Moby 1: All Terrain Teardrop Trailer

Teardrops were a common sight from the ’30s through the ’50s, but popularity faded as vehicles became larger, fuel was cheap, and recreational vehicles became supersized.

Moby1 C2 Compact/Cycle
Moby1 C2 Compact/Cycle

During recent years teardrop trailers have experienced a resurgence in popularity. In earlier articles I’ve reported on a variety of unique tear drop trailers including the Vistabule, Lil’ Snoozy, Safari Condo, and Eggcamper.

I further reported that off-road RVs—also known as all-terrain vehicles, expedition RVs, and overland vehicles—were increasing in popularity.

Built to traverse a rugged terrain in the backcountry, Xpedition RVs include Unicat TerraCross Expedition Vehicle, KiraVan, and EarthCruiser.

But teardrop trailers were not designed for rugged off-roading. That was until now. Enter Moby 1 Expedition Trailers. You can now explore the great outdoors on smooth paved roads or rocky off-road terrain in the foothills and beyond.

Moby1 was originally begun as a personal project in an effort to create a camping trailer small and light enough to be towed behind a motorcycle. After learning about teardrop trailers, seeing their practicality, and studying the construction, Ashley Grimes, the founder of Moby1, started collecting the materials to build his own.

Moby 1 trailers fill a number of roles with extra cargo space, a flexible load carrying platform, a meal preparation, and cooking station that will enable you to have more comfort, stay out longer, and be a more memorable experience. Whether you are coasting down the highway for a leisurely getaway or seeking adventure and exploring places far removed from civilization, a Moby1 Teardrop trailer can be fit to your lifestyle.

Moby1 RT Road Tour
Moby1 RT Road Tour

The Moby 1 is available in specific models for motorcycles, (mostly) on road use, off-road use, and use anywhere your vehicle can go.

Moby1 C2 Compact/Cycle

The C2 is a compact/cycle trailer, perfect behind a bike or small car. This model has a half galley with cabinets and a countertop workspace for cooking and cleanup, and interior cabinets in the cabin for storage of clothing and gear.

Base curb weight dry: 280-320 pounds

Width: 40 or 48 inches

Base prices start at $6,500

Moby1 RT Road Tour

The RT is a road touring teardrop trailer with standard size road tires. It is perfect for touring your favorite roads, getting to your traditional campgrounds, or even the occasional dirt road.

Moby1 XC Cross Country
Moby1 XC Cross Country

Standard features include one door, two 21×15 sliding tinted screen windows, full interior cabinetry, full galley with cooler tray and stove tray.

Base curb weight dry: 750 pounds

Width: 48 inches

Base prices start at $10,500

Moby1 XC Cross Country

The XC model is capable of touring your favorite paved roads or traveling cross country and off the beaten path to explore remote locations. XC Series offers rubber torsion suspension system, locking cabin doors with deadbolts, receiver tongue for multi axis couplers for unlimited off-road movement, and heavy duty frame.

Base curb weight dry: 1,200 pounds

Width: 48 inches

Base prices start at $14,500

Moby1 XTR

Moby1 XTR
Moby1 XTR

The XTR is built around the principle that one should be able to hook up their vehicle to a compact but fully self-contained trailer and head out into the wilderness and not look back.

XTR series features include a trailing A-arm coil spring suspension, 3,500-pound axles, adjustable shocks, expedition series cabinetry, and two locking cabin doors with deadbolt.

Base curb weight dry: 1,600 pounds

Width: 54 inches

Base prices start at $18,500

Details

Moby1 Expedition Trailers LLC

Address: 221 W 900 N, Springville, UT 84663

Phone: (801) 872-4054

Website: www. moby1trailers.com

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Outfit Your Truck For Off-Road Adventure

It doesn’t matter if you travel cross-country on month-long excursions or only have time to take weekend getaways with the family, your pickup truck can be outfitted for it all.

This Unimog U500 featured a Pangea Lifting Roof from Global Expedition Vehicles. (Courtesy John Cappa)
This Unimog U500 featured a Pangea Lifting Roof from Global Expedition Vehicles. (Courtesy John Cappa)

Years ago, we called it camping. Coleman tents, coolers, and cooktops were what most of us started with and what many of us still use.

Today, an entirely new vehicle and product niche has been created to cater to what is known as overlanding.

It’s still the same off-road adventure, but now the compact specialized gear and vehicles make it easier than ever to explore both on- and off-road.

One place to see what’s new in the off-road camp-gear industry is the Overland Expo West held annually in mid-May at Mormon Lake Lodge in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The May 2014 event was enjoyed by over 8,000 attendees from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 12 countries on five continents.

The 7th annual Overland Expo West is scheduled for May 15-17, 2015.

A second Overland Expo, the 1st annual Overland Expo East will be held at the private Taylor Ranch in Fletcher, North Carolina, 8 miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, October 3-5, 2014.

Pick Up Trucks attended the May 2014 event while testing the 2014 Ram Power Wagon and drooling over old trucks and equipment in the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town.

