A "Poor Man's" Earthroamer: 2017+ Ford F-250 and SpaceKap Diablo 8'

erstwild

Active member
I've been thinking about getting a RCLB 6.2 F250 to put my spacekap on. Does the payload sticker match the 3830 lbs that the Ford brochure says it can carry? and what MPGs are you seeing? thanks.
On mine, it indicates a 3812 lb payload so pretty close. Really amazing payload on these. Even with the comparatively light load of the SpaceKap, I do recommend upgrading the stock shocks and adding some SumoSpring Rebel helper springs or equivalent to the rear. Very confidence inspiring handling after those improvement particularly off camber. I get about 11.5-12 mpg, but I drive the fastlane on the freeway and primarily drive very hilly backroads and engage low range on some dirt tracks regularly. Not a long distance daily driver or you will go broke, lol. I would probably take a serious look at the Ford Transit AWD High Roof or Chassis Cab with a Total Composites box with a pass through for a more efficient daily driver option.
 

mobydick 11

Active member
I keep going back to look at your camper . It has to be one of the cleanest, simple and functional rigs I have seen . Again very nice set up. I can't believe now that I have a Spacekap how many I see on the road ,especially around the Toronto area . Yesterday I saw one called a Spacekap Super ,it was well over 6 feet tall inside I think. still not sure how I will build mine out yet ,or what it will go on.
 

erstwild

Active member
I keep going back to look at your camper . It has to be one of the cleanest, simple and functional rigs I have seen . Again very nice set up. I can't believe now that I have a Spacekap how many I see on the road ,especially around the Toronto area . Yesterday I saw one called a Spacekap Super ,it was well over 6 feet tall inside I think. still not sure how I will build mine out yet ,or what it will go on.
Thanks for the compliment! I really did spend a lot of time working through the design and sourcing high-quality components. My approach was balancing "where maximalist capability meets minimalist design" which basically equates to "thoughtfully overbuilt simplicity" in my book. I see way too many people who start with a cheaper/lighter duty platform and then completely overbuild and ruin them (way over GVWR, high COG, stupid obnoxious accessories they don't even use, etc.). Or conversely, go for something just comically expensive, huge, impractical, and overkill usually manifest that they cannot park it or drive it anywhere tight at all. I wanted to build something that I could comfortably live and work in full-time, bulletproof reliability, and travel to some places reasonably off the beaten path (no rock crawling or OHV parks with something I actually live in, lol). For example, I didn't lift the suspension (just increase COG, even less clearance, etc.), the only real reason I even added the impressive LOD front bumper was to protect the vehicle from deer/cattle impacts since I am a full-timer and that would just be so inconvenient, etc.

Definitely, I'm sure you would see a lot of them in Ontario and Quebec in particular. The Diablo is the full standing height model. I have only seen one in use in my local area stateside for as a gas/electric utility company work truck.
 
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rruff

Explorer
I like your camper! Simple and clean. I'm curious how wide it is inside where your bed is located? I don't think it will be quite enough for me to have my bed arranged that way.

Also, anyone have tips for how to find a used one in the US? Ebay and craigslist have nothing within 1000 miles. Tried Spacekap, Maranda, Tufport.
 

erstwild

Active member
I like your camper! Simple and clean. I'm curious how wide it is inside where your bed is located? I don't think it will be quite enough for me to have my bed arranged that way.

Also, anyone have tips for how to find a used one in the US? Ebay and craigslist have nothing within 1000 miles. Tried Spacekap, Maranda, Tufport.
I'm 6'2" and I sleep comfortably in this configuration if I layer 2 pillows as a bit of ramp for shoulders/neck/head, sleep at just a slight angle if not, or side sleep and naturally bend my knees just a little. It is 75" inches at its widest (not counting the ribs or paneling).
 

Danm7890

Member
Yours looks great, nice and clean. You’re right that the area is tight in the top space. I made mine accommodate a queen up top with a section that slides into place. I can fit up there but it’s tight. Great spot for a couple kiddos though!
 
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