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Ford turns Expedition into a four-person concept adventure camper SUV

Ford turns Expedition into a f...
Up high, the Off-Grid concept packs a pair of Thule crossbars, a Thule Tepui rooftop tent and a 180-degree awning from Overland Vehicle Systems
Up high, the Off-Grid concept packs a pair of Thule crossbars, a Thule Tepui rooftop tent and a 180-degree awning from Overland Vehicle Systems
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Ford packages in a pop-up Wild Land tent for showering, changing or portable toilet use
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Ford packages in a pop-up Wild Land tent for showering, changing or portable toilet use
Both the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid and Turtleback Expedition trailer are built for rugged off-roading
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Both the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid and Turtleback Expedition trailer are built for rugged off-roading
Turtleback kitchen with dual-burner stove, sink and drop-down worktop
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Turtleback kitchen with dual-burner stove, sink and drop-down worktop
The Expedition SUV and trailer get a topographic wrap from CG Detroit
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The Expedition SUV and trailer get a topographic wrap from CG Detroit
Ford developed the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept with a combination of Ford Outfitter dealer-available and aftermarket accessories and components
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Ford developed the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept with a combination of Ford Outfitter dealer-available and aftermarket accessories and components
The hood-mounted Rigid Side Shooter cubes work with the Rigid roof light bar and under-grille bar to provide extra light on the trail and at camp
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The hood-mounted Rigid Side Shooter cubes work with the Rigid roof light bar and under-grille bar to provide extra light on the trail and at camp
The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept was developed for show at Overland Expo East and SEMA
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The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept was developed for show at Overland Expo East and SEMA
Ford remembered the obligatory show bike and kayak but forgot the snorkel
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Ford remembered the obligatory show bike and kayak but forgot the snorkel
The cool thing about the Off-Grid Expedition is that it can unhitch the trailer and still have plenty of space to camp
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The cool thing about the Off-Grid Expedition is that it can unhitch the trailer and still have plenty of space to camp
The folded seats, custom-fit bed extender and Luno inflatable double mattress make the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid a sleeper SUV
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The folded seats, custom-fit bed extender and Luno inflatable double mattress make the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid a sleeper SUV
EZ Stak drawers provide organized storage for tools, camping gear, recovery gear or other provisions
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EZ Stak drawers provide organized storage for tools, camping gear, recovery gear or other provisions
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Automakers have become quite fond of building overland versions of their trucks and SUVs for shows like Overland Expo and SEMA. Most of the work usually takes place outside the cabin, where they install the mandatory 2-inch suspension lift, throw on some rugged all-terrain tires, and make sure to add on X-Games jewelry like mountain bikes and kayaks. With its new Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept, Ford opens the doors and adds a sleeper interior to turn its largest SUV into a camper van, complete with added rooftop tent space and a pop-up bathroom tent.

Ford begins with the 2022 Expedition Timberline it introduced a few weeks ago, a model it calls the most capable Expedition ever. Along with F-150 Raptor underbody protection, the standard Timberline gets upgraded with 10.6 inches (27 cm) of ground clearance, to which Ford adds the obligatory 2-inch lift on the Off-Grid concept. That lift comes via Fox Performance Elite 2.5-inch shocks with dual-speed compression adjusters and remote reservoirs. A set of 17-inch wheels touch ground via 35-inch General Grabber all-terrains.

The folded seats, custom-fit bed extender and Luno inflatable double mattress make the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid a sleeper SUV
The folded seats, custom-fit bed extender and Luno inflatable double mattress make the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid a sleeper SUV

The Off-Grid concept has a set of Thule crossbars behind its 50-inch Rigid LED light bar, but instead of carrying the usual mountain bikes or kayaks, they secure a Thule Tepui rooftop tent to sleep two+ people. That alone is enough to make the Off-Grid concept a functional camper rig, but Ford also provides hard-sided protection inside the Explorer. It combines a set of flat-topped EZ Stak utility drawers with folded rear seats and custom-fit Luno bed extenders to create a level platform for a Luno inflatable double mattress . A set of window shades, a USB fan and a Clarios AGM battery for campsite power complete the overnighter design.

Ford could have made the Expedition a full-functioning RV by adding a portable toilet and shower system to use with the Wild Land pop-up privacy tent and sliding a small stove and sink into one of the EZ Stak drawers. But then how would it ever carry the must-have mountain bikes and kayaks? Instead, Ford pushes cooking duties behind the hitch, securing a color-matched Turtleback Expedition trailer with a slide-out kitchen that includes a dual-burner stove, sink, 159-L fresh water tank, water heater and shower hookup. And of course, you have your mountain bike and kayak ready to launch ... or at least photograph.

Turtleback kitchen with dual-burner stove, sink and drop-down worktop
Turtleback kitchen with dual-burner stove, sink and drop-down worktop

Ford debuted the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid over the weekend at the Overland Expo East show, the last in this year's three-show OX series. It will again show the concept at SEMA, which starts on November 2.

Source: Ford

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