EarthRoamer recently partnered with Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST), incorporating the company’s high-tech security system into its XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle.
According to a press release, the GOST Insight HD GPS IVR EarthRoamer package provides remote security, monitoring, tracking and video surveillance for the EarthRoamer XV-LT. The system will call/text up to eight phone numbers to alert owners in the event of intrusion, low battery voltage, or smoke in the vehicle, with the addition of a pull sensor to secure mountain bikes, motorcycles and anything else left outside of the vehicle.
Up to eight wireless relays can be added to the system to control any AC or DC function with a key fob or remotely over the phone.
“EarthRoamer is proud to partner with vendors who provide cutting-edge technology, furthering our leadership position in our industry,” said Tyler Tatro, president and COO of EarthRoamer. “Using GOST products, we were able to design and install a custom security surveillance solution that allows the customer to monitor multiple cameras from a remote location, as well as receive notifications if any alarms are triggered. The system provides unparalleled security and peace of mind, even when the vehicle is located in another part of the world.”
The EarthRoamer XV-LT is designed ground-up for all-weather, rough-road and stand-alone operation. The vehicle features high quality marine-grade components, innovative technologies, advanced engineering and cutting edge design.
For more information on the EarthRoamer XV-LT visit www.earthroamer.com.
EarthRoamer, builder of the four-wheel-drive Xpedition Vehicle, announced the promotion of Tyler Tatro to president. According to a press release, Tatro will also retain his duties as COO.
“Tyler’s strong work ethic, confident leadership style and diverse experience in every aspect of the EarthRoamer business, uniquely qualifies him to lead the next stage of EarthRoamer’s growth,” said Bill Swails, founder and CEO. “In Tyler’s capable hands, I am confident that EarthRoamer will continue to advance its leadership position in the global expedition vehicle marketplace.
Tatro, 30, joined the Dacano, Colo.-based company in 2007 as a production technician, which was followed by a rapid series of promotions to service manager, production manager and sales manager.
“He taught himself the required systems and software along the way, and took the initiative to improve or create processes that have streamlined the business and strengthened the EarthRoamer brand,” said Swails.
Tatro received his bachelor’s in business management from Colorado University and currently lives in Westminster, Colo., with his wife, Jessica, and son Wells.
After months of rigorous testing and documentation, Bill Swails, president and CEO of EarthRoamer, has announced that 2008 and newer model year EarthRoamer XV-LT Xpedition vehicles were found to be in compliance with all applicable Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) and meet all requirements of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA) and can now be imported into Canada.
According to a press release, the EarthRoamer XV-LT has been added to Transport Canada’s “List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States.”
Swails has traveled extensively throughout Canada in EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles and understands the unique challenges facing travelers to remote parts of Canada.
“Our Ford F-550 4×4 based EarthRoamer XV-LTs are purpose built four-wheel drive, “go-anywhere” campers specifically designed to transport passengers to remote locations and keep them comfortable once they reach their destination,” he said.
EarthRoamer XV-LTs are designed to provide comfortable living quarters for extended periods of time without dependence on external electrical, water, and sewer hookups.
“The EarthRoamer XV-LT is a perfect match for exploring Canada’s vast remote natural areas and provides comfortable accommodations for all seasons including extreme cold winters and high rainfall coastal areas,” said Swails. “In fact, one EarthRoamer owner conducts extreme cold weather training in British Columbia and has camped comfortably in his EarthRoamer with outside temperatures dipping below -30 degrees Celsius.”
Tyler Tatro, EarthRoamer’s director of sales and operations noted, “EarthRoamer XV-LT’s are environmentally responsible campers that require no generator or propane and use solar power as a primary power source.”
EarthRoamer XV-LTs are constructed using a one-piece molded composite camper body just like many expensive yacht hulls.
“The composite body utilizes a sandwich construction that consists of inner and outer layers of woven fiberglass roving with a marine-grade balsa core,” Tatro said. “The woven fiberglass roving provides high tensile strength and impact resistance, and the end-grain balsa core provides high compression strength resulting in a seamless, lightweight body that has unparalleled strength.”
