Raptor, F-150 Builds Go On an Off-Road Road Trip Adventure

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From kicking up rooster tails in the snow, to slingin’ mud below the mountains, these Ford trucks know how to have fun.

Summer is only a month or so away, which means plenty of chance for a weekend (or week) of fun off-roading your Ford truck or SUV. Rocky desert trails, muddy backwoods paths, sandy beaches and sapphire waters, all of it is just calling for a Ford or two to visit.

Stage 3 Motorsports recently did just that, taking out their 2013 Raptor and 2018 F-150 builds out for a few days of snow and dirt near Williams, Arizona, giving each one all they’ve got, and then some.

Ford Raptor and F-150

The first day of the trip “didn’t go as planned” for Stage 3’s Raptor, per the video’s description, due to the four-wheel drive system breaking on it. Thus, the crew decided to put their builds to the test on the second day with some time in the snow, mainly to see how well the Raptor handled everything in two-wheel drive.

Ford Raptor and F-150

While the Raptor performs a few drifts in the snow, the big blue F-150 goes for a quick dip in an icy stream before charging around the white landscape into the forests, kicking up glittering snowflakes into the sunlight.

Ford Raptor and F-150

Once night falls, though, it’s showtime for the Raptor, lighting up the winter wonderland with its array LED driving and off-road lights to wrap up the second day of adventure in Arizona.

Ford Raptor and F-150

On the third day, the Raptor was bursting with energy through the dirt and mud further down the mountain, rushing over paths when now slowly climbing over them. An open muddy field was where it began to shine, though, kicking up a massive rooster tail of mud around the videographer. But that’s nothing compared to what it did next.

Ford Raptor and F-150

That’s right: it made a gliding jump over a bump in the road at speed, nailing the landing with ease before it drove away into the dusty horizon.

Ford Raptor and F-150

“The trip didn’t exactly go to plan with the four-wheel drive breaking on the Raptor,” said 3 Stage’s YouTube host Noah S. “It was a little unexpected, but we still had a chance to really run these trucks hard… we really got some time in the mud and the dirt, and just kind of flying around this thing.”

Can’t think a better way to spend the weekend than with a couple of cool Ford trucks.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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