Top 10 Coolest Extreme-Duty 4x4 Campers at Overland ExpoPosted in Events on June 23, 2017
If you’re like us, you probably salivate over heavy-duty 4x4s and components and you absolutely lose your mind when you come across an extremely capable and self-contained overland camper that can go almost anywhere. Of course, most of us can’t afford to even fuel these beasts, many of which barely eke out 10 mpg. Still, it is fun to imagine what it would be like boondocking in one of the most capable motorhomes on the planet.
One of the few places where you can kick the tires and peek into the fridge of such an off-road camper is Overland Expo West, held every year in Flagstaff, Arizona. We wandered in and around all of the vehicles at the 2017 Overland Expo to find the coolest extreme-duty 4x4 campers at the show. Here is what we found. For information about the upcoming 2018 west and east events, check out overlandexpo.com.
This Mercedes Unimog U1103 sporting a Bliss Mobile (blissmobil.com) 11-foot camper was by far our favorite exploration rig at the show. Even though the tractorlike tires probably don’t provide a smooth ride, they are highway legal. We really liked the well-thought-out front bumper and retractable aluminum steps.
XP Camper (xpcamper.com) offers everything from slide-in pickup bed campers to complete turnkey overland packages. This XP Camper was attached to a Mercedes 917 with a tray bed.
Global Expedition Vehicles (globalxvehicles.com) was out in full force with this International-based camp rig. It even comes complete with a James Baroud mother-in-law popup tent on the truck roof.
The EarthRoamer (earthroamer.com) XV-LTS is built on a Ford F-550 turbodiesel 4x4 chassis. The Colorado-handcrafted camper starts at a mere $438,000, nearly double the average home price in the U.S.
If you are looking for a Mercedes ’Mog, the Unimog Center (unimogcenter.com) might be a good place to start. The company specializes in importing, outfitting, and selling popular Unimog models such as this ex-military wagon that could be easily converted into a camper.
The Turtle Expedition (turtleexpedition.com) Ford F-550 Turtle V owned by Gary and Monika Wescott is one of the best-known overlanding vehicles to ever hit dirt. The duo have been adventuring in all corners of the planet for more than 40 years.
The Rebel Off-Road (rebeloffroad.com) Rebelzilla started life as a 2015 Isuzu NPR-HD crew cab truck. Among many other modifications, the factory drivetrain was replaced with a Chevy Vortec 6.0L V-8, a 6L90E six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive, and a divorced NP205 transfer case. A King 3-inch-diameter coilover and a 2 1/2-inch-diameter, triple-bypass shock grace each corner.
This military surplus Stewart & Stevenson M1078 LMTV 4x4 cargo truck was converted into an overland rig and is owned by Black Dog Traders (blackdogtraders.com). The company specializes in Toyota FJ restorations.
This stubby little number is a GMC TopKick 4x4. It looks just about as tall as it is long. The heavy-duty roof rack and storage compartments are accessed via the built-in ladder. That large area up top would make a great viewing or hunting platform.
If this massive Global Expedition Vehicles International truck became stuck or stranded, the Yamaha TW200 stored in the rear trunk could be lowered to the ground with the onboard crane and used as a quick getaway vehicle.