When it comes to the world of extreme motorhomes, few can hold a candle to the folks at EarthCruiser which have made the task of building off-road capable Mad Max-Esque RVs into a very elegant art form. But while many of their prior offerings have certainly wowed us with their impressive levels of versatility, the lone item that has been missing is space for more than a couple of passengers to ride safely up front. The outfitter has addressed this concern, with all new dual-cab versions of both the FX and EXP.
The new designs are extensions of the current FX and EXP, which means that underneath the rugged bodywork is the familiar Fuso based chassis that underpins the standard variants. Both models are powered by a GM sourced 6.0 liter Vortec V8 that is good for 297 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. An Allison sourced six speed automatic transmission helps send power to all four wheels, with the hoops themselves being mounted to Dynatrac Pro Series 80 axles with front and rear mounted ARB lockers. Protection was also paramount, with EarthCruiser engineers adding skid plates, brush guards, and even a massive winch to help pull the duo out of trouble.
The big news here of course is the extra cab which can now seat four passengers in the front instead of two. The extra cab is equipped with two captains chairs that feature standard safety restraints as well as reasonable amounts of comfort. Like the single cab model, dual-cab variants feature a handy pass through that allows owners to easily make their way from the front to the rear living area.
“We have been looking forward to the dual cab release since the V8 platform was first conceptualized” said Chad Knight EarthCruiser General Manager. “For years our owners have been going farther and living lives of true adventure. The dual cab platform allows our next generation of owners to share this lifestyle with their children, their parents, and their friends.”
As for the fore-mentioned living area, it continues to be the best an RV owner can get with the space featuring a fully equipped kitchen with built-in stove and pull out refrigerator. A large dinette is also on hand to help with family meals especially when you have friends along. The bathroom is also reasonably equipped with a composting toilet, and a full stand up shower. A water filtration system is available along with a separate optional water heater. Electrical power follows recent EarthCruiser tradition, and comes from a 400 amp-hour battery system that is charged through an alternator charger, a 300 watt inverter/charger, as well as three 108 watt solar panels. Buyers looking for more power can equip their rigs with larger batteries as well as more solar panels. The enhanced power generation is also joined by more living oriented options including a pop top sky bed, enhanced storage space, upgraded exterior lighting, and even a rear mounted winch to compliment the standard front winch.
Pricing for the dual cab models has not been released, but look for them to be a sizable premium over the standard models especially with optional extras equipped.