Extreme use Earthroamer

Gooseberry

Explorer
Let me first say that I have little or no experience compared to some of the others with large rigs that have posted on this thread! So please don't place much value in my view of "extreme" off roading with a "BIGASS $X$ Condominium". My "girl" Casa weighs 16'900 lbs dry (she goes right back on Jenny Craig whenever we get home from a trip) and up to 22K if we have the RHI boat on her roof in addition to the surfboards, kayak, etc. And of course all the food, h20, diesel, tequila... for an extended solo stay "MI CAMPO" (we've done 3+ weeks several times)

The whole concept about big adventure rigs is not hunting for extreme off-road, but being prepared when it finds YOU!

And OH MAN! When it does... It can put your knickers in a SERIOUS twist so fast your head will spin around!!! We've had several of the last 25 years, here is the one that could have been the worst...

We have spent most of the day exploring a remote part of the pacific side of Baja and its time to hunt for a camp site. We find this BEAUTIFUL lagoon to camp by and enjoy that evenings full moon , we turn on to this double track that is nice and firm and check out a couple of nice camp spots then I see the PERFECT spot about 1/4 of a K ahead of us and put down the throttle towards in on the hardpack...

THEN sank my 20,000 pound truck to above my axles!!! OOPS, what I thought was hardpack was actually soft marsh sand (quicksand) that at low tide had been warmed and dried by the afternoon sun and LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE THE ROAD I WAS DRIVING ON!

So now I am seriously stuck (with my freaking girlfriend and our 2 dogs), there is nobody around us for miles much less with a vehicle that could pull out a vehicle Casa's size...

AND THE TIDE IS RAISING!!!

We made it out! But boy, by the "shorthairs", the lagoon tide rose that night by about 5 feet and made where we first got stuck about a 1/4 mile from dry land!

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That’s because you are prepared and can handle that situation.


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Gooseberry

Explorer
The thing is the places I take my RB Sportsmobile are not the places I would take any one of these. It’s simple to see and I’m not going to bag on who but they failed on the simple course at expo a few years ago and yes I freaked out a Land Rover guy that kept saying you can’t do that. I do think he wet himself for real


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AbleGuy

[Back] Roads Scholar
Ok, hee, hee,, just to “poke the caged, angry bear” a bit more 😈 and have some more fun with this topic of pricey rigs going off-road, while I’d dearly love to be able to afford a $170,000 SMB just like this one written up here in the XP, I’m really wondering if maybe I can make do with our Subaru Outback for a few more years.🤔


Pics from the XP article on the beautiful new, very pricey wide bodied SMB van, driving on a forest road somewhere up in the Cascades, implicitly showing its intended usefulness:


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Pictures below of where we were driving just a few weeks ago...nothing too hardcore, but certainly no better than the road pictured above, way up on top of those same mountains, taking the Suby into the woods to pick huckleberries:

(These weren’t designed to be cool, instagram, scenic shots...I was just fooling around with my tiny iPod to document our day’s outing...)
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So, I don’t see a whole heck of a lot of difference in these two roads.
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Happy to have saved $140k when we bought the Subaru instead of the SMB.
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So, just to be clear...I’m not bashing the capability of this awesome SMB van. In fact, if I found out that I won the lotto tomorrow, my second phone call would be to these SMB guys ordering one of these.

But, as the issue in this thread brought up....how often do these lucky, wealthy adventure mobile buyers ever get out in the wild and use their fancy rigs hard? Do worries about things like getting a little vegetation pin striping on the pretty paint discourage too many of owners from really discovering the fun these rigs are intended to bring them? We sometimes wonder.

And, if you’re trying to sell me one of these expensive, go anywhere beasts, try showing them used in a bit more of a challenging situation than taking a Sunday picnic drive out in the woods on a nice, graded dirt road.

Yeah, yeah....I know what some of you are going to say about this lame comparison above....and,hey, guess what, I agree with you!
 
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AbleGuy

[Back] Roads Scholar
Waiting for all the cool videos of an ER doing something a Honda 4WD Pilot cant.
Phil....I’d have to say that the vids you’ve linked me to previously, showing what insane things those incredible Maltec campers can do clearly set the bars for promoting the off-road ability of expensive expedition rigs.

(I’ve lost the links...maybe you could post a few of the Sahara Sand Dunes ones here)
 

LandCruiserPhil

Expedition Leader
Phil....I’d have to say that the vids you’ve linked me to previously, showing what insane things those incredible Maltec campers can do clearly set the bars for promoting the off-road ability of expensive expedition rigs.

(I’ve lost the links...maybe you could post a few of the Sahara Sand Dunes ones here)
I will save the links for an appropriate thread. But to be fair some of the Maltec truck like many of the costly trucks talked about here also going from Four Season to 4 Season and never see much offroad. The difference here is yes they are very capable. The owner below lives comfortable 250 days+ a year in his truck and rules the dunes. During this trip I did see a Unimog and it did OK until it fell over and the truck below winched it back up.🤷‍♂️

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Peter_n_Margaret

Adventurer
but sit down to take a poop, cook a meal in a storm, travel 500 miles of dirt roads with all your stuff, cause you live full time in it, and safely sleep in any weather dam near anywhere.
Still have a beer in the evening and not see a shop for a month while you do it. That is the bottom line for us.
…. ps... ripping the hell out of the environment on the way is not part of the deal either...
Cheers,
Peter
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Trikebubble

Adventurer
They’ve got really huge mother’s, like this, up there.
And yeah, you better get out of their way!

(Kinda like those scary, ginormous asbestos mine trucks that you’d encounter coming straight at you, roaring right down the middle of the gravel surfaced Cassiar Highway years ago.)

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And now, back to the rather tired discussion of whether $300 k campers could/should be driven off-road.....
I met one of those coming around a corner. Exactly like that. It was quite the experiance. I pretty much ate the ditch as he took up the entire road.

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Grenadiers

Adventurer
I will save the links for an appropriate thread. But to be fair some of the Maltec truck like many of the costly trucks talked about here also going from Four Season to 4 Season and never see much offroad. The difference here is yes they are very capable. The owner below lives comfortable 250 days+ a year in his truck and rules the dunes. During this trip I did see a Unimog and it did OK until it fell over and the truck below winched it back up.🤷‍♂️

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Check out the Saurer 6dm action! Same vehicle as ours, minus the cabin on the back. I wouldn't have the nerve for this though. 25 years of rock crawling in built Jeeps for me, but not in an 14 ton vehicle!
 

shade

Well-known member
Check out the Saurer 6dm action! Same vehicle as ours, minus the cabin on the back. I wouldn't have the nerve for this though. 25 years of rock crawling in built Jeeps for me, but not in an 14 ton vehicle!
That'd be a hell of a way to treat your home.

I wonder how long it'd take to hand dig & fill an anchor pit to winch that beast back on its wheels.
 
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