The couple I bought it from spent two years traveling with the 4Runner from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. We have seen added several miles through Northern Chile, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay.Small is great for weekend trips. Those trips are not on any level of full time living and traveling especially in hot tropical climates.
There is over $200K profit in every Earthroamer.I'm a little surprised on the cost of the $500k+ rigs for a base model. For my line of work I have lead the acquisition for 4 mobile command centers. 2 of them that are similar or larger than these Overland Rigs around. And no they dont hav ethe luxury that these vehicles have, but there is much more expensive equipment in our rigs (think tethered drones, 50ft masts, racks of servers, 4 of every communication method you can think of, SATCOM, banks of 48V lithium batteries.)
These rigs are built to order one offs that are completely custom. Every inch of it is tailored to our exact needs. Our version that is fairly close to a ER is about $450k. So with ER being assembly line products....the sticker surprises me!
Just my $0.02
Well if you can't operate a Simple Green spray bottle, or stick a box together, then yeah, you're better off dumping $200,000 on something all new.You forgot the part about harvesting janky appliances from expired junk yard RVs.....
I couldn't agree more. Having gone through a "build", I understand the enormous amount of labour involved, as well as the R&D aspect. I based mine on an ATW bus, and can in no way match the quality of build they have acheived. All up costs for my finished rig came to $100k AUS, and considering what $250 - $300 k buys for an ATW Global Warrior, I consider it value for money to get their level of finish, beautifully considered systems and warranty.Comparing a DIY camper "expedition" or not, (with free labor and different build standards), to a low volume, professionally made (and supported) rig is somewhat ridiculous