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.