You climb out of the comfort of perhaps the only Space Cab Toyota 100 Series in the country and adjourn to the comfort of your luxury home away from home to enjoy a hot shower, before enjoying a steak and a chilled bottle of wine as the sun slowly sets after another day in paradise.
Following a meal and the traditional campfire banter, you say goodnight and retire to a comfortable double bed. This is Outback touring in absolute luxury, in a vehicle that has been modified from the ground up to ensure that nothing has been overlooked either in the preparation of the 4x4 or the luxury camper it carries.
This is perhaps the ultimate custom Cruiser and luxury camper combination on the road, and the good news is that it could be yours.
It was built after extensive research and its preparation is absolute. Whether touring the highway, or slugging it out in extreme conditions, you can be sure that this 4WD has been comprehensively fitted out to ensure maximum mobility, off-road comfort and traction. This is a dream 4x4 tourer, which was especially built to exacting specifications for a young couple that had Outback touring as a top priority. In a cruel twist of fate, an extraordinary string of life threatening medical problems came from left field, with the result that their days of tackling these dreams may have passed. Accordingly, this vehicle is offered for sale, virtually in pristine condition.
The heart of this vehicle is a 2007 Toyota LandCruiser GXL 100 Series turbo-diesel. Using the wagon as a starting point, the back section of the body was removed to create a space cab, with plenty of storage behind the two-seat cabin, and a unique ute flat bed over the rear axle. The Cruiser can be driven like this, but for touring, a Trayon camper with all the bells and whistles sits on this flatbed.
The LandCruiser with custom body has a genuine 14,000km on the odometer, and the tyres have covered just 9,000km.
The Cruiser runs a six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine running through an auto box. Four-wheel drive capability was a priority of the conversion and accordingly nothing was spared in setting up the vehicle. First up was the fitting of a rear air bag suspension, which makes levelling the vehicle for camping a breeze, and also allows easy removal of the camper unit when not required. There are front and rear ARB Air Locker diff locks, upgraded shocks and suspension, Safari snorkel, underbody bash plate, bull bar, Warn winch, larger brakes, mud tyres with steel rims and an upgraded and reinforced steering arm fitted.
Ensuring maximum performance is a Safari chip and APS high power intercooler with 3-inch exhaust, which delivers 25 percent power increase on dyno tests. There is a dual battery system, diff breathers, reinforced tray mounts, under body lockable toolboxes and a roof storage basket. Inside, the Cruiser features a reversing camera with pop-up in-dash Clarion screen, and UHF radio also integrated into the dash. Ensuring plenty of touring capability is the 240-litre long-range fuel tanks.
In pure monetary terms, the new Cruiser was $74,000 (in 2007), with the custom cab conversion costing $15,000 and 4x4 accessories and upgrades adding another $39,000.
Added to this is the deluxe Trayon 1830 camper unit. This unit retailed for $32,000 and includes an external hot shower, hot/cold taps, internal sink, 114-litre water tanks with electric gauge and pump, full length storage drawers, fridge, 12V/240V inside outside points, cooking inside and outside, and internal and external lighting. The camper lid provides a double bed with spacious areas around the mattress. Like the LandCruiser, the Trayon Camper is as new, having been used just five times.
Full compliance paperwork is available, with engineers certificate, and interested parties are welcome to talk to the conversion company and maintenance mechanic.
There are few truly 'go anywhere' luxury 4WD units available, and certainly none that meet the specifications of this package. Price was not a consideration in the conversion, and in the pursuit of excellence for this vehicle, $160,000 was spent on completing the project.
We don't expect this vehicle to remain 'for sale' for long, as to see it is to recognise its quality and capability. Accordingly, its owner will consider any genuine offers over $110,000.