Expedition Vehicles Australia has launched its Iveco Daily 4×4-based White Rhino which boasts world firsts and proper remote area camping capability and comfort.
Expedition Vehicles Australia (EVA) has just released its latest offering, called White Rhino. Based on the IVECO Daily 4×4 platform, the majority of the build is handled in-house but EVA has also collaborated with a raft of specialty manufacturers and suppliers to build what EVA claims is, “Australia’s ultimate expedition vehicle on a 5500kg GVM chassis”.
The White Rhino, stands tall on road-legal 37×13.5R17 Gladiator X-Comp rubber, mounted to nine-inch wide EVA alloy rims. BHSS-TBSS Automotive Engineers provided the necessary brake upgrade via vented discs up front and larger cylinders at the rear. In-house-designed custom sway bars, combined with King shocks on all four corners control on-road body roll while still allowing plenty of off-road suspension flex. Diff and transfer case breathers, coupled with a Travel Trucks snorkel, prevent water ingestion during deep crossings.
A Sherpa 4×4 25,000 pound winch is mounted into an alloy and steel bulbar, which also serves as a mounting place for GME UHF and phone antennas. EVA’s sheet metal division produced the roof rack, which incorporates a Stedi 52-inch Light bar. Underneath is a 212-litre potable water tank, while a 110-litre Brown Davis auxiliary fuel tank has been mated to the factory 90-litre fuel tank to provide plenty of outback touring range.
On the inside, an Alpine audio 9.0-inch ‘Perfect Fit’ display has been fitted, which incorporates Hema maps for easy and accurate on- and off-road navigation. A GME XRS UHF is used for communication and GPS positioning – a great safety feature.
Removal of the rear cab wall is a major body modification that enables walk-through access to the matching motorhome module – a claimed global first on an expedition vehicle. With more than two-thousand hours of CAD design and post-processing, EVA used its custom-built CNC router to turn the land of Solidworks into real-world surfaces – technology at its best.
The pop-up roof rides on Danish actuators, leaving the customer with nothing more than a push button to easily move the roof up or down. Roof-mounted Thule awnings are mounted on both sides, safely tucked away into moulded recesses, while Fresco supplied the roof-mounted 12v Air Conditioner.
Rear storage hatches on both sides house the Sherpa tyre lowering winch, electrical systems, toilet cassette access and more storage lockers. All doors have double seals to protect against dust ingress. To the rear is the second spare, which is also lowered by the electric winch.
This first White Rhino has been delivered to its proud new owners, so we’ll be chasing them around the countryside for their thoughts once they’ve settled in. our guess is that they’ll be hard to track down given the remote touring ability of this machine.
Inside the motorhome body, custom-built furniture and a fresh layout make good use of the 3.7mx2.1mm space. ADR approved seating, in a face-to-face layout with a swing-away table between allows for easy access. On the driver’s side, is a 130-litre fridge freezer with sink above, and is housed in a bench which tilts up to reveal a toilet and shower. A double bed to the rear with MSA 4×4 Drawers beneath offers much-needed storage space.
Ten USB points, three Cig Sockets and three 240v power points positioned throughout allow for easy recharging of all devices. Lighting is by three touch-sensitive adjustable roof lights and two positionable reading lights. Off-grid power comes from 640w of roof-mounted solar panels, driving a Victron MPPT to the 300AH LiPO4 battery. Alternator charge is through an ignition energised relay feeding dual Enerdrive 40A chargers for quick charge and multiple redundancies. A Victron inverter also runs the portable induction cook-top.
Pricing is highly variable depending on inclusions. For more information on the White Rhino, contact EVA via www.eva4x4.com.au