• 2017 EarthRoamer XV-LTS Ford F-550: Is it the Ultimate $500,000 Off-Road RV? (Video)


    2017 ford f550 diesel adventure truck earthroamer xv-lts
    2017 EarthRoamer XV-LTS (Ford F-550)

    What if you wanted to venture out on a long cross-country adventure, but you did not want to leave the comfort of home behind. The folks at EarthRoamer think that the 2017 XV-LTS is the vehicle you might be looking for. This is the next generation of the adventure RV from the company that is based on the new 2017 Ford F-550 4×4 turbo-diesel chassis. The truck’s cab is now made of aluminum, and the frame is redesigned for more stiffness.

    EarthRoamer offers the XV series of adventure vehicles in crew cab or extended cab configurations. The “home” compartment now comes in just one size, but there are several floor plans, and the interior decor options seem limitless.

    One of EarthRoamer’s coolest party tricks is the independent four-corner air suspension. The truck has three pre-selected ride heights, but each corner can be controlled individually to level out a parked truck on uneven terrain or simply to show off in front of some friends.

    The XV-LTS rides on 41-inch tires with two-piece beadlock rims. It can do 900 – 1,000 miles of range on a single tank of diesel, and it can operate in a variety of weather conditions (including freezing temperatures close to -30F, according to EarthRoamer). We have not had a chance to test the XV-LTS out for ourselves, but we are working on bringing this crazy RV to a remote camping spot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

    Prices start at $438,000 and can reach around $570,000 with all the options.

    Get all of the details in this video interview/walk-around.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    30 thoughts on “2017 EarthRoamer XV-LTS Ford F-550: Is it the Ultimate $500,000 Off-Road RV? (Video)

    1. Defintely No. Talked to someone very well known who owned one.Let us put it this way he has not contacted Ford or Eathroamer since his purchase. Many much more effective Expedition Vehicles out there. Must admit it looks impressive, but Company went into bankruptcy before

      1. Were the problems of the person you knew who owned one on the Ford side, the EarthRoamer side or both? It seems to me that there are many things on this vehicle that have the potential to fail and would be expensive to fix. I expect it will become increasingly expensive to maintain as it gets older.

        I realise that this vehicle is aimed at a wealthy market who are not overly concerned with the cost of things but I still think that there are better options out there for a lot less money which would also require less maintenance and be more reliable. You do not want any of your vehicles features to fail when you are hundreds of miles from help.

        1. @Jason Scott
          Both Companies had a lot of problems Ford actually gave official backing

      2. Not really sure what it is that you are saying. “has not contacted Ford or Eathroamer since his purchase” What does that mean? I’d assume if he had problems with the vehicle he would have contacted at least one of them. Everything is going well then?

        1. @’Sparky 21
          He was very unhappy Camper with both companies. He had a fairly high profile. Previously Bell Helicopter s had sponsored him. He has done around the world record attempts

        2. @Sparky21
          To clear the confusion, he constantly contacted Ford uptill the moment the vehicle broke down in Mongolia.He had to leave it there for 6 months till he could have it repaired and he could drive it to be taken to Perth, then across Australia to finish. Talking to him there were too many problems with the vehicle and moyorhome.Ford did officially back him though. Not very hapoy at all, unlike his Solo flight the Globe in a helicopter, the first to ever have done it.

          1. All Earthroamer vehicles have been built using Ford chassis. The earliest vehicles the company produced were during the period of the Navistar-built 6.0L Ford diesel. These engines were very hit or miss and had incredibly high warranty / buyback claims. It was this engine that prompted Ford to develop its own diesel, the 6.7L. Before that could be complete, however, Ford went through one more iteration of Navistar-built diesels, the 6.4L. These engines were better in some respects, and worse in others. So unless he was in a model-year 2011 or newer Earthroamer, he likely could have ended up in a problematic vehicle. The Ford chassis, aside from the Navistar diesels, is an excellent and reliable choice – not to mention the only pickup-style 5500 series (at the time). Earthroamer may have had teething problems with its early vehicles as well – probably many lessons have been learned and implemented by now. But personally, I couldn’t care less about your buddy’s problems. Thousands of other people got screwed the same way, if not worse, by Ford during this era…just because you’re rich or famous surely doesn’t make your problems any more important than the average Joe who bought one of these Ford diesels back then…

            1. Of course, maybe he bought one of the bigger Earthroamers…based upon the Ford 650/750 chassis…which until 2016, would have used a Cummins engine…

    2. Wow! This one expensive rv !

      Wood species? Lol

      Good video for the wealthy Andre.

