As its name implies, the F750 World Cruiser is based on the Ford F-750 truck, though you’d probably have a hard time seeing it underneath all the extra work. Peter Dunkel takes full credit for it, working on it from start to finish and constantly pushing the bar for himself higher and higher. Dunkel is one of the co-founders of the California-based Dunkel Industries makers of heavy machinery and a well-known collector of vintage (and racing) Porsches and vintage RVs.
The World Cruiser is his baby. Initially, Dunkel thought the project would only cost him about $2 million but, because he’s a perfectionist and wouldn’t settle for less, the cost went up three times the estimate. Indeed, Dunkel says the World Cruiser has $6 million of work and technology on it; the wiring alone was over $20,000, and that’s just one example.
The second video available at the bottom of the page shows the interior of the Cruiser; however, like most materials made available online, it’s limited to the lounge area and the kitchen. From what we can tell, no photos or videos were ever published of the bedroom area, which is supposedly over the cab, or the sleeping arrangements for the other four guests. But from what we can see, when Dunkel says no expense was spared in building this, he’s right.
The F750 World Cruiser comes with heated water and heated air, flat-screen TVs, and a Kenwood Supreme entertainment system with flip-up exterior speakers and a 10-inch (25-cm) subwoofer, all controllable by remote from outside the truck, so you can turn it into the centerpiece of a wild neighborhood party. Furnishes are all landyacht-like, from the carpet to the kitchen appliances.
Further upgrades included air suspension, 22-inch wheels, and adding two additional fuel tanks for a total capacity of 61 gallons (230 liters). You don’t want to run dry when you’re cruising the world (ha!) or to keep with the apocalyptic imagery when you’re outrunning hordes of zombies. The standard Ford engine was swapped for a Caterpillar turbodiesel engine rated at 300 hp and 1,200 ft-lbs (1,627 Nm) of torque, mated to an Allison 6-speed transmission.
So, the F750 World Cruiser isn’t just a luxury motorhome; it’s also a badass hauler. The extended bed of the truck is articulated and, most importantly, can carry a maximum payload of 4 tons. In short, you can pack a four-door Jeep and two quads in there to have a backup on your wild adventures.
According to Dunkel himself, the initial budget for the F750 World Cruiser was $2 million, but it ballooned as he kept working. “Let's just say the art piece got larger and we had to throw the budget out the window because we were going somewhere no one had ever tried to go,” he told Mecum in 2013, when he offered the rig with several other collectibles from his own collection, at Monterrey.