SUPER SLIDER | Light Truck Review – Earthcruiser

EarthCruiser, one of the leading global suppliers for off-road adventure camper vehicles, has increased its product range to include the highly versatile Express XPS slide-on camper unit for utes and pickups.

The Express XPS slide-on camper unit brings all the well-proven go-anywhere characteristics of the ultimate EarthCruiser camper design to vehicle owners looking for the versatility of using their own base vehicle to experience the ultimate travel experience.

Spearheading the product range, the Express XPS unit has been designed to fit most utes and pickups available in Australia, whether fitted with a ute tub or tray body. Models are available to suit single-cab, space-cab and dual-cab 4×2 and 4×4 host vehicles, bringing the affordability of the EarthCruiser design to the average recreational family.

The one-piece, fully moulded, slide-on camper body construction weighs in from just 280 kg, and features fully-insulated, thermal foam wall construction for strength and protection from whatever weather conditions may be encountered.

The versatility and efficiency of the Express XPS design enables the camper body to be transported over any terrain, with ability only dictated by the host vehicle. On arrival it can then be demounted to form the centre of the campsite, while the vehicle can then be used for daily exploration.

The interior specification is limited only by the vehicle configuration, with larger Express XPS models soon to become available for the latest North American remanufactured pickup trucks from ASV and HSV now available in Australia.

Interior height dimensions of up to 1980 mm with the elevating roof complement integrated awnings to extend the hospitality area, linking the interior comfort and practicality with the outside adventure.

Home comforts include an internal shower and toilet, plus a supplementary external shower unit for those moments of travel solitude. A stainless-steel sink and diesel-fuelled cooker, 70-litre fridge with freezer, mains electricity inverter, diesel-fuelled interior heater, fresh water tanks and solar panels all contribute to luxury and independence on a grand scale, even in the middle of nowhere.

Sleeping accommodation for up to four (dependent on model), with a 1350 x 2000 mm double bed plus a dinette that also converts to a second double bed or two individual berths, means an end to sleeping rough on the ground.

With the release of the Express XPS slide-on camper, EarthCruiser has redefined this segment of the camping/caravan market through its innovative and versatile designs. It’s the first truly universal option for those already owning their vehicle to experience luxury and reliability when off-road, without the hassle of towing a trailer.

With exceptional storage areas and clever design, the EarthCruiser team has once again shown its unique ability to create luxury and comfort for remote area travel. Prices start from $79,800 for the Express XPS, with a selection of specifications to suit all budgets and requirements.

For those adventurers that want to seek greater solitude, and still enjoy their creature comforts in the most remote areas, EarthCruiser has some additional very impressive alternatives.

Based on the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430, the EarthCruiser Explorer is a purpose-built 4×4 all-terrain expedition motorhome, with chassis-mounted tank capacity for 860 litres of water and 800 litres of fuel.

Able to combat extremes of heat and cold, and with a fuel range of up to 3500 km, the Unimog EarthCruiser is available with manual or automated manual transmissions and in two versions, the XPR440 with its overall length of 4.4 metres, and the XPR380, which at an overall length of 3.8 metres, provides sufficient space to rear mount a motor cycle.

Systems control of up to 140 functions are managed via an iPad touchscreen to oversee run-flat tyres, central tyre inflation and deflation systems, tyre pressure monitoring systems and a four-point hydraulic jacking system that raises a tyre and rim assembly off the ground when a change is required,

Standard safety and performance features include four-wheel coil spring suspension with disc brakes, ultra-low off-road gear ratio selection, heated tanks, batteries, pumps and water supply, a 212-litre capacity fridge/freezer plus secondary 68-litre fridge freezer, front and rear-mounted 24-volt electric winches, each rated at 20,000 lb, seating for five (including the driver), queen-sized bed or twin-bed options, two sky-beds, a 240-volt exterior mounted BBQ, together with chainsaw and axe.

In addition to the standard inclusion of telematics with satellite tracking and monitoring, vision from five externally-mounted cameras provide 45 days recording in real time, which may be viewed globally.

Reducing in size, but not in ability, the G-Pro Escape model is based on the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.

With maximum power of 135 kW and with peak torque rated at 400 Nm mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the G-Pro Escape features front, centre and rear differential locks with uprated shock absorbers, an onboard air compressor, individual 250-litre tanks for fuel and water, and an upright 122-litre capacity fridge/freezer.

Lithium battery technology powers all requirements and recharges the electrical systems through solar panels when stationary, or via the 120-amp vehicle alternator system when mobile.

Home comforts include air conditioning, an internal shower and toilet, plus a supplementary external shower. A double bed, plus a sky bed option that sleeps three, means an end to sleeping rough on the ground. Catering requirements are solved by a diesel-fuelled cooker.

The G-Pro Escape includes the same telematics with satellite tracking and monitoring system as its big brother, and, when you choose to communicate, the options include an 80-channel UHF radio, with a DVR/GPS/4G solid-state cellular hot spot (through its 6-dba gain antenna).

Charting your progress is also made easy, with the onboard navigation system preloaded with Hema mapping, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity.

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