    3. Andre – – –

      Interesting, but ins’t the more modest design using a Titan XD (for $118,000) a bit more cost-effective?
      (http://www.tfltruck.com/2017/05/see-nissan-titan-xd-pro-4x-rule-breaker-overlanding-truck-action/)

      But the various winches on the this “EarthRoamer” have prompted a question:

      Almost all OR vehicles (like my Jeep Wangler) have winches ONLY in the front. Why is that?
      When I got bogged down in swamp, the last thing I needed was to winch myself deeper into it, in order to try to get out! Since most of us get into trouble by going FORWARD into difficult situations, wouldn’t it make sense to un-do the trouble by winching BACKWARD out of the difficult situations ??? Shouldn’t a rear winch be the primary, and a front winch be secondary?
      Anyone? (^_^)…

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      1. Great question! The winch tends to be mounted in the front because it’s closer to the driver and driver’s point of view. However, the Nissan Titan XD had a hitch received mounted winch solution, so that you could move the winch around (front or back).

        Thanks,
        Andre.

        1. Thanks, Andre – – –

          Other than Nissan making its own for the Titan, do you know of any aftermarket companies that make easily “movable” winches with 2″-Receiver adapters, for any truck or SUV?

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          1. Bernie –
            Many companies produce winches with mount in the standard 2″ hitch receiver of most vehicles, and have for years. In fact, Warn sells an adapter for $90 that will allow you mount any standard winch into a receiver hitch. They also sell a Warn winch with large “handles” so it may be carried from the front of the vehicle to the rear. Companies like Ranch Hand that make aftermarket bumpers often integrate a 2″ receiver hitch mount in the front bumper so you can swap the winch.

            There are some challenges to a rear-mounted hitch. One is wiring. Winches use very heavy, high-amperage cabling. So you would have to run long cables from the battery to the rear, unless you had a dedicated rear battery. Another challenge is stress on the hitch, especially during side pulls. Straight pulls are fine, but side pulls stress the hitch much more than even the heaviest trailer would.

            One last thought: front winches are common because many times the winch is used to pull the vehicle through an obstacle it can’t clear on its own, such as a rock climb, mud pit, area where the vehicle becomes cross-axled, etc. But you are right, there are sometimes situations where you simply cannot winch through an obstacle because it is too long, too deep, etc.

          2. Literally ALL OF THEM. You can get a front receiver option with many HD bumpers or a simple front receiver. Several 3rd party companies sell a winch mount cradle, and Warn, Ramsey, Superwinch, Mile Marker, etc all have a specific multi mount winch available.

      2. With big, heavy rigs like this, the winch is as (more?) useful to winch stuff (trees, dead landrovers, etc) off into the woods rather than for trying to skid a 7 ton camper through a swamp.

    4. Couple questions popped into my head.

      How much does one of things weight?

      You can get a v-10 in the 450/ 550 I wonder if earth roamer would convert a f-550 with the v-10?

      1. All EarthRoamer vehicles are diesel-powered. We hope to get this truck for a couple of days of testing. We will get you the weight and more information.

        Andre.

    5. What an awesome vehicle – I have actually seen one of these cruising up the highway in VT. The massive tires really do allow it to go anywhere. It does seem like a lot of money for what you are getting, but if you really study this tour, you will realize there is a ton of money going into one of these things. A Lariat-level F-550 Crew 4×4 diesel is about $65,000. The Hutchinson beadlock wheels, adapters, and Continental mil-spec tires probably easily add $10k more. The custom bumpers, 16.5k Warn winches, and auxiliary lights add thousands more. Oasis is about the finest air compressor you can buy. Think about the cost of all those roof solar panels!! Think about the custom utensil, cutlery, drink holders, dishware! The powered awning, the wind sensor, the aux heating and A/C system, the RV equipment, the leather couch, etc, etc. Yes, they make a tidy sum on these things…but being so low volume…they need to. Very awesome.

    6. Another thing about cost is these are a niche vehicle. They are not mass produced vehicle and the company has to pay employees, overhead, R@D etc. so much of the money has to be profit to keep the company alive. Those that want one and can afford one has no issues with cost. Similar to my wife and I, while I wish we had a 45′ class A diesel pusher motor home, I had no issue buying a 36′ class A gas. You spend a lot of money for what little you get but, niche vehicle and the company has to survive. I mean $130,000 for a truck chassis and 250 ish square foot living area is a ton of money. But it is what it is.

      1. It doesn’t have front or rear lockers, only a limited slip. Ford does not offer lockers on any of their dually vehicles. However, it will have brake-based traction control which can simulate a locker and help shift power to the side with traction.

    7. Andre, this could open up a whole thing for you guys. I’d like to see some driving/camping reviews of Motorhomes. Particularly Super C’s with diesels. Thor is switching over to the new F550 chassis for 2018, they are in the $130k-160k range with the Power Stroke. I think there is a market for Ford to start doing a diesel hybrid too. Also, the Jayco Seneca looks good too. That’s on a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins ISB and Allison 2500. A little more money than the Thor, but more upmarket too.

      The Fast Lane Motorhome!!

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