In Tents or Intense?: How Ford Tested the Stability of the 2017 Super Duty While Carrying a Camper
Ford says its 2017 Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, and most capable one ever. That means it’ll be able to take more abuse, offer more technology, and do more than the Super Dutys that came before it. Part of doing more with that increased capability includes towing heavier loads – and carrying larger slide-in campers.
That much weight that high up can cause problems out on the road, so Ford went to its Arizona Proving Grounds to make sure its next-generation Super Duty can handle potential situations owners of the truck might encounter. It fitted a dually with a slide-in camper simulator, then took it through high- and low-speed lane change maneuvers and even a slalom course to evaluate the truck’s roll stability when the center of gravity is raised. According to Ford, “The test simulates carrying a camper weighing more than 7,500 pounds, loaded with fresh water, cooking gear, fuel and batteries.”
That figure gives us some idea of the DRW truck’s carrying capabilities, but we’ll have to wait until later this year to get the hard numbers. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on a 2017 Super Duty to see how it performs while hauling and towing a variety of things and find out just how capable the new model is.
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