A challenge was brought forth within the parent company that owns Sportsmobile West in Fresno, California, a company known for its four-wheel-drive vans built for off-road adventure with RV amenities inside.
The challenge: to engineer and design an all-terrain vehicle, that would be a totally self-contained home on wheels; that can go anywhere in any kind of climate, and sustain stand-alone RV-style camping where all of the creature comforts would be available, be it in the jungles of Peru, Africa’s savannah, Uzbekistan, or Siberia. It was to be a vehicle that would support the user wherever he elected to go, according to Motor Trends.
All Terrain Warriors USA stepped up to the plate and answered the call. The list of challenges they would address during the design and engineering phases of this project involved several key line items.
Each unit had to be built so it was homologated (meets all of the licensing and emissions requirements of the country where it would be registered and licensed).
The unit had to be able to sustain long periods of stand-alone use and be able to navigate for days on end. There had to be a way to work around being stranded, should the diesel fuel stop, or happened to be contaminated. A key challenge was that the unit needed to have the capability of turning questionable water sources into potable water and do so in huge quantities. The chassis needed to be a worldwide brand, internationally serviceable, and powered by a 4×4 Diesel.
Residential appliances needed to use diesel as their fuel source (heating, hot water, cooktop), and the HVAC systems had to accommodate hot, muggy jungle climates as well as the challenges faced when roving the tundra in December.
Another challenge was to build this vehicle as a hard-sided unit, which could fit in a cargo container, allowing shipping worldwide. Under-the-chassis clearance for all-terrain travel was an obvious essential. All Terrain Warriors USA successfully achieved all of these points with the all-new Bravo model, according to Motor Trends.
Mitsubishi’s Fuso became the chassis of choice for the Bravo. Its GVWR is rated at 14,050 pounds, and with the dry weight of the first concept Bravo completed tipping the scales at 7900 pounds, this means a total cargo payload capacity for fuel, water, and gear of 6150 pounds.
The factory 3.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel delivers 161 hp at 3500 rpm and yields 295 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. The Fuso chassis’ GCWR is rated at 21,765 pounds, which means it can tow 7715 pounds above and beyond the GVWR.
Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, this Fuso chassis comes equipped with a high range exhaust brake, and factory 4WD that features outside front locking hubs that when locked permit the vehicle to reach and sustain highway speeds of 55 mph without unlocking them.
All Terrain Warriors USA teamed up with All Terrain Warriors of Australia, where the suspension and single rear wheels measure 35.4 inches tall and are rated at 6395 pounds at 110 psi.
The integrity of the 33-gallon factory fuel tank has not been compromised. Instead, a 30-gallon auxiliary diesel fuel tank has been added mid-center, underneath the chassis. The aux tank becomes the fuel source for everything except the factory diesel truck engine. If fuel is needed to operate the truck engine, an electric transfer pump and a handheld nozzle delivers pumped fuel from the aux tank to the fill cap of the main truck chassis tank. With an estimated fuel economy of 13 to 15 mpg, the Bravo has a range of about 900 miles.
The water purification system is manufactured by 3M and was designed specifically for recreational vehicles.
For the cabin, the company adds solid walls with windows; even with windows, the unit is impenetrable when travel ready. To use the living quarters, latches are unlocked at each corner of the cabin and at the touch of two switches (one delivers electrical power to motors at the front of the cabin to raise it and motors to raise the rear), the roof is raised to an interior height of 6 feet, 3 inches.
With the roof lowered, it’s impossible to break through the windows to get inside, because behind the windows is another fiberglass wall. With the roof raised for use, the windows also raise and are out of reach or view by those walking past.
With the roof raised, there is a front porch, and a staircase that pulls out from the side of coach leads up to the porch and is attached. To complete camp setup from the porch, the top half of the cabin is pushed aft to create the full interior living quarters. A crank-out awning can be extended over the porch, railing installed, and a removable table placed for use on the porch area, according to Motor Trends.
The living quarters include a full galley with a hot- and cold-running-water galley sink, microwave oven, cooktop, refrigerator, dinette (which can be made into a bed), and a queen size bed at the rear of the cabin. A full bath with shower and a marine cassette style toilet are sequestered in their own private area. A variable speed Fantastic Fan ventilates the inside of the cabin, and windows that open and close let you tailor the direction from which the cool outside air can be drawn. A 26-inch flat-screen television is an option.
For primitive camping without sacrificing creature comforts, a 4-kW diesel generator can power everything onboard including the 12,000-BTU air conditioner that’s mounted in the unit’s basement. A 2000-watt inverter powers everything else that’s 110-volt, from the two house batteries. Six exterior storage bays yield 24 cubic feet of cargo space. The production Bravo will feature coach-wide pass-through storage.
The estimated MSRP of the Bravo model will be between $125,000 and $150,000, depending on options.
All Terrain Warriors USA
All Terrain Warriors has over 25 years involvement in the 4×4 off-road truck, motorhome, RV and bus industry and are widely recognized as the world leaders in the conversion and modification of 4×4 Fuso FG off-road trucks for both commercial and private use.
Address: 3631 S Bagley Ave. Fresno, CA 93725
Phone: (559) 233-8267
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