There was everything from efficient ice chests that keep food cool for weeks to $500,000 turnkey 4×4 campers ready for overseas adventure.

The rigid frame makes Lance a good choice when venturing off-road. Many different sizes and floor plans are available. (Courtesy John Cappa)
The rigid frame makes Lance a good choice when venturing off-road. Many different sizes and floor plans are available. (Courtesy John Cappa)

A Unimog U500 featured a Pangea Lifting Roof from Global Expedition Vehicles. The two-story camper has all the amenities of home and more, including two queen-sized beds, a microwave convection oven, teak wood paneling, composting toilet, heater, air conditioner, 140 gallons of fresh water, and a flameless diesel cooktop.

The Global Expedition Vehicle Turtle camper features a toilet, shower, sink, a dining area, and pretty much all the accessories you’d find in a modern day on-road camper. The Turtle can be mounted to the chassis of a Ford F-450 or F-550, Ram 4500 or 5500, or one of several other medium-duty 4×4 trucks.

Four Wheel Campers specializes in building durable aluminum-frame slide-in pop-up campers for pickup trucks. The top and waterproof fabric walls collapse for travel, offering more overhead trail clearance. There are many different models available that fit mini-trucks, half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-tons, and even flat beds.

If you’re into rooftop tents, James Baroud offers many hard shell tent and soft tent models that can be fitted to a roof- or bed-mounted rack. The elevated, collapsible hard-cased tents get you up and away from critters and fold up easily. Hard shell tents are available in numerous product lines including the Discovery Series (Discovery Evolution, Discovery Extreme Evolution, Discovery Space Evolution), Explorer Series, Grand Raid Series, and Evasion Series.

The XPCCamper replaces your pickup truck bed with a functional utility camper. The company offers campers for full-size and compact pickups. If you want more than just a camper, the company can create a complete turnkey package with bumpers, tires, wheels, and more, to make sure your truck is ready for any obstacles.

The Malayan HT from Tiger Adventure Vehicles replaces the bed of your pickup with a camper structure. (Courtesy John Cappa)
The Malayan HT from Tiger Adventure Vehicles replaces the bed of your pickup with a camper structure. (Courtesy John Cappa)

Hallmark Campers brought out several models of slide-in pop-up campers. Unlike many other campers, these can be ordered with different interior colors and other options.

Lance has been building America’s most popular truck campers since 1965. They feature a sturdy aluminum frame with pieces that fit together like a puzzle. The rigid frame makes Lance a good choice when venturing off-road. Many different sizes and floor plans are available.

The Host RV Mammoth triple-slide is a truck camper first. The spacious floor plan leaves little to be desired. At 3,360 pounds, you need quite a truck to haul it around, though. Host RV offers other camper sizes as well.

There wasn’t a big turnout of GM vehicles at the Overland Expo, but we did spot the Malayan HT from Tiger Adventure Vehicles. The Malayan HT replaces the bed of your pickup with a camper structure and features more headroom than some other Tiger conversions.

Details

The Global Expedition Vehicles Turtle camper features a toilet, shower, sink, a dining area and pretty much all the accessories you'd find in a modern day on-road camper. (Courtesy John Cappa)
The Global Expedition Vehicles Turtle camper features a toilet, shower, sink, a dining area and pretty much all the accessories you’d find in a modern day on-road camper. (Courtesy John Cappa)

Overland Expo/Exploring Overland

Overland Expo is the world’s most unique event for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts, with hundreds of session-hours of classes for 4-wheel-drive and adventure motorcycling, inspirational programs, the Overland Film Festival, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, food, and a large expo featuring over 150 vendors of adventure travel equipment, camping gear, bikes, vehicles, and services.

The 1st annual Overland Expo East will be held at the private Taylor Ranch in Fletcher, North Carolina, 8 miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, October 3-5, 2014.

The 7th annual Overland Expo West is scheduled for the Mormon Lake Lodge in Flagstaff, Arizona, May 15-17, 2015.

Address: 3400 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 118-138, Tucson, AZ 85716

Website: www.overlandexpo.com

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EarthCruiser Takes You Where No Other RV Can Go

In an earlier article I reported that the EarthCruiser, an extreme Australian adventure all-terrain recreational vehicle, was now available in the United States.

FUSO 4x4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)
FUSO 4×4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)

A high-profile business executive, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently took delivery of the first USA model, EarthCruiser announces.

In 2012, the Australian EarthCruiser team arrived in America, opening a new U.S.-based office located in Bend, Oregon. There are a few dozen of these vehicles already traveling to remote locations all over the globe.

Current EarthCruiser owners include wildlife photographers, hunters, surfers, rock climbers, adventure seekers, and corporations needing 4×4 capable RVs. The vehicle is also in demand by eco and volunteer travelers who are doing everything from delivering medical supplies to remote locations, teaching children, repairing endangered reefs, and a wide variety of outreach programs, according to a EarthCruiser news release.
“People all over the world are tired of the normal vacation,” explains EarthCruiser executive Lance Gillies.

