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WranglerEarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle (UPDATED)
Posted by mike on 2007/3/27 21:50:19 (5088) reads


Earlier today, EarthRoamer.com LLC announced the "XV-JP" - an expedition vehicle based on the 2007 Wrangler:

EarthRoamer is proud to announce the EarthRoamer XV-JP! Built on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited platform, the new EarthRoamer XV-JP combines Jeep's legendary off road capability with innovative EarthRoamer design to create a vehicle with unprecedented capability.

Other than the photo, there's not a whole lot of information to go on just yet - no pricing has been announced. We'll post all the details as we get them.

UPDATE: Check out the comments for lots more details about the vehicle.

UPDATE 2: From Matt at EarthRoamer, "I will have a prototype at Jeep week in Moab next week, so anybody who wants to see it up close should look me up in the DaimlerChrysler display area."

(photo courtesy of EarthRoamer.com LLC)

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Josephus
Posted: 2007/3/29 22:53  Updated: 2007/3/29 22:53
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
I think if you look back at the various vehicles EarthRoamer has built you would find that all they build is 2 passenger RV's for Whay Off-highway expeditions. What they are built for, they do well.
If you have more than 2 people in your party, just buy more EarthRoamers.
Comparing these to a regular RV is like complaining about space in a fighter jet compared to an airliner. It's just not the same.

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sylvanis
Posted: 2007/3/28 21:41  Updated: 2007/3/28 21:41
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
It's interesting, and I would like to see the interior layout, but really if there is only room for 2 why not just take a 2 dr JK and a tent. Because really the only thing I see is a tent that sits on top of your roof. Might as well just strap a hammock to your roll bar and a tree.

I think it's a cool concept, but with more than just 2 people, it destroys the concept of the new 4 door JK.

Just my $0.02.

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trevorj
Posted: 2007/3/29 1:51  Updated: 2007/3/29 1:51
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
I think you missed the point entirely.

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Posted: 2007/3/29 8:40  Updated: 2007/3/29 8:41
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
Right. The point seems to be to wrangle up to $100,000 away from people that don't realize they can get the same functionality for less than $40,000 by buying a standard-issue JKL Rubi and throwing on a bunch of accessories, like a water tank, solar shower, refrigerator, and a tent! Actually, my suggested rig would be more functional, since you would be able to pass under lower tree branches.

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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
I didn't miss the point at all.

I think that my point might not have been clear enough. The JKL was designed to hold 4-5 people. By modding the JKL to this expedition vehicle, it only holds 2 people, completely eliminating the inherent value of the JKL.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great mod with all the amenities of a miniRV.

I bet these guys would have liked one
http://www.jeepnewsnow.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1462

While I've never wheeled in BC, I know by me there would be some real concerns about clearance from the trees.

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GregB
Posted: 2007/3/28 19:51  Updated: 2007/3/28 19:51
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehi...
Is it just me or does it look more like this is built off a Gladiator with a specialty camper shell? I'm sure it would be easier to build or produce after market kits like this if they'd just make the Gladiator

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Posted: 2007/3/28 10:59  Updated: 2007/3/28 10:59
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle
MORE INFO: http://www.expeditionportal.com/news/EarthRoamer_XV-JP.htm

Mission Profile

1. Go anywhere factory Rubicon Unlimited platform can go with exceptions due to additional height only

2. Functionality Driven
Ease of Use Simplicity
Durability

3. Living Space Requirements
A. Two People
1. Seating and sleeping for 2 people

2. Sleeping for two when roof deployed

3. Sleeping for one when roof NOT deployed

B. Refrigeration to cover typical use
C. Heated
D. Fan Ventilation
E. Cooking Facilities
F. Toilet
G. Shower with hot water
H. Fresh Water
1. Enough for typical use (estimated at 20-25 gallons)

2. Filling ability from fresh water source

3. Onboard water purification

Pricing is estimated to be in the Sub- $100k range, including the Jeep.

Vehicle is currently in R&D, so individual specifications are subject to change.

Testing will begin in February 2007, first deliveries will begin Summer of 2007.

Questions can be directed directly to Matt - matt@earthroamer.com.

Interested parties can reserve a production slot with a fully refundable $5,000 deposit.

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2007/3/28 2:46  Updated: 2007/3/28 2:46
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle
Seriously, it reminds me of the M-712 Field Ambulance. Sign me up.

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dyg
Posted: 2007/3/28 7:22  Updated: 2007/3/28 7:22
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle
This ... uh ... ooh! ... wow.

I'm all for this if it's user convertible and if they don't go overboard with the luxury items.

Otherwise, I'll stick with an expedition trailer.

I wonder if they'll consider offering this as an empty commercial shell ... ?

You could say that I'm shell-shocked (nyuck, nyuck)... This thing looks fantastic!

dyg

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2007/3/28 2:44  Updated: 2007/3/28 2:44
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle
Hmmmm....

So, does that mean that you are, like BEHIND the Gladiator. (Uhhhhhh-Huh huh huh huh)

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snakesausa
Posted: 2007/3/28 0:35  Updated: 2007/3/28 16:56
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 Re: EarthRoamer Announces XV-JP: Wrangler Expedition Vehicle
This is now my second favorite vehicle, Gladiator being my favorite of course!

This is beyond Cool.
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