Over 1,200 recreational vehicles were on display at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from September 11-13.
Attendees kicked the tires of RVs, and there seemed to be just as many buyers looking to travel dirt roads as those who prefer to stay on the pavement, according to a EarthCruiser USA news release.
One vehicle, called the “Outback Explorer,” is a rugged RV engineered from the DNA of the famous EarthCruiser Expedition RV, originally designed and tested on some of the most challenging terrain in Australia.
The new Outback is being manufactured in the U.S. at HOST Industries in Bend, Oregon.
“Every month, the Outback gets more popular,” explained vehicle developer Lance Gillies. “Americans are interested in adventure travel. The Outback is very capable, comfortable, affordable, and can take them to places they could never drive in a typical RV.”
Based on the Mitsubishi Fuso 4×4 chassis, the vehicle is priced near $140,000.
The rugged rig provides users with exceptional reliability and class leading fuel economy courtesy of the DOHC, 4-cylinder diesel engine, according to the news release.
“We’re thrilled to see the growing popularity of this style of RV,” says Mike Rumsey, VP of sales for Fuso trucks of America.
“There’s an active group of American travelers who are not interested in the same RV experience as their parents or grandparents. The Outback Explorer uses new vehicle technology and engineering of our chassis to take people to new and exciting destinations. It’s an awesome choice for active travelers.”
The vehicle employs Mitsubishi’s Duonic transmission, which supplies continuous power to all four wheels to help maintain maximum traction along with the vehicle’s kinetic mounting system for long camper life and a comfortable ride.
During the Hershey RV Show, EarthCruiser USA demonstrated this system by driving one wheel of the Outback onto a spare tire. Even with one wheel elevated, the RV’s living area remained perfectly level and the slide-outs operated flawlessly.
The basic box section, all welded aluminum and fiberglass camper shell, incorporates two opposing lateral slides, one for the kitchen and the other for the dinette, and includes plenty of amenities, plus interior and exterior storage.
As buyers inspected the Outback Explorer, the popular comment was, “This is just plain cool!”
Base weight (wet): 11,500 pounds
Width: 7 feet, 3 inches
Exterior Height w/o A/C: 10 feet, 2 inches
Interior Height: 6 feet, 8 inches
Floor Length: 14 feet, 8 inches
Overall Length not including accessories: 19 feet, 10 inches
Fresh Water Capacity: 76 gallons
Grey Water Capacity: 23 gallons
Black Water Capacity: Thetford cassette toilet with a 5 gallon portable holding tank
LPG Capacity: 10 gallons
Furnace: 30,000 BTU
EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd
EarthCruiser is purpose built by EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd., a company owned and operated by individuals with over 25 years experience in their respective fields.
Earthcruiser was originally designed to meet specific needs for an overland expedition vehicle that could go anywhere and was comfortable enough for two people to live for extended periods of time.
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