Wow ! That looks fantastic ! Congrats, Marc ! ! !
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I wonder about the pronounced wedge shape of the cab over. It seems to me that a more rounded leading edge could be as aerodynamic, and would provide more room, particularly when sleeping with the top down. My $.02 comment from the peanut gallery.
Marc's new design has some similarity to Welby Davidson's Innovan. The Innovan has no cab over, and appears to be a little wider. The inside is likely to be quite different. I don't think the Innovan is available outside Australia.
I noticed the similarity to the Innovan as well. I have visited Marc's shop and seen this prototype in person. I see a huge advantage in the design of the XP. Since the Innovan does not have the cabover section, the beds cover the cabinet surface area when they are down. So the sink, stove, and dinette are not accessible when the beds are down. With the bed in the XP moved forward, the kitchen area and dinette can still be used while the bed is set up. For my wife and I that often go to bed or getup at different times, that is very important.
Here is a link to an article regarding the new Compact XPCamper:
Quoted from article:
Marc Wassmann, CEO of Grass Valley, California-based XPCamper LLC manufacturer of the worlds first all composite monocoque pop-up camper has provided the RVing Examiner with an exclusive look at the first full size mock up of his latest hard sided, clamshell designed, expedition grade XPCamper model. Custom designed for compact trucks like the Toyota Tacoma the V2 XP - which is expected to retail for approximately $30,000 will be launched in the summer of 2012.
The V2 XP employs the same monocoque design, seamless roof, DIAB cored composite construction and dual pane windows as its larger XPCamper counterpart and although its smaller it will incorporate many of the same cutting edge appliances and electronics as seen in the original XPCamper. The hard sided construction of the V2 XP unlike tent based camper variants - means that the unit can be deployed in extreme weather conditions and in areas of wild animal predation.
The V2 XP galley area will include a fiberglass countertop, SMEV 2 burner propane cooktop, 130 l 12v fridge and Spinflo kitchen centre. Other interior features include a standard queen bed (with an optional $ 425.00 European spring mattress system), shower, cassette toilet and Imtra marine grade LED lighting throughout.
Marc hopes that the V2 XP which has already received a number of pre-orders - will emulate the success of his ground breaking XPCamper which has proved popular with overlanders around the globe. The latter which debuted to much critical acclaim at the 1st annual Overland Expo back in 2009 - has chalked up sales in the US, Australia, Alaska, Canada and South Africa.
XP V2 Specs:
Outside storage compartment Electric Water Pump from Shurflo 110V System w/ Power Converter 12V Porch Light 20lb Propane Tank Fire extinguisher 33 Gallon fresh water tank (can be heated) Water gauge Queen bed with under bed storage Dining table Dinette seating with Sunbrella fabrics Under seat storage 2 reversible electric roof vents Heki sky hatch with privacy shades and mosquito netting Propex HS2000 Ducted 6500btu hot air heater Girard tankless hot water heater Outside shower 150 amp AGM battery from Lifeline Marine breaker panel and wiring through out 3 x 12 v outlets 125 Watt Solar panel with charger
Man, this looks very exciting. I am salivating just thinking about this and my 2012 Tacoma! Please keep us updated and please include interior photos and details!
Very, very cool. I think this would be a cool setup on half ton short bed trucks, too.