• Aug 31, 2009

2009 Dunkel Industries RV - Click above for high-res image gallery

As they sat looking over the horizon, they realized they had achieved their dream. The guys from Dunkel Industries had driven themselves to a remote spot where they could just relax and enjoy nature at its tranquil best. What made the journey extra special was that they had gotten there in their very own Dunkel Industries Luxury 4x4. Now, "Luxury 4X4" might have some of you thinking Land Rover or Porsche Cayenne. If that's what you're picturing, then all we can say is "Think bigger." Much bigger. Like, so-big-we-can't-get-it-into-the-frame bigger. The Dunkel version of a Luxury 4X4 starts with a Ford F-650 commercial chassis and winds up as the ultimate off-road recreational vehicle.

As their website puts it, Dunkel industries was built on the childhood dream of never having to stop because the trail was 'more than the RV could handle.' So they created a vehicle with "unlimited versatility" that utilizes a Fabco military-grade 4x4 system, capable of driving the luxurious "custom wood, leather and Fiberglass interior" to places no RV dares to go. And in case you want to bring some smaller toys along with you into the wilderness, the bed is big enough to haul a car. That bed also articulates to serve as a ramp to load dirtbikes or ATVs onto the roof. No trailer necessary and no 55-mph limitations for this beast.

There's a full list of the vehicle's features after the jump, but some of the highlights include a firewood box, a shower, and the camp seating built into the running boards and storage bins all around the truck's perimeter. The ATVs on the roof are a definite crowd-pleaser as well. We're not sure how much this project cost the Dunkel Bros. or if they are going to make them available to the public, but we do know that this would make the perfect Autoblog mobile HQ for any automotive event from Pebble Beach to the Baja 1000. Check out the Dunkel Industries website for additional photos and information, follow the jump for the build sheet and check out our own gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

Dunkel Industries Luxury 4X4 Build Sheet

  • Custom Seats
  • Custom Cabinets
  • Center Dash with Navigation, Stereo, Bluetooth, DVD, CD, and Laptop
  • Rear Bed/Seat
  • Custom one touch entry Stairwell
  • Tilt-Bed with ramps
  • Truck Levelers
  • Extra Water
  • 3 Winches
  • Tow Package with air hook-ups
  • 3 windshield wipers
  • Custom Rims and Tires
  • Custom Grille
  • Custom Bumpers with lights
  • 2 Flat Screens 17" and 12"
  • LED Lighting (above and under cabinets)
  • Rear Closet with Drawer
  • 2 Custom Pull Out Tables
  • 2 Hideaway Boxes (each side of rear seat)
  • 3200 Onan
  • Inverter
  • Kitchen Sink (folding)
  • 2 Burner Stove
  • Refridgerator
  • Aluminum Bed deck with Tie downs
  • Upper Deck (with More Storage)
  • Rear Pental Hitch (pivot with spring)
  • Front Tow Bar
  • Drivers air ride seat
  • Upper Cabinets (6 Total)
  • Back-up Camera also available for left and right side
  • Monitor for cameras
  • Four house batteries
  • 18,000 BTU A/C-Heater
  • Air-Ride for chassis with seperate air ride for cab


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's pretty pointless IMO, but it is pretty cool nevertheless. There's definitely some stuff there that I could see myself liking on a smaller scale, like the articulating bed/ramp that lets me carry my quads or bike on the roof. But if they're going this big in the first place, I'd expect this thing to have more room and amenities than it does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could the photography be any worse? I can't even get a sense of what this thing looks like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know what you mean. Terrible photography. It's like they couldn't back up far enough to get the whole thing in the frame. Oh, wait a sec,...
        • 5 Years Ago
        We can't always pull a car away from a show and do a full shoot on it, so we try to do the best we can given the circumstances. Click through to the Dunkel Industries website for more photos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ROFLMAO. thats a joke right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without a 'Ring time who cares :p

      Actually this is pretty freaking awesome -- but as stated above, the photo's could have been better.

      Mileage? 0 city/1 hwy?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly, what I really want to know is what the EPA fuel economy rating is, because that is what I will use to decide if I want one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man that is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Starring in the remake of Stripes...
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha totally. i love seeing vehicles like this. a part of me thinks it would be right at home in those whacky hanna barbera cartoon races....then the other part knows that something like this would only be possible in the US of A. The canyonero doesn't even compare to this beast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gimme a 4x4 Econoline conversion from Sportsmobile - or the VW atacama concept so I can actually get down a trail:

      http://vwgazette.blogspot.com/2006/09/volkswagen-atacama-for-paris-show.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since when did "off-road capable" start meaning the same as "won't high center on a speed bump?" It's a very cool toy-hauler, but and off-roader it's not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The great benefit to this vehicle, as the post explains, is that you can bring a full-size vehicle and a few toys along with you. Granted some of the other large off-road RVs mentioned have better off-road capabilities, but all but the Action Mobile would need a trailer to bring along the other off-road machines. This is a great compromise for getting off the road, and then having real trail toys with you, while not needing a tent or other accommodations over night.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those that are interested... There are some slightly better pics on their website: http://www.dunkelindustries.com/ ... I said slightly better. At least you can see the whole thing before and after it turns into Optimus Prime.
      At first glance I thought it was pretty cool but after further review... would I want one??(even if I could afford it)... no.
      I've been looking for a smallish RV for camping and pulling the boat that doesn't look like it came from the Barbie collection and this is just over the top... but I suppose that was probably the point. A little less luxury and a little more utility for me-- thank you.
      Bottom line... I think the Blue Collar Comedy boys just found a new tour bus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I too saw a messed up UPS when I opened it up. Their website blows - they need to hire a 14 year old to make it useful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha, I saw one of these parked on the side of the road yesterday with my dad. We had no clue what it was but now we do, thanks Autoblog!
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