Tiger Adventure Vehicles has just released their newest, and largest vehicle to date, The Siberian Tiger; They're serious about their new model - even rebranding themselves from Tiger Motor Homes, to Tiger Adventure Vehicles. There's no doubt it's going to be a game changer for the entire upscale adventure vehicle industry. 'Competition spurs innovation' and with more and more players entering the field, we're sure that no one is going to get too comfortable in their seats for a while. Gee, it's like someone let a Siberian Tiger loose.
Based on a Ford F450, in either gasoline, or diesel, The Siberian Tiger is the largest vehicle to be produced by Tiger, and the first to not only target your on-road adventures, but your 'most rigorous' off-highway adventures as well. It comes standard with four-wheel drive, upgraded suspension, skid plates, and not to mention a slew of options including a front brush guard, a winch and off road lights, making it a serious contender in the 4x4 camper market. It's aluminum construction is fully insulated which means whether you're camping in the middle of the the jungle on the hottest day imaginable, or in Prudhoe Bay braving harsh winter conditions, you'll be comfortable.
In my opinion, it's the best looking vehicle that Tiger has produced to date, and the first to implement Tiger's three-point mounting system between the coach, and the chassis, which prevents torsional stresses from being transferred between the two. This means the coach can move slightly independently of the chassis under cross-axle articulation where the limits of the vehicles rigidity can be pushed. This helps to prevent damage from happening to the coach in technical terrain. It's also interesting that the F450 starts it's life as a 'dually' with two rear wheels on each side of the axle, the components Ford uses with this are stronger and uprated for a higher gross vehicle weight (GVWR). In the process of building the custom coach on the rear, they're able to convert the vehicle to a single rear wheel on each side of the axle, allowing the vehicle to have a narrower profile, while retaining the stronger axles and higher capacity of the dually.
Simply put, the interior of the Siberian Tiger looks great. It features the same open floor plan that people have come to love from the Tiger line-up; but it's just larger than ever before. It adds a touch of class with the 'VOC-free' Bamboo flooring and cabinetry with slam proof, and locking sliding drawers. The amenities are seemingly never-ending. There's a full kitchen, with a freezer, refrigerator and Corian countertops; A king-sized memory foam bed and a full bathroom. We haven't even talked about the A/C unit and the standard solar power which provides power to the AGM batteries when the generator isn't running. The recessed LED lighting is a nice touch, giving you that home-like feel wherever you decide to take the Siberian Tiger.
At around $175,000, The Tiger Adventure Vehicles Siberian Tiger isn't cheap - and it won't be for everyone. However if you're in the market for an American-made expedition vehicle such as this, it presents a great alternative to the much more expensive options.
For more detailed information you can check them out on the web at tigervehicles.com