Decades of experience, the unrelenting search for top-level performance and practically-oriented testing over thousands of kilometres – in the Australian Outback and the world over. For 65 years, EarthCruiser Australia has been making special-purpose bodies for all-wheel-drive motorhomes. It is their aspiration to make the best expedition vehicles in the world. To do that, they need the right base vehicle.

With its off-road chassis, multiple equipment variants and, above all, its compact dimensions which allow easy transport in shipping containers, the Unimog has truly impressed. Since this discovery, EarthCruiser has literally been building on the Unimog. The Special Truck meets all of their expectations, bringing users to the most far-flung of places and offering intrepid explorers a comfortable home for long trips.

The combination of the Unimog U 430 with a motorhome body specifically developed for driving off-road results in a reliable touring vehicle with as much as 300 bhp and which is ready for any type of adventure. The fully-equipped vehicle literally makes it possible to travel to the end of the world – safely and comfortably.

As standard, the camper is equipped with heated tanks, two lithium batteries, pumps and a water feed. The tanks are mounted on the chassis frame and can store up to 860 litres of water and 800 litres of fuel; together, they make for a usable range of up to 3,500 kms.

Two fridge-freezers with a total volume of 212 and 68 litres, 24V electrical winches for weights up to 9,000 kgs at the front and rear, a 2.5-kg washing machine, air conditioning, microwave, a 240V outdoor BBQ, not to mention a chainsaw and an axe to round off the special equipment on-board.

The EarthCruiser Explorer is suitable for families as well as for professional research teams. There are multiple sleeping sections and while driving, it is possible to accommodate 5 people. A motorcycle can also be hung on the back for additional adventures.

In addition to the standard telematics system featuring satellite tracking, 5 externally installed cameras can record up to 45 days of live footage from an expedition. The feed can be sent live around the world for those who want to document their travels.

A large range of additional features can be selected, among which are run-flat tyres, a tyre-pressure regulation system and a hydraulic 4-point lifting system for changing tyres or wheels. With as many as 140 functions on-board the specialist vehicle, system control is conveniently managed by means of an iPad touchscreen inside the vehicle.

The EarthCruiser Explorer XPR440 body measures 4.4 metres in length and there’s also a 3.8-metre long version for those looking for an even more compact variant. Customers also have the choice between a long (3,600 mm) and short Unimog wheelbase (3,150 mm). The vehicle can be transported simply in a shipping container to wherever in the world the owner wants to go.

The Unimog implement carrier concept also features additional advantageous characteristics: VarioPilot transferable steering makes it possible to move the steering wheel and pedals from the left-hand side to the right in less than 30 seconds. Thanks to all-wheel drive, differential locks and portal axles, as well as short overhangs for maximum ground clearance and great approach and departure angles, the vehicle demonstrates truly impressive traits even off the beaten track.

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