Bent, Janky Ford F-150 Camper Has Been Defying Physics for Years in Florida

There’s a long-running joke about how the silliest, stupidest headlines usually have “Florida” in them. This is one of those cases.
Ford F-150 camper is all sorts of wrong and dangerous, roaming Florida for years 3 photos
Photo: / mattyisminabox
Ford F-150 camper is all sorts of wrong and dangerous, roaming Florida for yearsFord F-150 camper is all sorts of wrong and dangerous, roaming Florida for years
Out there in Florida is a fellow who owns a Ford camper. His camper is unlike any other you’ve seen before, not because it’s the newest or the best built, or packed with unheard of amenities. It’s because it shouldn’t exist.

A photo of a Ford F-150 was posted this week on reddit, the “S**tty car mods” sub, a genuine treasure trove of dumb ideas that somehow, albeit briefly, work. Over its bed sits a Ranger Coachmen Camper, but the fit is not right. These campers usually require an F-250 with extended beds, so in this case, the camper hangs off the rear.

Hilariously, the whole structure is secured with a yellow tie, which goes all the way around the frame. The weight of the camper has bent the bed, and there’s also a large crack in the overhang of the camper. It is, as redditors agree, a disaster waiting to happen. It is also the exact visualization of what happens when you buy stuff that’s not right for you, shrug it off with a “to hell with it!” and make it work with stupid “hacks.”

But somehow, that’s not even the full story. According to user mattyisminabox, who also posted it, the photo is an older one, resurfaced online due to the mysterious ways of the Internet. The camper itself first went viral a couple of years ago, and mattyisminabox, who is from Florida, says he’s still seen it driving around town. The camper is “still attached, still hanging on by a prayer,” he says.

That is to say, for at least a couple of years, this Ford F-150 camper has been defying physics, common sense and authorities in Florida. We may laugh at how stupid but functional this getup is, but at the end of the day, it is also incredibly dangerous. The real surprise here is that he’s still allowed on the road with it.
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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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