With the U.S. to Canadian exchange rate being the most favorable for Canada that it has been in decades, and a vehicle ideally suited for Canada’s climate and terrain, EarthRoamer is expecting very strong sales in the Canadian market.
Bill Swails, designer of EarthRoamer XV-LT and XV-JP Xpedition Vehicles, has teamed with former key managers to start a new company and re-launch the EarthRoamer brand, according to a news release.
The new company, Xpedition Vehicle Service LLC, has purchased the remaining assets of EarthRoamer.com LLC which filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in late 2009. The original EarthRoamer XV-LT molds and “EarthRoamer” trademark were among the assets purchased by the new venture, and the company will be operating under the trade name “EarthRoamer.”
The new company recently resumed production of EarthRoamer brand Xpedition Vehicles.
When launched in 2002, the four-wheel drive, turbo-diesel, Ford F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT revolutionized the expedition vehicle marketplace with its innovative design, quality construction and “go anywhere” capability. The XV-LT is capable of running entirely on renewable biodiesel and solar energy.
In a marketplace where traditional RVs continue to rely on noisy generators for electrical power, the EarthRoamer XV-LT utilizes a 0.5 KW solar panel array and a 6.1 KW/h AGM battery bank. Biodiesel compatible air heaters, water heaters and stoves replace the propane appliances found on traditional RVs. EarthRoamer XV-LTs are designed to tackle any terrain with features like four-wheel drive, aggressive military tires, front and rear heavy duty bumpers with winches, and high intensity discharge (HID) lighting.
2007 marked the launch of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited-based EarthRoamer XV-JP. The XV-JP quickly established itself as the most capable four wheel drive camper in production by being the first self-contained camper to complete the Rubicon trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The EarthRoamer XV-JP with its revolutionary LoftTop design was later recognized by the Boulder County Business Report when it received their IQ award for innovation.
Demand for the revolutionary camper design was strong and over 100 EarthRoamer XV-LTs were sold between 2002 and 2008 at an average retail price of almost $250,000 each. The company’s rapid growth was recognized in 2008 by Inc. Magazine when it reported EarthRoamer as the 597th fastest growing private company in the U.S. Inc. Magazine also identified EarthRoamer as the eighth fastest growing private transportation company in the US and the ninth fastest growing private company in the Denver metro area. With growth limited by production capacity, in mid 2005 EarthRoamer.com LLC purchased 3 1/2 acres in Lafayette, Colo., and began design of a new corporate headquarters and production facility.
Following record sales the 4th quarter of 2007, EarthRoamer.com LLC moved into a new 56,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in February of 2008 – just as diesel fuel prices began to climb to over $4.50 per gallon and the stock market began a precipitous decent. High fuel prices and a faltering economy caused a rapid drop in new vehicle sales and by midsummer 2008 the company had laid off half of its work force. By the end of 2008, the company was unable to service the debt on the new corporate headquarters and had ceased operations. Subsequently, EarthRoamer.com LLC was forced to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Recognizing the need to service and support existing EarthRoamer vehicle owners and an opportunity to revive the EarthRoamer brand, Swails joined forces with former production manager Eric Rexroth, and former service managers Tyler Tatro and Mike Funari to form Xpedition Vehicle Service LLC. The new company, operating under the trade name EarthRoamer, recently signed a long-term lease for production space and corporate offices just north of Denver at Long’s Peak Business Center in Dacono. Currently the company is manufacturing EarthRoamer XV-LTs in temporary leased space until the new space is ready for occupancy.
Swails and his team plan to offer its expertise in expedition vehicle design and construction to provide design/build services for individuals with unique requirements.
“If you can dream it, we can build it,” says Swails, president and CEO of EarthRoamer. In addition, the team is actively working on implementing new technologies like fuel cells, external combustion generators, lithium ion battery packs and parallel hydraulic hybrid drive systems.
According to Swails, “By aggressively embracing new and exciting technological advances and emphasizing world class design, EarthRoamer will continue to be the recognized leader in designing and building the most comfortable, capable and environmentally responsible expedition vehicles in the world.”
For more information, go to www.earthroamer.com.