As we reported quite extensively in recent weeks, recreational vehicles are scorching hot right now. Automakers like Ford are scrambling to build more outdoor-friendly products, while traditional camper manufacturers are adapting their offerings to better suit today’s “go-anywhere” adventurer. Despite all of this, we were still shocked to see this converted 2013 Ford E-350 camper sell at Mecum’s Houston auction for an astounding $176,000.
Not to say that this Ford E-350 isn’t incredibly cool, it just seems like a large sum of money for a van, albeit one packed with amenities and lots of capability. On the outside, that starts with a lift kit to make room for 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires. The suspension has been fortified with Rancho XL 9000 shocks, Betts springs, Warn premium hubs, and Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 front axles to help this van go just about anywhere its owner desires.
The Ford E-350 is powered by Ford’s 6.8L V10, which sends power through an automatic transmission to an Atlas II gear-driven transfer case. The transmission features 10 forward gears and 2 reverse gears to give the driver plenty of options out on the trails. And when stopping this heavy rig is a concern, a set of Ford Super Duty F-550 rotors helps in that regard.
Heading out many miles in the wilderness won’t be a concern either, as the van is packing a 46-gallon fuel tank to keep it going. Though we imagine economy isn’t its strong suit, given the thirsty V10 and additional weight added by what’s inside. That includes everything from a full kitchen to an audio system, television, air compressor, generator, pop-up roof, and an outdoor shower.
For those looking to get off the grid for days at a time, however, we can’t think of a much cooler and rather compact way to do it. While some opt for giant campers and RVs, this Ford E-350 provides the same sort of amenities, albeit with less space, but figures to be much easier to navigate down narrow trails.