Ford Ranger Dually Camper Is Unique, Glorious

First Of All… Ranger Dually?!

Overlanding is all the rage and like most hobbies, it seems as though it is more about who can spend the most money rather than actually participating in the activity itself. Like most things, it quickly becomes vein measuring contest. Well you can forget about dropping $100,000 on an overland rig, because we’ve found you an alternative with this old Ford Ranger.

No, it won’t allow you to traverse rugged, rarely seen lands like a Land Rover Defender and it won’t score you mad clout on Instagram like a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, but it’s cheap, (probably) reliable and best of all, comes ready to live in. The vehicle in question is a dually 1984 Ford Ranger that has been converted into a surprisingly spacious camper. This thing was bolted together by the camper conversion specialists over at Roll-A-Long and comes complete with two cushioned benches that fold into a bed, plenty of counter and storage space and all the other necessities you might find in a well-equipped camper.

Oh, and everything is brown.

It’s not clear what powertrain this Ranger has, although it does appear to be a V6 automatic model based on the exterior trim and features. According to the ad, posted to Facebook Marketplace, it “runs and drives great,” and has just 73,000 original miles on the odometer. It recently received an oil change and new battery as well, so it’s ready for road trippin’ all summer long. Seems like a better idea than staying at home.

It’s certainly nothing like today’s Ford Ranger, with its high-tech interior, 2.3L EcoBoost engine shared with the Ford Mustang, or 2,100-lb payload. But there’s no denying the incredible level of personality or fabrication work required to create a dual-axle small pickup truck. Come to think of it, a modern Ford Ranger dually camper truck would be an incredible build for the 2019 SEMA Show.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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