The three trucks featured in this “American Trucks Abroad” compilation show possibilities most of us have not considered. These big Ford Raptor and Chevy Silverado HD overland rigs deserve a double or a triple take.
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We start with a new Ford Raptor crew cab with a customized truck camper installed in the bed. The Raptor has a relatively short 5.5-foot bed, but this truck camper folds out to the side to offer occupants plenty of space to spend the night. This setup includes solar panels, extra batteries, inverter, air compressor, a stove, and a kitchen sink. The rear suspension (leaf springs) of this Raptor are updated to handle the additional payload of the camper. This is a very unique rig.
Chevy Silverado HD
This one-ton version of the Chevy Silverado HD has a turbo-diesel V8 Duramax engine under the hood, and a brush guard in the front that is so giant that it would make most semi trucks look small. The huge “cow catcher” houses additional lights, and it is tied into the side running boards of the truck. In the back is a tray-bed with a shell to house tools, spare tire, winch, and many other accessories. This truck can survive a long time in the outback.
Ford F-150 Diesel
Finally, here is an F-150 with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo-diesel under the hood and a luxurious King Ranch interior on the inside. It’s often difficult to import American trucks to Europe due to various tax-related laws (related to the “Chicken Tax”). The rear seats of this F-150 have been removed in order to comply with import/export laws and reduce the price. It would be great to see this big crew cab on tiny and narrow streets of European cities.