A staff of Australians are taking a Mercedes-Benz Unimog and remodeling it into a house away from house.
In a world gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic, Australians are re-embracing the traditional road-trip vacation as they give the impression of being to discover home locations in lieu of abroad holidays.
And this monster motorhome could possibly be the last word alternative for a road-trip of a lifetime.
The Australian-made Earthcruiser Explorer XPR, primarily based upon the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430, is transformed right into a complete off-road motorhome by a small staff of expert craftspeople on the south coast of New South Wales.
Measuring in at both 4.4 or 3.8 metres, the Earthcruiser XPR is ready to be pushed on a medium-rigid truck license and has room for as much as 5 on-board.
Energy comes from a 7.7-litre turbo diesel engine, compliant to Euro 6 emissions requirements and outputting 220kW and 1200Nm. And with 800 litres of gasoline capability, the Earthcruiser XPR has a spread of 3500 kilometres between refills. That’s sufficient to comfortably make it from Melbourne to Cairns with over 5 hundred kilometres of vary left over.
Water capability can be enormous: as much as 860 litres.
Successfully a small luxurious residence on wheels, the Earthcruiser has a dizzying quantity of built-in options for all times on the highway: there’s a 212 litre upright fridge inside, and a 68-litre ‘locker fridge’ accessible from outdoors.
There are indoor and out of doors kitchens, a 2.5-kg washer, air-con, 700-watt microwave and levelling jacks at every nook.
Patrons additionally get a 400 amp hour, 24-volt lithium battery, powering the heating, cooling, lighting and cooking, with the power to suit as much as 945 watts of photo voltaic panels on the roof for off-grid energy.
Like every Unimog, the Earthcruiser XPR is nicely suited to off-roading. That includes an eight-speed automated guide transmission, built-in low-range switch case, triple diff locks and a versatile chassis, the Unimog has off-road credentials and pedigree sufficient to make a LandCruiser quake in its boots.
Whereas there’s a extra off-road centered variant of the Unimog, enormous 48-inch tyres and portal axles offers the U430 Unimog loads of off-road capacity and clearance.
And if in case you have aspirations to someday take your Earthcruiser abroad on a round-the-world journey, Mercedes’ distinctive ‘Variopilot’ system permits the steering to be transformed between left and right-hand drive in below 30 seconds.
That is the largest variant of Earthcruiser’s vary of off-road motorhomes, with the smaller six-tonne EXP vary utilizing Iveco Every day, Mitsubishi Canter and different mild vans as base.
Earthcruiser has additionally developed smaller fashions for single-cab 79 Sequence LandCruisers, in addition to a slide-on camper for single cab and further cab four-wheel drive utes.
How a lot? Costs for the Earthcruiser fluctuate, as a result of they’re constructed to order and comprise so many various choices and specs to select from. Nonetheless, when you want a ballpark determine to start out saving for, kick issues off at $600,000.
Nonetheless, the XPR pictured on this story is priced nearer to $720,000.
The Australian-made final off-road motorhome