To the Moon and Back: Krug and Arctic Trucks Redesign an F-550 to the Highest of Standards

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Photo: Krug Expedition GmbH
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These days, it's not enough just to be able to camp out under some tree in some forgotten field. No; these days, people want to go above and beyond what the eye can see, and to do that, Krug's Bedrock XT2 is the machine to do it.
Folks, the monstrosity before you is one of those machines crafted with decades of know-how and capability, and its goal is to reach places where no other humans or Ford trucks have gone before. It's time to dive a tad deeper into what the heck is going on here, and all that starts off with none other than Krug XP, a brand within Krug Group that saw its beginnings in 2011. Since then, they've been focused on nothing more than crafting some of the world's most capable overlanding vehicles.

All this brings us to Bedrock, which, mind you, isn't the work of just Krug alone; they completed this project with the help of renowned Arctic Trucks, a team known for operating some of the most go-anywhere vehicles on the planet, hence their name. Yet, what makes the Bedrock so special is that it's Krug's first attempt to secure a part of America's growing overlanding and expedition vehicles market, and it all begins with an AT44 XT2 Ford F-550 with six wheels.

Bedrock XT2
Photo: Krug Expedition GmbH
To kick off the Bedrock, allow me to point out a few dimensions, starting with a wheelbase of 176 inches. As for the body and shell, we're looking at a 263-inch long machine with a width of 95.5 inches and a height of 90 inches. There's a reason why it's not the tallest machine on the market: Krug and Arctic aimed to create what can be considered one of the most stable wheeled habitats around.

To do so, Arctic reengineered the F-500's chassis to minimize suspension lift, leading to an "ultra-low center mass."Once that third axle is dropped in, the Bedrock can decrease ground pressure by up to 25%. Couple that with an 8-link air suspension with independent controls, and you're set to go where no man or woman has gone before, maybe even the Moon.

Moving up the build, we arrive at the all-important habitat. Here, Krug and Artctic have once again outdone themselves with not only a living space that can be carried around the world but one that is filled with features that go above and beyond just the essentials.

Overall, the shell is completed in the same fashion as other Arctic Trucks vehicles, with sandwich panels that have absolutely no cold bridges, providing a unit that can be used to cross the Arctic, but deserts too. Neatly enough, the Bedrock's habitat can be removed and left behind at base camp while you're out and about exploring the lands.

Bedrock XT2
Photo: Krug Expedition GmbH
Now, we could talk about how this machine is built and what it can do all day, but the rest of this introduction into a beast is reserved for nothing more than the sort of features the interior has in store. Oh, and just to give you an idea of what to expect, keep in mind that the Bedrock starts off priced at $690K, and since it's customizable, that number can easily go to the Moon and back.

Let's start this discovery by pointing out that the interior includes a massive king-size bed and even the dinette can be transformed into an optional bedding area. A gorgeous galley and full bath complete the living area, but the real attraction is what's hidden behind walls and floorboards.

Regarding the absolute essentials, the Bedrock has 118 gallons of fresh water, all of which is filtered with a General Ecology Seagull IV-X2 setup. The life-giving liquid goes through three stages of pre-filtering and is even UV-treated.

Bedrock XT2
Photo: Krug Expedition GmbH
Up next, we have to explore the electrical system, and for this sort of cash, you can expect one hell of an off-grid-ready unit. That said, 1,450 W of solar panel power feeds a 23 kW battery array supplied by Victron. If that's not enough juice for you, I don't know what is. Then we've got ourselves a Truma heating setup, a Nordic Cooling X3 AC, and extras the likes of TVs, Starlink prep, and audio systems, just to name a few.

Krug and Arctic also make a big deal out of Bedrock's outdoor cooking abilities, aside from the ones found inside. As an option, future owners can opt for an outdoor galley that integrates neatly into the unit's underfloor storage bays. Be sure to check that out for a true outdoor living experience. After all, that's what this game is all about.

For the remainder of our time together, take a moment to picture yourself in the presence of the Bedrock. Imagine what your lifestyle may be like, where you'd travel, who you'd be traveling with, and the things you'd see once you get there. This is a true overlanding machine and one that comes across as perfectly worth the cash even though it costs as much as some homes; this one's a home with wheels.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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