The Ultimate Hunting Vehicle: Earthroamer XV-LT
August 06, 2014
Let's be clear: The EarthRoamer XV-LT is not an RV. It's about as close to an RV as a Ferrari is to an Amish buggy. The XV-LT is part luxury condo, part diesel tractor, part hunting camp, and part bomb shelter.
Built on a Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis, Earth Roamer addresses many of the issues hunters (this one included) have with RVs — horrible to drive, not capable off-road, and so big and boxy they are relegated to paved camping grounds. I want something that is rugged enough to take a beating, will get you into the backcountry, and is still plush enough to be comfortable after a long hunt.
I recently checked out the EarthRoamer and was impressed — amazing build quality, functional design, and a well-thought-out package. The only downside we could find was you will never be able to say, "Clark, that there's an RV."
The XV-LT uses an F-550 Chassis as the base. The 6.7 V8 Power Stroke diesel puts out 660 ft.-lbs. of torque and 300 horsepower and utilizes a graphite iron engine block and aluminum cylinder heads to keep weight down. With a 12,500-pound towing capacity, you can literally haul everything from UTVs to boats. The Lariat interior package keeps travel civilized and comfortable.
Tires & Rims
To make the XV-LT more off-road capable, EarthRoamer ditched the stock 32-inch tires for 37- or 41-inch tires for increased traction and ground clearance. The 37-inch tires are mounted on aluminum 22.5-inch rims. The 41-inch military tires are designed to handle heavy loads, even under low pressure, and are mounted on military bead-lock rims.
The problem with most expedition rigs is they're not built to haul heavy loads, and the heaviest of all camping loads are generally liquids. When camping, each person uses several gallons of water a day — so a 20-gallon tank doesn't last long. The XV-LT extends the days afield with an 85-gallon (or optional 135-gallon) water tank. And with 90 gallons of diesel, hunters can go from L.A. to Bozeman without filling up!
Renewable solar power has always been the cornerstone of the EarthRoamer design. Combined with a high-efficiency battery bank, the 600-watt solar panels (1.1 kW on stretched EarthRoamers) mounted on the roof keep everything topped off. Combined with a Ford dual alternator, which produced 3.7 kW of power, means no generator is ever needed, keeping your camping experience as it should be'¦quiet.