...just ran across this on the EarthRoamer web site ( www.earthroamer.com )
EarthRoamer is pleased to announce the EarthRoamer XV-LTS, our newest addition to the EarthRoamer family. The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is a "stretch" version of our F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT - the world's best selling self-contained luxury expedition vehicle. For adventurers that require more space or who are traveling with up to 5 or 6 people, the EarthRoamer XV-LTS was built for you.
The EarthRoamer XV-LTS is built on the new 2011 6.7 liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel (735 lb-ft torque and 390 hp!) powered Ford F-550 chassis with an 84 inch cab to axle and GVWR of 19,500 pounds. This chassis is 24 inches longer than our XV-LT model which increases primary camper living space by a whopping 25% and interior storage space by up to 45%. The extra length enables us to offer new interior layout options including booth seating and sleeping for 6, or a dry bath with a separate toilet and shower. Battery capacity can be increased up to 36.7 kilowatt hours and solar capacity can be increased up to 680 watts. If you need more power we can install a compact 3.2 kilowatt Fischer Panda AGT 4000 marine generator. Fresh water capacity up to 117 gallons is available, and 13 gallons of 100 degree hot water is standard.
The EarthRoamer XV-LTS body features a seamless, one piece molded monocoque design that is strong and lightweight. This is the same construction that is used on many luxury yachts as well as our patented EarthRoamer XV-LT bodies. Yes, it is challenging and expensive to manufacture a one piece molded composite body, but with no seams to leak and no glued together flat panels to come apart, EarthRoamer bodies are designed to last for your lifetime and beyond. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the generously radiused corners of EarthRoamer bodies dramatically reduce the impact of heavy cross winds when compared to inexpensive flat panel construction.
EarthRoamer bodies also have excellent acoustic and thermal insulation properties. With no steel or aluminum reinforcement required, EarthRoamer bodies have no thermal conduction paths which enable effective heating and cooling with smaller and more energy efficient heaters and air conditioners. One EarthRoamer XV-LT owner trains winter special ops forces and this is what he had to say about the cold weather performance of his XV-LT:
"The ER is great and the cold weather improvements you made have worked out perfectly to -28F (ambient) nights (didn't even know it was that cold until I went outside) and 70+ mph winds: The vehicle is rock solid on deep snowy roads plowing through 12" of maritime snowpack. I have trained 5 SOF platoons since January and also do quite a bit of family winter trips: the vehicle has been a real boon in setting up a secure HQ in the boonies."
T.W., EarthRoamer XV-LT owner
The new 2011 EarthRoamer XV-LT and XV-LTS both offer new standard features including 90 gallon fuel capacity, 8.1 cubic foot stainless fridge/freezer, 12,000 btu air conditioner, 3,000 watt inverter, 125 amp charger and King off-road shocks. We are also offering exciting new options on the 2011 models including Bose surround sound, HD Satellite TV and ultrathin 32 inch LED HDTVs.
With over 100 EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles on the road, we are confident that we build the highest quality and most refined design of any expedition vehicle manufacturer. With our new "stretched" XV-LT, we can now meet the needs of adventurers needing more space. Whether you are traveling with the whole family or just want more interior space and luxury, EarthRoamer builds an expedition vehicle that is sized to meet your unique requirements.