Overlanding can be a blast, but not everyone likes sleeping in the back of a 60 series Toyota Land Cruiser, packed in like a sardine with dog, a cooler, a portable welder and just about anything else that can’t be strapped or mounted to the exterior. For those with enough cash, there are far more sophisticated options. Sometimes you go big or you go home, or at least that seems to be the case with the new Earthroamer XV-HD, a rolling fortress that, from the outside, looks more suited to Siberian military campaigns than a weekend away off the trail.
The XV-HD is the latest product from Earthroamer, a company whose name sounds like a certain British luxury SUV maker’s beefed-up brother. The company has been building vehicles since 1998, with more than 200 FordF-550 XV-LTS behemoths terrorizing your local RV park. The XV-HD steps things up, using a four-wheel-drive F-750 as the base platform. Power comes from Ford’s tried and true 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V8. Earthroamer doesn’t mention which version it uses, but for 2017 the engine makes 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque.
Beyond that, nearly everything has been touched and upgraded. The XV-HD wears 46-inch Michelin XZL tires, packs rear air suspension with Fox shocks, hydraulic leveling, 30,000-pound front-mounted hydraulic Warn winch and a full LED light array from Baja Designs. The XV-HD is intended to survive independently for a while, so it also has 2,100 watts of solar capability, a 20,000-watt lithium-ion battery bank, a PTO-driven hydraulic generator, a 250-gallon water tank and a 115-gallon fuel tank.
Still, this isn’t just about being rugged. Look inside and you’ll find plenty of wood, leather and stainless steel. The XV-HD comes with a full kitchen, a full bathroom with a separate shower, a washer and dryer, heated floors and a Bose surround sound system. The photos don’t show the sleeping cabin, but we imagine it’s much more of the same.
Now, this isn’t cheap. Not by a long shot. The Colorado-built machines cost a cool $1.5 million each and require a $375,000 deposit to reserve a spot. If you put an order in now, you should get it in time to take a long vacation after the 2018 midterm elections.