2.5-inch lift. It has Hellwig Products front and rear sway bars for balance and air springs to raise the ride height when towing. It throws in KC Hilites LED lighting — and, should you get your camper in a sticky spot, a Warn winch.

Lance Camper’s 855S truck camper adds to the functionality, extracting maximum utility from the living space above the short truck bed. Its slide-out compartment creates a bench seat dinette, which can also convert into another sleeping area for a total overnight capacity of four. The truck camper also fits in a full wet bath and a kitchenette with a three-burner range, oven, and refrigerator.

Drooling profusely at this point? So are we. But there’s a catch: Lance Camper has made no mention of putting the Altimeter into production. Even if it did, it’s not hard to image imagine doing so would not be a cheap effort. The stock F-350 with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel alone costs north of $50,000, and that’s  before you tack on all the off-roading modifications. The Lance Camper 855S, at least from one dealer we found, would be another $50,000-plus addition.

If heavy-duty overlanding is your thing, FiftyTen’s midsize truck system could offer a more cost-effective pickup-based camper option. If you want a spartan, light-weight option, Adventure Trailers offers the Summit truck topper, which starts under $10,000.

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