Escape to anywhere in this house-on-wheels.
This is not your typical camper. At first glance, it could be confused for a military vehicle, but we can assure you it's not. What you're looking at is a heavily modified 2005 Ford F-450 whose PowerStroke diesel V8 has been swapped for a 5.9-liter Cummins inline-six. Ford's five-speed automatic remains, although it's been upgraded with performance clutches, billet input, and mid-shafts. Power goes to all four wheels via a two-speed transfer case. The engine also received some modifications including upgraded pistons and crankshaft, and a new turbocharger. But that's not the most interesting thing about his rig.
It's literally a house on four wheels that won't require its next owner to take out a mortgage. As of this writing, it has a top bid of $52,000 on Bring A Trailer, though the auction won't end until next Tuesday.
It was designed to be a four-season vehicle and even features a new air suspension. The cab and forward bodywork were color-sanded and the insulated honeycomb coach shell was stripped and refinished with multiple primer, color, and clear coats. This EarthRoamer was also given new windows and a dual-pane motorized skylight. Cool fact: that skylight doubles as an escape hatch. Hey, you never know.
The rest of the interior is beyond impressive. The relatively stock F-450 dashboard and leather seats remain. There are also USB outlets, LED lighting, an air suspension controller, and a ceiling-mounted gauge panel. The odometer currently reads 52,000 miles. The rear compartment, meanwhile, has plenty of creature comforts like the over-cab sleeping section, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with a toilet and shower.
Newly updated cabinets provide all the space you need for kitchenware essentials and yes, there's a separate air conditioning system just for the passenger area. Keeping warm is made possible with a diesel heater. You won't be completely disconnected from the rest of the world thanks to a cellular antenna and WiFi connectivity. Power for this section comes from an 875-watt solar array, a 2,000-watt AC inverter, and a couple of large house batteries.
After being hunkered down for nearly eight months now because of the pandemic, the need to escape and hit the road is totally understandable. This EarthRoamer could be your ticket to freedom.