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Press Release: Earth Cruiser Outback Explorer to be Made in America

Press Release, BEND, Ore. — Last week, America’s largest recreational vehicle show in Hershey, Pa., displayed over 1,200 vehicles. Attendees kicked the tires of RVs, and there seemed to be just as many buyers looking to travel dirt roads as those who prefer to stay on the pavement, according to a press release from EarthCruiser USA. One vehicle, called the “Outback Explorer,” is a rugged RV engineered from the DNA of the famous EarthCruiser Expedition RV, originally designed and tested on some of the most challenging terrain in Australia, says the release. The new Outback is being manufactured in the USA at HOST Industries in Bend, Ore.

“Every month, the Outback gets more popular,” explained vehicle developer Lance Gillies. “Americans are interested in adventure travel. The Outback is very capable, comfortable, affordable, and can take them to places they could never drive in a typical RV.” Based on the Mitsubishi FUSO 4×4 chassis, the vehicle is priced near $140K. The rugged rig provides users with exceptional reliability and class leading fuel economy courtesy of the DOHC, 4-cylinder diesel engine, states the release.

“We’re thrilled to see the growing popularity of this style of RV,” says Mike Rumsey, VP of sales for Fuso trucks of America. “There’s an active group of American travelers who are not interested in the same RV experience as their parents or grandparents. The Outback Explorer uses new vehicle technology and engineering of our chassis to take people to new and exciting destinations. It’s an awesome choice for active travelers.”

The vehicle employs Mitsubishi’s Duonic transmission, which supplies continuous power to all four wheels to help maintain maximum traction along with the vehicle’s kinetic mounting system for long camper life and a comfortable ride. During the Hershey event, they demonstrated this system by driving one wheel of the Outback onto a spare tire. Even with one wheel elevated, the RV’s living area remained perfectly level and the slide-outs operated flawlessly, states the release. The basic box section, all welded aluminum and fiberglass camper shell, incorporates two opposing lateral slides, one for the kitchen and the other for the dinette, and includes plenty of amenities, plus interior and exterior storage. As buyers inspected the Outback Explorer, the popular comment was, “This is just plain cool!”


Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.