There’s nothing like a few days in the great outdoors to clear your head.
Far away from the stress of work and managing a home - and, with any hope, far away from cell-phone service - you can finally take a deep breath and relax.
However, a camping trip does require a lot of stuff. There are tents, sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. You need a portable grill, coolers full of food and beverages, cookware, utensils. And bug spray, lots of bug spray.
To haul everything you need (plus your family, of course), the vehicle you drive has to be large and rugged. Some makes and models, including the Ford Expedition and the Ford F-250, just do the trick better than others.
The Expedition and F-250 were two of only 10 models that made Autobytel’s list of the best cars for camping. Here’s why.
2016 Ford Expedition
The rugged but stylish 2016 Expedition can be configured to seat up to eight passengers. Sans passengers, it can hold a whopping 130 cubic feet of luggage and camping gear - more than enough for any trip.
Need to tow a camping trailer? Consider the extended-wheelbase XL model. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine can lug up to 6,000 pounds.
Going off the beaten path? That’s not a problem with the 2016 Expedition, which has an intelligent 4WD system with terrain management that allows you to shift on the fly to one of four settings as the terrain changes. The vehicle also assists you in maintaining speed and control when descending hills.
2017 Ford F-250
This is a truck designed for serious towing, so it’s ideal for fifth-wheel owners. When a fifth-wheel hitch is added, this powerful V8 turbodiesel truck can tow up to 32,500 pounds. Hats off to you if you can manage to pack that much, even with a camper. Most importantly, the F-250 can tow a large camper or trailer without slowing you down.
The latest technology and safety features make this truck an ideal choice for camping, too. Features like selective braking and adjusting engine control keep your trailer under control and prevent swaying.
The redesigned 2017 F-250is available with a four-door crew cab for increased passenger comfort on long trips. To get you where you’re going, there’s optional voice-command navigation. And to keep the family entertained, you can opt for SiriusXM satellite radio with more than 150 channels.
Sound Ford - Your Destination for Trucks and SUVs
If you’re in the market for a rugged and powerful vehicle, look no further than Sound Ford. Whether you need a vehicle for those family camping trips or just for work, we’re happy to help you find a model that’s the right fit.
Serving the Seattle area, we carry a wide selection of new and used trucks and SUVs in a variety of makes and models, and we’re always happy to explain the pros and cons of each.