Home on the Range with Earthroamer XV-HD
By Tony Franklin on August 22, 2018
The new trend in driving is getting the off-road experience. This kind of sport does not come with safety harnesses or concession stands. It is the kind of sport where people are leaving civilization and taking everything they need with them in their vehicle. It is survival on steroids - and that is what this rugged Ford called the Earthroamer XV-HD looks like.
Originally based off the F-550 XV-LTS, the new XV-HD uses an F-750 chassis. Its 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 has a monstrous 725 pound-feet of torque (or 983 Newton-meters) for tearing out stumps or anything else that gets in your way in the wilderness. It is a six-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive so you won’t get stuck in the mud. It can fit extra tough 46-inch Michelin XLZ tires to help blaze your trail and rear air suspension with Fox shocks and hydraulic leveling to keep you from noticing just how much terrain you are tearing through. In dire circumstances, it comes with a 30,000-pound winch attached to the front of the vehicle.
The Earthroamer is more than just a monster truck though. When you reach camp, there is plenty of room to hold six people in the camper, and the floorplans for these are custom-made. Some of the standard equipment in them include a shower, a washer and dryer, a full kitchen, and radiant floor heating. You can wow your fellow campers with your classy kitchen’s stone countertops, modern stainless steel appliances, and dark-stained wooden cabinets. If you don’t look outside, you may feel like you are staying in a hotel. The Earthroamer also comes equipped with a Bose Surround Sound entertainment suite which lets you bring the party wherever you roam.
How far can the Earthroamer travel out into the badlands? It carries 115 gallons of diesel fuel (435 liters) and can hold up to 250 gallons of water (946 liters) for drinking, cleaning, cooking, or other needs. Also, it comes equipped with a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and has 2100 watts of solar cells located on the roof to keep the power going long after you turn the engine off. The XV-HD can travel quite far off the beaten track without trouble.
There are three units of the Earthroamer XV-HD being constructed now, and there are more on order. If you are looking to get behind the wheel of one of these massive homes on the range, you will have to wait until the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. Be prepared to bring some heavy cash though. The XV-HD costs $1.5 million dollars, and you will need to put down $375,000 as your deposit for it.