The Earthroamer XV-HD is an impressive overland machine built in Colorado by EarthRoamer, a company that’s been ‘redefining luxury camping and overland travel’ since 1998 with their solar/diesel hybrid, four-wheel drive Xpedition Vehicles (XVs).
The base platform for this moving home comes from a four-wheel-drive Ford F-750 truck and it’s powered by Ford’s 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V8. It’s not clear which version is fitted, but the 2017 engine produces 328kW and 1254Nm of torque.
The XV-HD gets a whole lot of upgrades from the standard Ford truck, which include, packs rear air suspension with Fox shocks, hydraulic leveling, a hydraulic Warn winch and a full LED light array from Baja Designs. The XV-HD rides on 46-inch Michelin XZL tyres and because it is intended to function independently for a while, it also has 2 100 watts of solar capability, a 20 000-watt lithium-ion battery bank, a hydraulic generator, a 250-gallon (946-litre) water tank and a 115-gallon (435-litre) fuel tank.
Despite the vehicle’s ability to transport you to rugged places, the interior is far from rustic. Instead, it has been luxuriously kitted out with wood panelling, leather and stainless steel.
The XV-HD comes with heated flooring, a Bose surround sound system and is fitted with a full, but compact, kitchen, a full bathroom with a separate shower, a washing machine and tumble dryer. There are various options for the inside trim and a full gallery on the company’s website.
Not being your average 4×4 it doesn’t come at an average price. To own one of these will set you back R21-million ($1.5 million each) and require a R5 322 000 ($375,000) deposit to reserve one.