When it comes to off-roading through the wilderness and conquering the toughest terrain, nothing beats a gnarly truck camper. Whether you’re exploring California’s National Forests or heading up a mountain in France,
Meet The Off Road Trucks That Are Redefining Off Grid Living!
Four Wheel Campers
Dodge Ram 3500 & Toyota Tacoma
I know I said that we were going to be looking at just 10 off road trucks, but I’m going to start off with a double whammy for good measure. Last year we took a trip to California to try out two
Let’s take a look at the American Expedition Vehicle customised Dodge Ram first. With tyres that were almost as big as us and a suspension that could have coped with the craters on the moon, the Dodge Ram tackled mountain climbs and
Although smaller than the Dodge Ram, the Toyota Tacoma more than held it’s own, hurtling up the track to Glacier Point in Yosemite and climbing Mount Diablo with ease., and the automatic drive an increased ground clearance made bumpy forest clearings feel like cruising down the freeway. These trucks are perfect for mounting a camping pod on the back and heading out into the unknown, which is where Four Wheel Campers come in. Mounted straight onto the back of the truck bed, these affordable tiny homes start from around $14’000 and are completely customisable depending on your individual needs. With a
Nissan Titan XD
Ever wondered who Bumblebee’s dad is? The mighty transformer might have made waves on cinema screens all across the world, but the Nissan Titan XD is the king of transformable vehicles and the ultimate ruler of off road trucks. This 4×4
The Nissan Titan XD is the brain-child of a supergroup of automotive powers (think the Velvet Revolver of the
While the outside is made to withstand a Hulk Smash from the green guy himself, the inside looks like a calm and relaxing hotel suite and the perfect place to unwind after screaming past woodland hedgerows and startled racoons. The camping pod designed by
When we first saw the Toyota Hillux camper we thought that it looked a little like a cross between a spaceship and a robot, which if you know how geeky we are at Van Clan you’ll have an idea of how excited we got! Not only does it look as though it could take on every curveball that nature might throw at it, but the Toyota Hillux does exactly what it says on the side of the tin – it’s built for expeditions! If you’re looking for
Earthcruiser GZL 300
Like the Four Wheel Camper pods at the beginning of the article, the Earthcruiser GZL 300 is a removable pop top camper that you can take on an off any
Notice the truck in the picture? The Toyota Tacoma is such a versatile example of a medium truck bed, and as such can fit a variety of different micro campers on the back (now you know why I gave it a little bit of an introduction, and chances are you’re going to see a lot more of them on the roads pretty soon!) Check out our article on this Pop Up Truck Camper for more info!
Have you ever felt like you’re travelling far to light or been in a situation where you just need to take a powerhouse away with you on your next camping trip? If you’re into overlanding, then you’re probably no stranger to the Bimobil Unimog, bringing comfort to travellers who live for those out of the reach corners of the world and who enjoy being alone with nature.
Let’s take a quick look at the impressive stats that these
There’s a 300 litre fresh water tank and 24-volt system to keep you off the grid for longer, plus with 12 V power from a 210 Ah gel battery inside the living quarters, you can
One thing that you should take away after looking at
And now it’s time for the range of
The Ford Earthroamer is constructed on a Ford F-550 chassis, and if you haven’t already guessed, it comes with four-wheel drive as standard. It’s designed to be used all year round and is 100% self-sufficient, with a solar system that will keep your batteries and gadgets charged up for your entire adventure. These
The inside of the Ford Earthroamer looks a little bit like a luxury apartment
The next monster on our
Enough waffle, let’s give you a quick low down of some of the Ford Raptors features. The 3.5L Ecoboost twin-turbo V-6 engine kicks out a tasty 450 horsepower and a whopping 510 pound-feet of torque, getting you from 0-60 in less than 6 seconds! It’s not the kind of truck you’d use for your local milk round, not unless you deliver cream and orange juice through the grand canyon! The locking rear differential and 4.10 axle ratio are crucial for off-roading on rocky terrains, as is the ultra reinforced frame designed to withstand any knocks and bumps as you cruise through the wilderness. Dual exhaust, a Terrain Management system; I could go on all day. All you need to know is it can climb mountains faster than King Kong and looks the business. If you want more conventional facts then head over to the Ford Website for a bit of bedtime reading.
Mercedes G ExpeditionMobil
If you’re looking for a range of off-grid trucks that stand out from the crowd, then this ExpeditionMobil from Orange Works definitely fits the bill. Despite the fact that you might think they should have gone for a bright orange paint job instead of a yellow submarine, this custom camper is a piece of overlanding art, and it also knows how to move too! Though for $420’000 you’d expect nothing less!
This four-tonne Mercedes
Hennessey Goliath 6×6
While the Hennessy Goliath 6×6 is the only range of
The picture above looks like an epic scene from a movie, but these off road trucks are definitely real and the real deal when it comes to power and speed. Power pushes to all three axles on this 6×6 monster, and the rear suspension system has been upgraded to provide extra stability and a much smoother ride, compensating for that extra axle and
Toyota Tundra Camper
Last but by no means least is another range of
The tundra has been modified with an air intake snorkel, and that all important locking rear differential that separates
Notice the camper on the back of this beastly truck? We’re back to Four Wheel Campers again; don’t you just love it when an article goes full circle. There’s a reason that I started with these guys at the beginning of the article, and it’s because aside from being one of the comfiest campers I’ve stayed in (other than my own of course) while on the road, so many off road trucks are carrying an FWC rig on the back these days, which is proof that they’re worth a closer look if you’re in the market for pop up campers. This model, ‘The Hawk’ is the same one that we took around California and boasts a spacious living area, single and queen/super king beds, solar panels and an outdoor shower. It’s a one-stop camping shop in a compact space that will never fail you!
Overlanding is becoming such a massive movement, and if you’re into the whole van life scene then the chances are that you might consider moving towards