Earthcruiser have unveiled their Extreme XTR250 camper and are calling the new arrival their most advanced all-round camper yet.
The new fixed-body Extreme model is described by Earthcruiser as offering the perfect blend of comfort and off-road prowess, with a design that allows it to master all types of roads under all conditions.
Similar to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen based G-Pro Escape Earthcruiser from a couple of years ago, the Extreme XTR250 is available on both the single- and dual-cab 79 Series LandCruiser cab chassis.
The standard 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre V8 and five-speed manual transmission are untouched, but the Toyota’s suspension, axles, brakes, wheels and tyres all get upgraded, starting with a new rear diff that corrects the 79 Series’ uneven track and adds heavy-duty EN26 chromoly full-floating axles from JMACX. Premium Bilstein shock absorbers are also fitted, along with rear parabolic springs that minimize weight, improve flex and lift the ride height.
A stronger clutch is fitted, along with a larger brake booster that increases braking power by a claimed 30 per cent. Increased rate alloy wheels are also on the standard standard spec list, shod with Black Bear Mud Terrain Tyres 33x11.5,R16 126Q (285/75R16).
Optional gear for the 'Cruiser base vehicle includes front and rear Runva winches, winch bulbar with side steps, a front LED light bar, Hella HID spotlights and onboard air compressor, plus 250-litre fuel and water tank upgrades.
Secure Shell, Superior Features
The fully-moulded body on the Extreme XTR250 features high-density thermal foam insulation in the walls, floor, and roof. The two opening windows are fitted with fly-screen and black-out blinds, with the screened windows in the electric-powered pop-top also including blackout blinds.
There’s an integrated awning, three exterior LED spotlights, and an assist handle on the nearside entry door.
Interior fitout starts with one double and one single bed (the latter part of the convertible dinette) with a high-density mattress and memory foam topper for each.
A fridge/freezer, diesel heater, climate control air, continuous hot water, interior lights and even a fire extinguisher are all standard.
The integral kitchen includes a two-burner induction cook-top, stainless-steel sink and tap mixer, plus a freshwater drinking fountain, fed by a 12 volt water pump. A fold-down swivel table for dining can be removed for outdoor use.
There’s even an internal shower and toilet, with an external shower that folds out from the offside.
All the Extreme XTR250’s electrical systems are powered by Earthcruiser’s own advanced 450amp lithium batteries that can be recharged through standard 270w solar panels while on the move or via the vehicle’s onboard alternator when stationary.
A 3000w inverter provides enough power for the external BBQ and any 24-volt requirements.
Digital switching (Finscan) panels are positioned in both the camper and the cab to make operation of the vehicle effortless, but should any digital switching issues arise, Earthcruiser have integrated an override system that prioritises critical components.
New optional features introduced with the Extreme XTR250 for the cabin and camping area include an upgraded sound system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay connectivity, a state-of-the-art central touch screen with over 80 functions, Hema digital maps, cruise control, a reversing camera, a Celfi 100dba Booster and Aerial 4G modem.
A rear-mounted air conditioner, roof-mounted fans and GME 80-channel UHF CB are also on the options list.
Each complete Extreme XTR250 has a GVM of 4499kg and Tare of between 3000 and 3800kg, depending on configuration. Of course, being based on a standard 79 Series ‘Cruiser, the Extreme XTR250 can be driven on a car licence.
Pricing is around the $250,000 mark, depending on configuration and options.