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Off-Roading Gets an Opulent Upgrade in an EarthRoamer

Katie Shapiro | June 11, 2019 | Lifestyle Feature


When the going price for a home on wheels exceeds the cost of the majority of residences on land, the result is an expedition vehicle outfitted in ultimate luxury—and power. Topping out at $1.5 million for its HV-HD model, EarthRoamer has emerged as the gold standard in go-anywhere campers, engineered to travel completely off-grid for weeks at a time thanks to a hybrid design featuring up to 2,100 watts worth of solar panels and a 20,000-watt lithium-ion battery as a backup.

Founded in 1998 by then-travel writer and wildlife photographer Bill Swails, who had a “dream of driving a vehicle completely around the world,” he says, the first prototype was ready by 2003. Since then, EarthRoamer cranks out less than 30 handcrafted semicustom rigs per year from its headquarters outside of Boulder, with varying sizes of the Ford F-series as the base.

Way ahead of today’s Instagram-fueled #vanlife trend, EarthRoamer enables solace-seekers and freedom-chasers to live out their wildest off-roading dreams without sacrificing the comforts of the most affluent of abodes. Think Tempurpedic mattresses, Bosch appliances, real wood floors, leather couches, Bose surround sound, washer and dryer, and a stand-up shower with customizable floor plans and interior color schemes.

Outside, a one-piece waterproof and insulated Fiberglas shell sits on military-grade tires with a frame that can raise and lower 7.5 inches so it can flex independently over any type of terrain. Massive fuel and water tanks are matched with a slide-out grill, electric awning and LED lighting system to pop up a backyard entertainment setup anywhere it’s parked.

EarthRoamers mean goodbye to crowded campsites and hello to living wherever the road takes you. From $490,000, waitlist time 7-10 months from time of order


Photography by: EarthRoamer