Australian overland vehicle specialist EarthCruiser Expedition Vehicles rolled out the rugged “Outback Explorer” during the recently completed America’s Largest Outdoor Show in Hershey, Pa.
According to a press release, the new Outback is being manufactured by Host Industries in Bend, Ore. “Every month, the Outback gets more popular,” explained vehicle developer, Lance Gillies. “Americans are interested in adventure travel. The Outback is very capable, comfortable, affordable, and can take them to places they could never drive in a typical RV.”
Based on the Mitsubishi FUSO 4×4 chassis, the vehicle is priced near $140,000. In addition to off-road ability, the rugged rig provides users with reliability and fuel economy courtesy of the DOHC, 4-cylinder diesel engine.
“We’re thrilled to see the growing popularity of this style of RV,” said Mike Rumsey, vice president of sales for Fuso trucks of America. “There’s an active group of American travelers who are not interested in the same RV experience as their parents or grandparents. The Outback Explorer uses new vehicle technology and engineering of our chassis to take people to new and exciting destinations. It’s an awesome choice for active travelers.”
The vehicle employs Mitsubishi’s Duonic transmission which supplies continuous power to all four wheels to help maintain maximum traction along with the vehicle’s kinetic mounting system for long camper life and a comfortable ride. During the Hershey event, they demonstrated this system by driving one wheel of the Outback onto a spare tire. Even with one wheel elevated, the RV’s living area remained perfectly level and the slide-outs operated flawlessly. The basic box section, all welded aluminum and fiberglass camper shell, incorporates two opposing lateral slides, one for the kitchen and the other for the dinette, and includes plenty of amenities, plus interior and exterior storage for all of your gear.