Ever since we transitioned to a nomadic lifestyle, we have been fascinated by the idea of traveling around the world in a 4×4 expedition vehicle. While we were visiting Bend, Oregon, we scheduled an appointment at EarthCruiser to check out their lineup of off-road vehicles built for just about any adventure.
EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles
“The truck is designed around the travel experience, the travel experience is not designed around truck.” – Lance Gillies, Chief Floor Sweeper at EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles
A huge thank you to Lance Gillies and Michelle Boltz for taking us out in their personal EarthCruiser EXP. The test drive gave us an idea of what it would be like to travel on some rough roads in an overland vehicle.
I learned so much from Lance and Michelle, it’s impossible to share everything in a post. If you are looking for an overland vehicle, take the time to visit EarthCruiser in Bend, Oregon. There are so many details and considerations that go into building an EarthCruiser, it will make your head spin.
One thing I do want to highlight is that every EarthCruiser is 100% made in the U.S.A. Below are the fives types of overland vehicles available.
The EXD is the newest vehicle in EarthCruiser’s line up. What makes EXD different is the EarthCruiser house is built on an off-road 4×4 truck chassis. I got a chance to pop my head in to one of the first EXD built which you can check out in the Overland Expo video below.
The EXP is the one we test drove. This is a true global expedition vehicle built on the 4×4 Fuso truck chassis. It fits in a standard parking spot and into a standard shipping container. I was surprised to learn from Lance that shipping a vehicle like this to Europe costs around $1,200.
The FX is similar to the EXP in that it’s also built on the 4×4 Fuso truck chassis. The main difference is the FX has a fixed roof, making the vehicle taller and can seat four people instead of two in the EXP.
The MOD is a modular all season shell that can be customized to fit the customer’s needs. With two options to choose from, the MOD can be paired with a wide selection of mid size and full size trucks.
The GZL truck camper is an introductory overland vehicle for someone not quiet ready for the FX or EXP. These are made to fit in a variety of truck beds including the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Ranger.
For more information about EarthCruiser head over to their website https://earthcruiser.com/
If you enjoyed the EarthCruiser video, check out the All Terrain Warrior video.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 14, 2017 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.