Family harassed over camping spot gets truck makeover from ‘Diesel Brothers’

Jul 3, 2018, 9:46 PM | Updated: Mar 9, 2021, 9:21 am

MORGAN, Utah – Pulling off a dirt road in the distance, Jose Caballero’s truck was unrecognizable even to him Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s that one,” he asked, perplexed. “Are you sure?”

Star of Discovery Channel’s “Diesel Brothers”, Dave Sparks, better known as “Heavy D,” took on the project after seeing a YouTube video that showed the Caballero family apparently being harassed after their truck broke down in a camping spot.

From left: “The Muscle,” “Diesel Dave,” Jose Caballero, and “Heavy D,” look over Caballero’s newly-made over truck.

“It just really struck a nerve with me,” Sparks said. “And as it turns out, when I started talking to my guys at the shop, my partners in the business, it struck a nerve with them as well.”

After sharing his intentions to fix up Caballero’s truck in a Facebook video, Sparks said, people and businesses from around the world reached out to him to pitch in.

“It snowballed into this insanely big project,” Sparks said. “We took that base truck, which had you know, good bones and we basically just spun it into something brand new.”

Caballero’s 2006 Ford F350 received several new components, including a new body. It is way beyond what he expected.

“I think it’s too much,” he said.

His son, Jose Jr. later elaborated.

“My dad was just hoping to make it better would be a new tire, because it popped,” Caballero said. “This is more than that.”

Camping trailer, buggy, kayaks, and cooler were all donated by businesses touched by Caballero’s negative experience.

The truck was only the beginning of the surprises the Diesel Brothers had in store Tuesday. Another quick ride up a dirt road, and Caballero and his family were shown a brand new camping trailer, off-road buggy, kayaks, and a trailer to tow it all.

“I want to say thank you to everybody. Because a lot of people… they worked hard on that truck,” Caballero said. “We got good people here in Utah.”

Sparks, however, adds that the generosity came from well beyond Utah’s borders.

“(It’s) not only the Utah mentality, but the American mentality,” Sparks said. “This is: help your neighbor. Be a Good Samaritan when you can. And the experience that Jose had before, that’s not America. What you’re seeing now, this is America.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Zachary Crane and Gabriella Arnold, two students who had their tests destroyed....
Debbie Worthen

High school students retake AP tests after school mix up destroyed them

Two dozen Green Canyon High School students in North Logan won’t get credit for AP tests they took last May as the tests were mistakenly destroyed in transit.
1 day ago
Photo illustration (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)...
Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: Your credit card can up your interest rate without telling you

If your credit card company raises your interest rate even just a little bit, it could have a significant impact on how long it takes you to get out of debt. A relatively new law means your credit card company can do just that and they do not even have to give you the heads up.
1 day ago
Police closing the road of Mountain View Corridor and 9000 South after an accident. (UDOT)...
Michael Houck

Three vehicle crash closes Mountain View Corridor, one passenger ejected

Police closed a portion of Mountain View Corridor after a three-vehicle crash Tuesday night.
1 day ago
Kevin Linford (Facebook)...
Michael Houck & Andrew Adams

Additional charges filed for Utah business owner accused of sexually assaulting two women

The Utah business owner arrested for assaulting two women at a party is facing additional sexual assault charges.
1 day ago
The sewer line rapid assessment tool or SL-RAT in use in a Salt Lake City street,...
Shelby Lofton

Singing sewer technology saves water for Utah

Singing technology is being used underground across Utah, saving the state a lot of water.
1 day ago
A holy bible and crucifix rest atop the United States Constitution and American flag, which is embl...
Canice Madsen & Boyd Matheson

‘A More Perfect Union’: Upholding the Constitution

Many people from across the political spectrum believe the Constitution is in crisis. In the upcoming KSL Special ‘A More Perfect Union', Boyd Matheson takes a closer look at how we as individuals can uphold the guiding principles of the Constitution.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Family harassed over camping spot gets truck makeover from ‘Diesel Brothers’