“This is NOT your typical camper! This is a serious self-contained, all-terrain expedition vehicle that has been tested in extreme conditions all over the world. It’s been designed to take you where no other RV can, places that most people only read about in magazines.”
With vehicles now being purchased by Americans, the U.S. office for EarthCruiser can finalize plans for manufacturing at their Bend, Oregon, location.

Engineering behind the Earthcruiser was developed from the world traveling experiences of the company’s founders. The diesel powered exploration vehicle can be driven directly into, and shipped anywhere around the globe in a standard freight container.

FUSO 4x4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)
FUSO 4×4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)

It is capable of negotiating everything from long-distance desert crossings, snow covered terrain, or miles of challenging rock covered off-road trails. The “goat-like” capabilities come courtesy of an ability to handle extreme front and rear departure angles, the specially designed suspension system, and an aggressive wheel/tire combination.

The vehicle is built on a Mitsubishi Fuso 4×4 truck chassis, which once transformed, provides excellent power-to-weight ratio and economical fuel consumption, according to the news release. The Fuso cab offers plenty of space, easy-to-read instruments, while the position of the cab’s large windshield provides panoramic views and excellent visibility of approaching terrain.

Using design techniques from the yachting industry, the interior is strategically designed using light colored, all-fiberglass cabinetry and large windows that make the bright living area feel spacious. Quality appliances, hot and cold shower, toilet, ergonomic kitchen, plentiful storage, and a full size double bed keep the explorers comfortable.

The walls and roof are constructed from a temperature-insulating and super-durable fiberglass composite. Its solar panel system can sustain travelers for up to ten days and the vehicle is fitted with the only water purification unit in the world that has been independently certified to meet world EPA health standards.

Details

EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd

FUSO 4x4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle interior. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)
FUSO 4×4 camper EarthCruiser Expedition vehicle interior. (Credit: earthcruiser.com)

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 our 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.

Phone: +61 7 3358 1011

Location: Lear Jet Drive Caboolture, P.O. Box 2602, Fortitude Valley BC Queensland, Australia

U.S. Sales and Service

Location: Bend, Oregon

Phone: (503) 688 3345

Website: earthcruiser.com.au

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EarthCruiser Now Available in U.S.

The EarthCruiser, a popular Australian adventure all-terrain vehicle, is now arrived in the United States.

EarthCruiser adventure all-terrain vehicle.

EarthCruiser is a self-contained, all-terrain expedition recreational vehicle, on the U.S. Fuso 4×4 chassis, capable of long-distance desert crossings, negotiating frigid snow-covered terrain, and miles of challenging rock-covered mountain trails, according to a news release.

“This vehicle is not for everyone,” said EarthCruiser executive Lance Gillies.

“This is a serious expedition vehicle that can take people to places that no other RV can, places they’ve only seen in magazines.”

According to Gillies who recently opened the U.S. office for EarthCruiser, in Bend, Oregon, an EarthCruiser provides a great opportunity for U.S residents to see and explore the nation’s beautiful and remote regions.

“Part of our challenge will be to really educate extreme travelers about the vehicle’s amazing capabilities,” says Gillies.

“Once the real adventure seekers understand how comfortably they can travel to locations they never had access to before, the excitement should spread quickly.”

EarthCruiser adventure all-terrain vehicle.

EarthCruiser’s global customers have been driving them directly into freight containers and shipping them to travel locations around the world.

Current international owners of the EarthCruiser include wildlife photographers, hunters, rock climbers, and other extreme adventure seekers.

The vehicle is also in demand by eco and volunteer travelers who do everything from delivering medical supplies to remote villages, teaching children, repairing endangered reefs, and a wide variety of outreach programs all over the globe.

The interior of this mobile adventure home is designed using light colored all fiberglass cabinetry and large windows that make the living area feel spacious and bright.

Quality appliances, hot and cold shower, toilet, ergonomic kitchen, plentiful storage, and full size double bed make for comfortable living.

The effective use of solar paneling, a diesel water heater, and other proven technology permits extended travel and isolated stays both relaxing and enjoyable.

The advantages of roaming the globe in EarthCruiser include:

  • Free and secure accommodation
  • Good high driving position for sightseeing and safe touring
  • Capability of handling a variety of terrain in comfort
  • Great fuel economy and good distance achievable between fuel stops
  • Self-sufficient in every respect—no power connections needed
  • Comfortable on road and at the end of the day
  • The size of the vehicle is not too pretentious

Details

EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd

EarthCruiser adventure all-terrain vehicle.

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 our 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.

Phone: +61 7 3358 1011

Location: Lear Jet Drive Caboolture, P.O. Box 2602, Fortitude Valley BC Queensland, Australia

U.S. Sales and Service

Location: Bend, Oregon

Phone: (503) 688 3345

Website: earthcruiser.com.au

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Worth Pondering…

The journey is difficult, immense. We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.

—Loren Eiseley

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