Remember when bigger is better ruled the land in the world of pickup trucks? Back in the 1990s and the early 2000s, it was cool to be big, and the bigger and badder you made something, the higher the chances of it selling like proverbial hotcakes at your local dealership. Pickups (especially custom offerings) were prominent examples of this, and while a renewed focus on fuel economy and luxury has pushed the quest for supersizing on the back burner, that hasn’t stopped a few intrepid truck owners from pushing the boundaries even further.
One such example can be found in the United Arab Emirates, and this one-of-a-kind custom certainly did a good job of catching our attention during our weekly rounds on Instagram. Posted by user shhamadbinhamdan, he is better known as Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahayan, and the wealthy gentleman runs an off-road museum of sorts in the country. Nahayan has even managed to nab a Guinness World Record for having the largest collection of off-road vehicles (impressive.)
But back to the truck featured, and it’s quite a sight for the eyes. Starting life as a Ram 4500 model, the truck has been outfitted with a massive 16-foot-long custom bed, which is vastly larger than what came stock from the factory. The addition of the gigantic bed required an equally massive stretch in wheelbase, with the truck being outfitted with a revised 205-inch setup that causes it to stretch into a 17-foot-long monster. A bed of this magnitude certainly has the potential to be used for a wide range of purposes, and it appears Nahayan is well aware of this fact, with the Sheikh actually releasing a separate post that showcases the truck being used as a 16 foot long swimming pool.
While this particular use is a bad idea in practice due to the extreme stress and the sheer weight that the rear suspension of the truck has to endure to accommodate your mobile hot tub fantasies, we suspect a bed like this would be a welcome sight at tailgate parties, where the truck could serve as a one of a kind jack-of-all-trades that could not only accommodate a vast food selection but also have the size to handle a large TV and accompanying sound system.
Providing the muscle needed to move all of this mass is the familiar 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, which should also come in handy in the event the Ram is tasked with towing (it does feature a rear-mounted hitch and receiver.)
With the museum specializing in off-road vehicles, the Ram is naturally outfitted with 4×4 capability, but look for the extreme length of the bed to limit this particular custom to lighter sections of trail, versus the rougher terrains that are traversed by some of the other members of the collection.
It’s unknown who built the truck before it came into Nahayan’s possession, but it appears that they were very skilled considering the massive amounts of electrical, body and mechanical work that went into helping it keep a pure almost from the factory look. We also recommend checking out some of the other off-road curiosities that are in Nahayan’s collection on Instagram including what’s dubbed the “largest SUV in the world.”