The ARB Earth Camper Joins the Trailer Wars

ARB Earth Camper

Quick, without thinking about it, name five overland brands right off the top of your head. Ten-to-one says ARB is one of them. The venerable Australian manufacturer has been a stalwart in the market for decades, with a wide array of products, both cutting-edge and very traditional. The off-road trailer market is still red hot, and the Victoria-based behemoth has decided to wade in with a camper of its own: the ARB Earth Camper

ARB Earth Camper

The compact tag-along is already available in Australia, and the American market will likely be its first export debut. Pricing starts at $74,500 AUD, which will likely translate somewhere near $60,000 State-side. What do you get for your sixty large? The standard equipment list is fairly comprehensive and is stacked with a wide range of ARB and ARB-adjacent branded accessories. It includes, among other features:

  • 100Ah lithium battery
  • 120W solar panel
  • REDARC Manager30 battery management system
  • 96-liter dual-zone ARB ZERO fridge/freezer
  • 3-burner slide kitchen with sliding storage
  • 2 x Sirocco fans
  • 2 x 70-liter water tanks
  • 2 x 4 kg gas bottles
  • Queen-size bed with 150mm foam mattress
  • Under-bed storage with flip-out table
  • Built-in ARB freestanding awning
  • ARB BASE rack
  • ARB Earth Camper alloy wheels 16×7.5+20
  • Maxxis Razr all-terrain tires 265/75/R16
  • ARB Old Man Emu Nitrocharger suspension
  • Under vehicle protection plate

Of course, there is a whole slate of optional accessories as well, including more battery capacity, a Joolca water heater, an onboard air compressor, a Redarc inverter, and a stand-alone ensuite room.

ARB Earth Camper

ARB is highlighting the built structure of its trailer, which is a mandrel bent tubular steel chassis rather than a box frame that most trailers are based on. It’s an exoskeleton design with a fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) shell and a rear clam-shell opening. The walls are 25mm thick, including 20mm worth of insulating foam core. As befits an Outback-bound camper, the Earth Camper rides on an impressive suspension set-up with OME Nitrocharger shocks and exceptionally long trailing arms (900mm) for huge amounts of ground clearance, travel, and articulation.

Dimensionally, the Earth Camper is on the smaller side of the off-road trailer spectrum and seems perfect for two travelers:

  • 15.3 feet long (camper body is 11.6 feet long) x 7.6 feet tall x 6.5 feet wide
  • Dry Weight: 3,252 pounds
  • Payload: 937 pounds
  • Tongue Weight: 397 pounds

This is an interesting move for ARB. The Earth Camper is by far the largest and most complicated (and most expensive) single product they’ve ever made. The many years of manufacturing and expedition experience the company brings to bear on the Earth Camper will surely make for a high-quality product. We’ll look forward to trying one out on North American trails soon.

ARB Earth Camper

Images: ARB

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Stephan Edwards is the Associate Editor of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. He and his wife, Julie, once bought an old Land Rover sight unseen from strangers on the internet in a country they'd never been to and drove it through half of Africa. After living in Botswana for two years, Stephan now makes camp at the foot of a round mountain in Missoula, Montana. He still drives that Land Rover every day. An anthropologist in his former life and a lover of all things automotive, Stephan is a staunch advocate for public lands and his writing and photography have appeared in Road & Track, Overland Journal, and Adventure Journal. Find him at @venturesomeoverland on Instagram.