Ford tests the 2017 Super Duty with a simulated camper to make sure the truck can safely haul it for a night sleeping outdoors.
Ford wants its Super Duty pickups to excel at any tough job their owners throw at the trucks. In a new video, the company shows this hardworking capability even extends to folks who want to take their Super Duty overnight into the great outdoors. The Blue Oval has a special rig that simulates a slide-in camper in the bed, and the engineers toss the 2017 Super Duty around to make sure the model’s roll stability control system can handle the extra mass.
The simulator uses a simple metal lattice to replicate a large camper. Even through high-speed lane changes, the extra load in the back isn’t enough to make the Super Duty tip over, though.
The 2017 Super Duty goes on sale in the US in the fall in a bevy of trim levels and available 6.2-liter V8, 6.8-liter V10, and 6.7-liter diesel V8 engines. However, Ford started marketing the new truck’s capabilities months ago. In an earlier video, the Blue Oval showed how the pickup’s bed handled abuse. More recently, the engineers also demonstrated their special dyno rig that simulated towing up a steep grade.