Ford was eager to see what customers really wanted, one reason the brand asked five real-world truck customers to develop 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks and chassis cabs to meet their every need. For jobs ranging from manufacturing to forestry, the new Super Duty holds up in any condition. Plus, these real-world Super Duty trucks made up the first Ford Vocational Fleet.
According to Ford, the first truck was designed by Black Hills Energy. These crews work with natural gas, supplying more than 1.2 million customers with electricity in eight states. Nelson, the head of Black Hills, opted for a F-250 Super Duty XL 4×4 with a SuperCab. Other features include a medium-duty battery, skid plates, a rear wheel well liner, front and rear mud flaps, and an engine block heater. Other great features were driver assist technologies, including a 360-degree-view camera system.
Plum Contracting chose a F-350 XL with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8. SelectShift and Boxlink are great for towing up to 11,400 pounds, and there is also a heavy front suspension package. “My job sites are road construction projects that normally have single lane closures, and the single rear wheels keep the truck narrow enough that the barrels don’t need to be moved for them to pass through,” said owner Jack Mills. “The tailgate-mounted rear camera is a nice safety feature to help prevent back-up accidents and the upfitter switches make it easy for my shop to add additional lights and powered accessories.”
These are just two of the trucks included in the Ford Vocational Fleet, a lineup designed by the people for the people. There was also a F-350 Chassis Cab for Berges Trenton Awning, an F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab 4×4 for Terry Tree Service, and more. If you want a true workhorse, choose the new Ford Super Duty.