Ford F-550 Based EarthRoamers
EarthRoamer XV-LTs are designed to look good, but there is brawn to match the beauty and the beauty is more than skin deep. EarthRoamer XV-LTs are built on four wheel drive, turbo diesel powered, Ford F-550, commercial duty cab chassis trucks. With a 19,500 pound gross vehicle weight rating and up to a 12,500 pound towing capacity, you can bring all your toys with you. In its standard configuration, EarthRoamer XV-LTs are designed to accommodate from two to eight adventurers comfortably depending on the cab and camper body chosen.
Three different Ford cabs are available (Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab) and thee different camper body lengths are available (LT, LT Stretch and LT Super Stretch ) for a total of seven different EarthRoamer XV-LT variations.
Launch of the First Xpedition Vehicle
EarthRoamer began designing and building the EarthRoamer XV-LT prototype in late 2002 and launched this revolutionary vehicle at Ford’s 100th anniversary celebration in Detroit, Michigan in 2003. With features like a molded composite body, massive solar panel array and ground-up design for all weather, rough road, stand-alone operation, the XV-LT instantly defined a new class of vehicle – an Xpedition Vehicle or XV.
The RV Industry – Who can build the biggest, cheapest box?
By 2003 when the EarthRoamer XV-LT was launched, the RV industry had become a contest of “who can build the biggest, cheapest box?” Much like the U.S. auto industry in the 1970’s, quality, value and functionality were virtually nonexistent. Typical RVs are designed for fair weather camping and smooth road driving from RV park to RV park where they would hook up to water, sewer and power umbilical cords. We were not interested in driving bloated, poorly constructed vehicles that had all the styling of a tool shed, only to end up camping in a packed RV park indistinguishable from a Wal-Mart parking lot. This was not the “lifestyle” for us and we believed there were many others like us. We wanted to discover remote lakes in the mountains and explore exotic desert landscapes. We wanted to camp under clear starry skies, hear the sound of silence and immerse ourselves in the pulse of nature.
Enter the EarthRoamer XV-LT
For our first EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicle design we wanted a vehicle small enough to go places but big enough to be comfortable. We wanted it to be “rough and ready” on the outside but “classy and comfortable” on the inside. We wanted a vehicle that could be used year round in all weather conditions, drive equally well at both highway speeds and off road, and provide all of the comforts of home with plenty of available power and water. We wanted it to be fully functional for extended camping periods in remote locations – and as if that wasn’t enough – we wanted it to look good!
Early on we decided that there were plenty of companies building big, cheap boxes on wheels – that market was of no interest to us. EarthRoamer would design and hand craft the absolute best Xpedition Vehicles possible using the most innovative products and technologies. If there were other people that believed as we did and there was a market for a well designed, high quality, highly functional Xpedition Vehicle, we would have a business. We knew our Xpedition Vehicles would not be cheap – after all molded composite bodies, high quality marine-grade components, innovative technologies, advanced engineering, cutting edge design and hand craftsmanship don’t come cheap – but we believed we could provide value that intelligent, discriminating customers would appreciate and embrace. Fortunately, we struck a chord and discovered that there are many others who share our “no compromise” philosophy and we now have over 125 EarthRoamer XV-LTs on the road making it the most successful Xpedition Vehicle design in the world.