Parker, TX, September 27, 2000
By Michael Levine

If you were a fifth wheel trailer, this is the towing rig you would dream about to come and take you away.

Ford introduces the all new 2001 Super Crewzer based on the F-650/750 platform. It's quite possibly the largest truck ever marketed to recreational consumers.

First shown as a concept truck at the 1999 SEMA exposition in Las Vegas, and again at the North American International Auto Show, the Super Crewzer was built to demonstrate the versatility of the F-Series trucks in the F-650/750 stratum.

Ford's intent with the Super Crewzer is to address the needs of the 'serious towing hobbyist'. To that end it's powered by Ford's most powerful diesel engine, the Caterpillar 3126B which pumps out 300 horsepower and an astounding 860 lb-ft of torque.

Able to move a combined payload and trailering load of nearly 30,000 pounds, there aren't many object this side of the

SUPER CREWZER SPECS

Powertrain
Engine:

Caterpillar® 3126B Diesel Engine
Horsepower:
300 horsepower
Torque:
860 LB-ft torque
Transmission:
Allison MD 3066 electronically controlled 6-speed adaptive shift, double overdrive automatic transmission
Axle Ratio:
4.33

Weight Ratings
GVWR:
23,000 lbs. without payload
34,500 lbs. with payload
GCWR:
43,000 lbs. With trailer

Chassis
Wheelbase:
194-inches
Axles:

8,000 lb. front axle
15,000 lb. Meritor rear axle Suspension:
Hendrickson™ HAS190 air ride rear suspension

Fuel
MPG:
Not Available
Capacity:
130 gallons (dual 65 gallon fuel tanks)

Price
$89,995

Queen Mary that this truck wont be able to pull. The SuperCrewzer comes standard with three trailer hitches to help towers out - a 30,000 lb. Draw-Tite removable ball gooseneck, a 22,000 lb. Reese fifth-wheel hitch and a 20,000 lb. Reese receiver hitch. A tall 4.33 axle ratio helps get you moving without shredding the tires.

On the exterior of the SuperCrewzer is a 24-inch fiberglass air foil to help smooth laminar airflow while towing and increase gas mileage. Though gas mileage and range was not announced, two 65 gallon tanks help ensure few stops between destinations.

Other towing features include heated towing mirrors, custom trailer hookup lights, electric trailer brake controllers and a diamond-plated load box that has a full-width lockable storage box and side access for storing miscellaneous cables, chains and other towing tools and accessories.

The Super Crewzer's interior almost rivals the truck's towing abilities in the way it caters to the driver and passengers.

The power captain's chairs up front are heated and decked in leather and the rear bench seat can be replaced with an optional sofa! Forget staying at the Holiday Inn.

The instrument panel is trimmed in wood and the stereo system comes with a six disc in-dash CD changer.

Other interior options include a rear, ceiling mounted LCD screen for watching television, movies or playing Nintendo. A universal remote control lets you change the channel or control the volume (batteries included). CB radio and television antennas can also be mounted.

Ford expects to sell under 1000 Super Crewzers across the country starting in the 4th quarter of 2001 and at $89,995 a copy towing hobbyists may have to become towing professionals to pay for one of these.

Round up the Clydesdales Martha.