EARTHCRUISER – AUSTRALIA’S BEST TOURING 4X4?

 

It’s raining. But, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m snuggled up in bed under the breeze of a fan, and I’ve just reached across to grab a cold beverage from the fridge. If it gets a bit chilly, I can turn the heater on. Or if I’m peckish, I can cook up some tucker without a sweat. Nothing is a problem. If I wanted to drive off, all I would have to do is stand up, press a few buttons, and jump in the driver’s seat. I don’t have to step outside.

It sounds like I’m at home, but I’m not. Normally, I’d be in a swag under an awning, looking forward to seeing the rainclouds clear. Don’t get me wrong: I love swags and their simplicity. And there are more comfortable options out there with more protection from the elements – but nothing satisfies that sense of adventure like spending a night under canvas, rain or sun.

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But, this trip is different. My 4X4 is at home, and I have borrowed another one. No, it’s not a caravan. It’s not a motorhome, either. Those monikers simply don’t suit it. It’s an EarthCruiser.

What it definitely is, is a 4X4. 37-inch mud terrains, triple locked, and a two-stage gear reduction giving 24 forward ratios to choose from. Bullbar, snorkel, long-range tank, winches front and rear… you get the picture.

This sort of capability normally comes in the form of a rough-and-tumble 4WD: A chopped and bobbed GQ that is built purely for competition, and probably gets trailered around most of the time. Not this thing, however. You can live in this.

We spent a week in an EarthCruiser on the road, and would have sacrificed multiple limbs to spend longer with it. All of that capability is great, no doubt; but the thing I like most about this rig is the thorough amount of thought and design that has gone into it. Everything has a place, and that place has a reason.

 

THE BASE

The 4X4 is based on an Iveco Daily 4X4 cab-chassis, which has big tyres, double reduction and lockers as standard. The powerplant is the Iveco FIC three-litre intercooled turbodiesel, which puts down 125kW and 400Nm. This runs through a six-speed gearbox. It doesn’t sound like much, but all of those 400Nms are available between 1,250 and 3,000 rpm – and the EarthCruiser does get along well enough. It’s sedate, but you wouldn’t really want to go much faster. Importantly, it will cruise comfortably at 110km/h; but we preferred sitting on 95-100km/h.

 

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Comments

  1. I am looking for a vehicle that will give all the features that you offer and I intend to cover all of australia and tasmania.

    I just found your site by following the Iveco website and looking at what is available….

    I am 6ft 6 inches tall or 198 cms and I would need another 1 foot for head room….Do you give lessons on how to control all the switches and do you service the vehicles yourself.. Also do you supply roll out awnings with walls for long stays

    Where are you situated to build in Australia and your contact details… I live in Brisbane Qld…I look forward to hearing from you …Thanks Peter McMurtrie 4.03 am 27/4/17

    1. Hi Peter

      Apologies we just came across your enquiry today, yes we can accommodate your height in a Queen, North/South bed configuration, we have a Customer handover process after the truck is completed, we service Earthcruiser warranty/repairs, the truck dealerships service the truck warranty and repairs. Our Earthcruisers are expedition vehicles and our camper does not have any moving parts eg; slide outs. We are located in 53 Montague Street, North Wollongong NSW 2500, please email me directly for further information if you require.

      Regards
      Susan Fawcett
      m: 0412 823 146
      f : 02 4294 3051
      e: susan@earthcruiser.net.au
      w: www.earthcruiser.net.au
      a: 53 Montague Street, North Wollongong NSW 2500

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