Expedition Vehicle

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Year & Model: 2006 EarthRoamer XV
Manufacturer: EarthRoamer
RV Type: class C motor home

The first time I set eyes on the EarthRoamer XV, I thought it was a truck camper mounted on a Ford truck. Judging from the profile, it very much resembles a slide-in, but at closer examination it becomes apparent that the truck bed is missing and the camper is a permanent fixture.

EarthRoamer XV motor home built on the Ford F-450 or F-550 Super Duty chassis.

EarthRoamer XV motor home built on the Ford F-450 or F-550 Super Duty chassis.

Photo courtesy of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles

The EarthRoamer is a class C motor home built on a Ford F-450 or F-550 Super Duty chassis, complete with a passage from the living quarters to the cab.

Building a class C motor home on a medium duty truck chassis has several advantages over the more common van chassis, such as a sturdier frame suitable for rough terrain, more spacious cab, larger engine compartment to lessen noise and for easier servicing, and higher ground clearance, just to name a few.

Inside, the list of amenities is well thought out for expeditions taken in comfort. Two of the most unique features are the all-diesel appliances and the cassette style black tank, capable of being emptied not only at designated RV dump stations, but at regular toilets as well.

Interior view of the EarthRoamer XV class C motor home.

Interior view of the EarthRoamer XV class C motor home.

Photo courtesy of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles

I'll let you read the complete list of features on the EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles web site.

The more I read about the EarthRoamer, the more I wanted one! Now I just have to convince my wife to trade in our fulltimer fifth wheel for an XV.

If you own one of these machines and wouldn't mind me drooling on it, please drop me a line next time you are passing through southern Oregon.

--Charlie