By Steve & Tamami Laser
EarthCruiser Australia, the aftermarket company that makes expedition-style all-terrain campers, has introduced the new Extreme XTR250. Based on the current Australian-market Toyota Land Cruiser, the camper joins EarthCruiser’s lineup that includes the Mercedes-Benz G-Pro Escape, and Unimog-based Explorer XPR440.
Toyota Land Cruiser global sales recently topped 10 million units, while Australia remains the number one market with cumulative sales topping the 1 million mark. In production for more than 30 years, the Land Cruiser 70 Series is offered in ute (pickup), wagon and troop carrier body styles.
EarthCruiser’s new camper starts life as a new Toyota Land Cruiser cab chassis (LC79), offering the choice of single or double cab. Power is supplied by a rugged Toyota 4.5-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine teamed with a 5-speed manual, or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive is standard, of course.
EarthCruiser mods include rear parabolic springs, Bilstein shocks, an upgraded differential with track correction, EN26 heavy-duty chrome molly full-floating axles from JMAX, a fortified clutch, special alloy wheels shod with Black Bear Mud Terrain tires, a larger brake booster, and ventilated front and rear disc brakes.
The camper body is fully molded and features high-density thermal foam walls, floor and roof. Features include an electrically actuated pop-top, two-step electric entry steps, an integrated awning, two opening windows with fly-screens and black-out blinds.
Flexible, well-equipped living space includes a double bed, a single bed with convertible dinette, high-density mattress with memory foam topper, interior lights, a refrigerator and freezer, a diesel heater, climate control, continuous hot water, and freshwater drinking fountain with purifier.
Campsite cooking gear includes a two-burner induction cooktop, stainless-steel sink and tap mixer fed by a 12-volt water pump, and a fold-down swivel table with legs for outdoor use. Other comforts of home include an external and internal shower and a toilet.
EarthCruiser says that its advanced 450 amp lithium batteries power the camper’s electrical systems. Batteries recharge via standard 270W solar panels (with additional 270W available), or when the truck is moving, using its alternator, and when the rig is stationary via a 25-50 amp battery charger. A 3,000W inverter powers an external BBQ (above). Digital switching (Finscan) panels are mounted in the camper and cab, with more than 120 functions for ease of use.
The lengthy option list includes upgraded sound systems with Hema mapping, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity, touchscreen control with more than 80 functions, cruise control, a backup camera, Celfi 100dba booster, and an Aerial 4G modem. Also available are 13,000 lb. Runva Winches mounted in the front and rear, LED light bar, Hella HID, EarthAir rear-mount air conditioner, 80 channel UHF (GME) with aerial, roof-mounted fans, onboard compressed air, plus a second spare tire.
While EarthCruiser has started accepting orders for the new Extreme XTR250 from its customers in Australia, the company says it takes about six-to-eight months to complete each unit.
Note: Vehicle features, specifications, and launch timing for Australian market models is subject to change without notice. Extreme XTR250 is not available in America
News source and photos courtesy of EarthCruiser Pty. Ltd.
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