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We Drive the EarthRoamer XV-LTS, and It’s the Nimble Overland Luxury RV of Your Dreams

Built on a four-wheel-drive Ford F-550 platform, this rig gets you into the backcountry in style.

The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is the smaller cousin of the company's dominating XV-HD, affording you not only a smaller sticker price but the ability to navigate tighter off-road trails between you and your next backcountry campsite.

From inside the 2017 EarthRoamer XV-LTS there's not much to indicate the vehicle's extreme off-road capability; rather than giving off a rugged off-road camper vibe, this half-million-dollar rig feels more like an expensive motor yacht. Finely crafted real wood cabinets made in-house are illuminated by hidden LED light strips, and a fogged glass cabinet window hides a backlit wine rack with custom-branded EarthRoamer glasses. High-quality leather cushions designed and sewn also in-house create a truly executive experience in this fully outfitted overland camper. EarthRoamers are beautifully finished inside and out, with every detail attended to. That being said, there's nothing stopping these beasts from getting where they need to go; in the RV world, they define the word capable.

Bones of the XV-LTS

The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is built on a commercial-grade Ford F-550 platform, and there is certainly no lack of power, stability, or strength in the machine. It comes equipped with Ford's 6.7L PowerStroke turbodiesel engine, making 330 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, and backed with a Ford factory warranty. The EarthRoamer can tow a significantly sized boat, toy hauler, or additional camping trailer fully loaded without issue, if you're looking to have even more fun. Thanks to its solar panels, 100-gallon fuel tank, and 377 amps of power from multiple alternators, the XV-LTS will get you off the grid for quite some time without needing to refuel or recharge. You'll never be completely off the grid, though, with satellite internet and TV.

The XV-LTS features 41-inch Continental MPT 81 military-grade tires on 20-inch Hutchinson Beadlock aluminum wheels. At all four corners of the rig, there are air-line outlets leading to the Oasis XD3000 heavy-duty air compressor and 5-gallon tank, so you can fill your tires quickly or even run air tools for on-trail repairs and maintenance.

EarthRoamer Suspension

The suspension on the EarthRoamer XV-LTS is based on the original heavy-duty F-550 setup; but with King shocks and adjustable Kelderman airbags front and rear, it's designed to easily clear the 41-inch tires and more if necessary. You can use the airbags to level out when camping, as they're individually adjustable. The rig also has AMP power retractable steps to assist passengers without sacrificing clearance.

What if It gets Stuck?

For those really tricky trails, the EarthRoamer XV-LTS is outfitted with Warn 16.5ti 16,500lb winches front and rear. We took the new XV-LTS into the Rockies this week to see how it felt in the snow, so stay tuned for a complete review down the road.

How Do I Get Mine?

The EarthRoamer XV-LTS we drove in Colorado is currently out of production with "ER244" being the final model number. However, the F-550-based platform has been reimagined, this time, in a carbon-fiber flavor. The XV-LTi can be yours for a deposit of $50,000 and a base price of $590,000. According to the company, a well-equipped XV-LTi falls in the $650,000-$700,000 range. Otherwise, comb EarthRoamer's "PreRoamed" inventory for a (hopefully) discounted XV-LTS, or other adventure rig of your dreams. Upon our inspection, the most budget-friendly option asked $350,000.