These days, vanlife machines come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they arenâ€™t even a van, as is the case with the latest EarthRoamer build that was just announced. Based on a Ford F-550 Super Duty truck, the LTi combines all the amenities of off-grid camping with high-tech equipment, carbon fiber construction, and serious off-trail capability to literally find your own way through the wilderness.
With its bones being a massive Ford Super Duty, the EarthRoamer LTi isnâ€™t a lightweight by default but that doesnâ€™t mean improvements over standard campers canâ€™t be made. The LTiâ€™s shell is entirely carbon fiber, which not only reduces weight but adds significant strength to the entire vehicle. Weight matters in any automotive application, but for a large RV that has aggressive off-road capability, reduced mass with a lower center-of-gravity is a tremendous benefit.
It also allows the LTi to carry an impressive amount of fuel and water for extended off-grid adventures. Freshwater capacity is 100 gallons, with 60 gallons devoted to greywater. A 95-gallon fuel tank supplies diesel for the 6.7-liter V8, but what you wonâ€™t find are propane tanks or an on-board generator. Thatâ€™s because EarthRoamer packs the roof with enough solar panels to generate 1,320 watts of power, as well as an 11,000-watt hour lithium-ion battery pack to run things inside.
Inside, the LTi can be made-to-order in multiple configurations with seating accommodations for up to six people, and sleeping arrangements for four. Regardless of the specific layout, youâ€™ll find a full kitchen and bathroom, not to mention sofas, a reconfigurable dining area, over-cab bunk, and impressive storage both inside and out.
Such capability doesnâ€™t come without a cost. Each EarthRoamer is built by hand at the companyâ€™s headquarters in Dacono, Colorado, and pricing starts at $590,000. That doesnâ€™t seem to deter eager customers, however, as EarthRoamer says thereâ€™s presently an eight-month waiting list from order to delivery to get one of these epic overlanders.