If you have dreams of a cushy itinerant existence, tapping into the internet long enough to collect a fat paycheck before moving on from Austin to Taos on your way, at some point, to Paso Robles, then you’ll want to check out EarthRoamer’s newest offering for those whose four-wheeled dreams come in the shape of highway and wilderness travel-logs.
The XV-HD represents, at this particular point in time anyway, the pinnacle of the craft for the folks at EarthRoamer. Last spring, we had a look at the company’s XV-LTS, which uses a Ford F-550 for a foundation, sleeping accommodations for up to 4, and a suite of nifty features that includes optional active solar power (panels on the roof). This time around, the designers expanded their vision a little, and gave the marketplace their own dream camper van, building on a massive F-750 chassis, and the XV-HD can sleep up to six.
The interiors are as cool as ever. The representative XV-LTS featured a design blend of nouveau-space shuttle and high-end condominium. This time around, the feel is rustic urbane, Wyoming by way of Tribeca, although the design team at EarthRoamer will customize any model’s interiors as desired.
The layout of the XV-HD manages to incorporate a step-up design for dining and living areas, a stand-up rainfall shower finished in stone and tile, and even a washer/dryer. Like its smaller older brother, the HD is outfitted with active solar and a compliment of lithium-ion batteries; it also receives a PTO genny for emergencies.
As usual, the build quality is bulletproof, and this larger EarthRoamer looks just as suited to off-road exploration as previous models. It’s as heavy as it looks, but that’s where the Ford 6.7L turbo diesel V8 comes in.
It’s as expensive as it looks, too. It’ll cost you $1.5 million to start exploring the road less traveled in this borderline spectacular and not-so-little home-away-from-home.