The SEMA show in Las Vegas means we spend a week walking the urban metropolis and ogling off-road machines. After a long day of drooling over shiny showroom goodies, we retire to our hotels, where we scarcely have time to dream of wheeling. After a week, all we want to do is see some dirt, drive some trails, and sleep under the stars, somewhere far from the city. Lucky for us, we found a few rigs at the show that would let us do exactly that. Since we can’t take them on the trails, we’ll tell you about how rad they are instead.
The Turtle V has been over the land, 40,000 miles of it to be precise. This truck spent two years traveling across 26 countries, putting its arsenal of overlanding accouterments to the test. The rig is built on a Ford F-550 platform with a 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine, carries 84 gallons of fuel, has an onboard MIG welder, and was hand-built—the camper shell, that is. The overlanding machine can endure the harshest backcountry conditions, and still fit into a parking spot at the coffee shop.
This Toyota Tacoma was strapped with the latest in overlanding gear, plus a rooftop-tent sturdy enough to support the cargo bullet and a bike, all while the tent is folded out.
Tomahawk is a Jeep J-100 from the ’70s with a Gladiator grille and an overlanding makeover. ROAMR outfitted this rig not only with a rooftop tent and slide-out bed storage drawers, but also a V-8 under the hood, Toyo Open Country tires, and a Warn winch.
Earthroamer brought an overlanding mothership to SEMA this year, called the XV-HD. Built around the idea of “luxury RV that can drive anywhere,” this rig was mind-boggling. The project is based on a Ford F-750 4x4 platform with a completely hand-built camper shell. The interior is that of any motor coach, garnished with heated floors, Bose surround sound, and Ford’s King Ranch trim in the cab. To get the XV-HD where it needs to go, the 6.7L” Powerstroke engine turns 46-inch Michelin XZL tires while the rig is suspended by Fox shocks all around. The XV-HD carries 250 gallons of water, 115 gallons of diesel fuel, and has 2,100 watts of solar panel capability to keep everything powered while in the bush.