How far can you travel on 90 gallons of gas? That’s a key question if you’re bugging out or trying to survive in the wilderness!
In the EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle, you could get more than 1,000 miles from home before you have to fill up your tank. With another 90 gallons of water and solar panels on board, you’ll be self-sufficient in all of your travels, whether you stay on the road or decide to blaze your own trail.
Two main features separate the EarthRoamer from the other RVs you’ve seen traveling the roads, says EarthRoamer’s president and CEO, Bill Swails. “When I originally designed it, I wanted a vehicle that had the off-road capability to get to very remote places such as four-wheel drive trails and places that typical RVs just aren’t designed to go,” he says. “Secondly, once you get to those remote locations, I wanted it to be a totally standalone vehicle—shelter, cooking and bathroom would all be built-in without the need for hookups.”
Whereas a traditional RV needs power, water and sewer hookups, the EarthRoamer is designed to visit remote locations using its standalone solar power and high capacity water and fuel tanks.
EarthRoamer vehicles run on turbocharged diesel engines, and diesel fuel is also used for the stove’s cooking requirements.
Owners of 2011 and newer EarthRoamer vehicles have reported that they’ve achieved mileage in the 11 to 12 mpg range while on the highway, which is typically better than most competing RVs.
“The biggest factor of how long you can be out in the EarthRoamer is how long you can make that 90 gallons of water last,” Swails says. “If someone takes a long shower, they could pump out 90 gallons all at once, but most survivalists are able to go a week or two—or longer with the 90-gallon tank.”
“We have one customer who likes to go to Baja and camp on the beach,” Swails says. “He gets plenty to eat from fishing, so we created a vehicle that pumps water in from the ocean, has a special unit that’s powered by the solar panels that takes salt out of the water and makes fresh water for him, so he can stay in the vehicle indefinitely since it’s parked and doesn’t require more gas.”
If you’re interested in finding your way off-road in an EarthRoamer, you won’t just pluck one off the shelf. “Every EarthRoamer is built for the user,” Swails says. “We have several base layouts and basic interior configurations, and then we tailor the vehicle to meet the needs of the individual.”
THE XV-LT MODEL
EarthRoamer’s XV-LTS model is based on a four-wheel-drive Ford F-550 commercial duty truck chassis and has seven model configurations that include the following customizable features:
Two Ford cabs available: The Super Cab and Crew Cab
Five floorplans are offered to accommodate a variety of preferences
6-speed automatic transmission
Length: 29 feet
Maximum Height: 12 feet
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 19,500 pounds
THE XV-HD MODEL
The bigger EarthRoamer XV-HD model is based on a four-wheel-drive Ford F-750 commercial duty truck chassis. Its larger size allows you to take more gear farther off-road for longer periods of time. This model has the following possible configurations:
The cab trim is Ford’s King Ranch option
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 33,000 pounds
Height: 13 feet, 6 inches
Fresh water capacity: 250 gallons
Fuel capacity: 115 gallons
A one-piece molded composite body requiring no internal metal structure for support, allowing it to be highly durable and equal in quality to a luxury aircraft.