• Aug 27, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the EarthRoamer in action

Being that my family's in the motor home business, I know a thing or two about RVs. One thing I know is that they don't like going off road. Hell, they don't like potholes and speedbumps. Being constructed mostly of balsa wood and tinker toys, modern RVs tend to shake like an earthquake over anything but ribbon-smooth pavement. That's why the EarthRoamer XV-JP is unique. It's the only camper that's ever traversed the Rubicon Trail without flipping on its roof, and that's due mostly to the fact that it's based on the Jeep Wranger Rubicon Unlimited platform. In place of the standard Jeep's two rear doors is a big box containing a bench seat, small kitchen, a toilet (!) and extra storage. It's not very roomy, but the 'Loftop' roof flips opens to increase headroom to, oh, about nine feet, as well as make room for the queen size bed on which you'll be sleeping. There's even an 80-watt solar panel on the roof to charge the batteries when you're parked and a 160-amp engine alternator to keep things powered while on the move. A 6,100btu furnace, 25-gallon water tank and indoor and outdoor showers round out the RV-ification of this Jeep. For those looking to tackle some serious bush, the EarthRoamer packs electric locking front and rear differentials, an electric sway bar disconnect, twin Dana 44 differentials and a Warn 9000 heavy-duty winch. If you do head for the trail, though, just make sure your pots and pans are securely stowed.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If i was in that tent i'd be scared of it snapping in half..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think this is cool. But I've always wondered how these filp-top campers handle the weight of a person on the unsupported part that hangs over. I'm sure there's solid engineering in it, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing is really badass. If I had an extra $110K lying around you could bet your ass I'd buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly, I think the vehicle itself (just the Jeep with the body shell) would make a great military vehicle. It reminds me of the Humvee Ambulances we had in the US Army.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Did any of you happen to catch the price? $200,000 - $230,000.

      I did the same thing, I bought a jeep : $21,000.
      I bought a tent for: $150.

      Total:
      $21,150.

      Savings - $178,850.

      If anyone is interested I will sell this "package" for $50,000. I will even toss in a cabelas camp shower and honda generator. What a deal! : P
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing came out a while ago.
      http://www.earthroamer.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can see all the interior shots you want (22 of them) here:

      http://www.earthroamer.com/galleries/xv-jp_interior/

      The "unsupported" part of the flip-top sleeping area is supported by an interior overhead hoop bar and cable/rope system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price is $110K

      $77,000 Conversion
      $33,000 Rubicon
      -------------------
      $110,000

      We sold a jeep that was converted or you can buy a jeep through earth roamer....

      Earth roamer has built 12 so far

      http://virtualjeepclub.com/showpost.php?p=365154&postcount=1

      Jason
      • 6 Years Ago
      that kicks butt. love it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That sure looks like an American Expedition Vehicles front bumper. It looks like an integral winch mounting system, anyways this is what I found on the net.

      aev-conversions.com

      These guys get allot of internet play.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My bad, I thought since it was a Rubicon that it was a Jeep produce product and not an after market or specialty vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While this is an impressive vehicle for softening the "roughing it" type of travel, I think you've pulled several specs from their XV-LT specs. I don't see anything about a shower for the jeep-based JP on earthroamer's site, but they do show interior shots of it, there's even a toilet hiding under a rear seat. Quite a packaging feat, but the LT is almost a palace in comparison.
        • 6 Years Ago
        self-correction, I see a reference to the inside shower listed in a reference on their Overview page, and under "water system" in the specs. Crazy, though for a $110k+ jeep it's got to be good.
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