• Nissan Titan XD Hellwig-Lance RV is a “Rule Breaker” at over $118,000


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    Nissan Titan XD Hellwig-Lance (credit: truckcampermagazine.com)

    Hellwig and Nissan got together last year to build the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck with a Lance camper. In many ways, this was a proof of concept project for both companies as Hellwig and Nissan wanted a rolling example of what they were capable of. The Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck was well received at the 2016 SEMA show and it impressed journalists on the trails right before the 2017 Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona.

    Hellwig used a Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X with a Cummins diesel V8 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed Aisin transmission and the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X has an electric locking rear differential. It can tow up to 11,790 lbs, but with the diesel, the payload is limited to 1,744 lbs payload – and that could have been an issue. Hellwig’s upgraded, off-road suspension with air-bags can easily compensate for the (2,000 lbs) Lance camper.

    The Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck was stellar on hard-packed dirt, rocky riverbed and washboard roads. I had a chance to truly scrutinize it as I filmed it from one of the chase-trucks. Not only does the Hellwig suspension compensate for the extra weight, it kept the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Hellwig “Rule Breaker” Overlanding Truck from swaying too.

    I would love to try it out in Colorado and see what it can really do.

    Here’s an equipment list with prices.

    Nissan may have hit upon something special with its XD models. Think about it: less weight than a “Big-3” heavy duty, but more capability than a 1/2 ton. It’s a compelling perspective.

    The Lance camper was only unusual in its lack of a folding/collapsible roof option. Many overlanders prefer a roof that lowers a bit to aid in a lower center of gravity, better aerodynamics and a lower profile. Still, the Lance camper, which has a kitchen, bathroom, queen bed and provisions to build a smaller bed where the dining table is, looks like it belongs – especially with the matching wrap.

    I think the yellow design motif looks outstanding.

    The video should be available soon. Until then, enjoy a fun romp through the countryside in (what I suspect to be) a great platform to use as an overlander, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.


    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    11 thoughts on “Nissan Titan XD Hellwig-Lance RV is a “Rule Breaker” at over $118,000

    1. Adding air bags may help with the truck bottoming out. But I’m betting nothing was done with changing the Axle’s to support the weight. These Titans still only have a semi floating axles.

    2. How much payload left for all the camping necessities? Most truck campers should be fitted on a 3/4 ton truck at least for safety’s sake. But this match looks good for driveway camping!

    3. I would think that if they raise the gvwr to make it legal. It is no longer a half ton and require the registration weight fees of a larger truck.

      How can you load 3000 lbs on a truck rated at less than 1800 lbs. (It’s not just the 2000lbs camper. There is all the other equipment such a winch, heavier wheels and tires. Passengers, water, food, you guys know what I mean.

      State vehicle registration dept. Should investigate.

      Sounds like Nissan has devised a sceme to avoid taxes and fees.

    4. And did you see the build sheet? The truck lists at 69,600.00.
      How can that be?
      You can get a nice 3/4 ton , 1 ton from any of the big 3 for less than that.

    5. Yeah, no thanks, I like my HD truck to have full floating rear axles. XD is a pig, adding air springs is just lipstick.

    6. The only compelling perspectiveon this truck is how they magically changed the GVWR on the trucks sticker. Not sure our regulatory agencies will like that bit of magic. Interesting that it’s mentioned it weighs less than a 3/4. Those few hundred pounds sure did come in handy with those bumpers. The honest way to build this is with the 5.6 motor, it’s still overloaded however.

    7. 69+! With that kind of money you can get 1ton single and you would be a whole lot better off than a Titan. With out adding all suspension pieces to beef up the suspension for that camper and be legal.
      Titan xd is not required have fuel mileage. Just keep that in mind.

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