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Best ultimate bug out and survival vehicle for urban survival

How far can you travel on 90 gallons of gas? That’s a key question if you’re bugging out or trying to survive in the wilderness! In the EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle, you could get more than 1,000 miles from home before you have to fill up your tank. With another 90 gallons of water and solar panels on board, you’ll be self-sufficient in all of your travels, whether you stay on the road or you decide to pave your own trail. Two main features separate the EarthRoamer from the other RVs you’ve seen traveling the roads, says EarthRoamer’s president and CEO, Bill Swails. “When I originally designed it, I wanted a vehicle that had the off-road capability to get to very remote places such as four-wheel drive trails and places that typical RVs just aren’t designed to go,” he says. “Secondly, once you get to those remote locations, I wanted it to be a totally standalone vehicle— shelter, cooking and  bathroom would all be built-in without the need for hookups.”


Whereas a traditional RV needs power, water and sewer hookups, the EarthRoamer is designed to visit remote locations using its standalone solar power and high capacity water and fuel tanks. “The biggest factor of how long you can be out in the EarthRoamer is how long you can make that 90 gallons of water last,” Swails says. “If someone takes a long shower, they could pump out 90 gallons all at once, but most survivalists are able to go a week or two—or longer with the 90-gallon tank.” “We have one customer who likes to go to Baja and camp on the beach,” Swails says. “He gets plenty to eat from fishing, so we created a vehicle that pumps water in from the ocean, has a special unit that’s powered by the solar panels that takes salt out of the water and makes fresh water for him, so he can stay in the vehicle indefinitely since it’s parked and doesn’t require more gas.” If you’re interested in finding your way off-road in an Earth-Roamer, you won’t just pluck one off the shelf. “Every EarthRoamer is built for the user,” Swails says. “We have several base layouts and basic interior configurations, and then we tailor the vehicle to  meet the needs of the individual.

The XV-LT model specifics

EarthRoamer’s XV-LT model is based on a Ford F-550 commercial duty truck chassis and has seven model configurations that include the following customizable features:

  • Three Ford cabs available: The Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Crew Cab
  • Lengths ranging from 22.6 feet to 27.5 feet
  • Three EarthRoamer camper sizes: LT, LT Stretch, and LT Super Stretch
  • With the Regular Cab, this vehicle has a turning radius of only 21.2 feet
  • The Crew Cab has sleeping quarters for up to four adults


The XV-HD model specifics

The bigger XV-HD model of the EarthRoamer is based on a Ford F-650 commercial  duty truck chassis, with sleeping quarters for up to eight people and lengths ranging from 19.7 feet to more than 38.8 feet. This model has the following possible configurations:


  • A four-wheel drive Xpedition vehicle
  • A fifth-wheel motor home that can tow a heavy horse trailer, a racecar trailer, a boat, or other items.
  • A toy hauler model that can carry vehicles like quads, dirt bikes, or golf carts.
  • A one-piece molded composite body requiring no internal metal structure for support, allowing it to be highly durable and equal in quality to a luxury aircraft

King of comfort


One of the reasons that the All Terrain Warriors are known as the kings of comfort is due to the company’s parabolic leaf springs, which offer a startling 24 inches of articulation for off-road use but also provide an ultra-comfortable ride on the road. The company sells its spring sets for your stock Fuso, and each set includes the following:

  • Four sets of springs
  • Four shocks
  • Two rear bump stops and brackets
  • Two front bumper stops
  • Four sets of U-bolts
  • The cost per set is $6,250 if you plan to install it off-site, or $7,185 for the company to include the installation.

Super single wheels


Maximize your on- and off-road capabilities with a set of heavy-duty single track wheels that convert the Mitsubishi Fuso from a dual rear wheel setup to a single rear wheel that tracks with the front tires. These DOT-approved wheels more than quadruple your wheel load rating from 3,858 pounds to 13,227 pounds per wheel. The wheels also feature the following benefits:

  • Increased rolling diameter results in higher gearing to improve fuel consumption.
  • Reduces wear on the drivetrain and tires.
  • Valves on both sides for easy inflation.
  • No rocks can be caught between the duals, which avoids sidewall damage.
  • Extremely heavy-duty, 16-ply tubeless tires with high-puncture resistance.
  • Mud and snow tread pattern to give better traction in all conditions.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the 2013 print issue of American Survival Guide.