SEMA noticed a heap of overland builds, each automaker there who had a pickup or SUV or van of their lineup exhibiting at the very least one rig to get off the grid, often extra. As good as a lot of them had been, there’s solely a lot that may be performed to show the common every day driver right into a cellular resort room. Then there was EarthRoamer, the Colorado-based firm making devoted overlanders on medium-duty chassis since 1998. They introduced their new SX mannequin to Las Vegas, an upgraded model of the LTi mannequin the corporate launched in June of this yr, and constructed on a special chassis. The agency has traditionally put its homes-on-wheels on Fords just like the F-550, which is what the LTi sits on. The SX represents the primary time a Chevrolet has bought the job, a 2023 Silverado 5500 serving because the beast of burden, a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque at its coronary heart.
The burden being carried is a vacuum-formed carbon fiber shell with slick furnishings hiding tons of utility, in a position to sleep six. There are 120-gallon recent water and 55-gallon grey water tanks. A 1,600-watt photo voltaic array on the roof fills an 18,000-Wh lithium-ion battery financial institution. In locations the place the solar is not sufficient, vacationers can plug into 30-amp shore energy, or let the engine cost the battery financial institution and run home equipment by way of the inverter/chargers. You may discover no propane and no mills right here. Two gasoline tanks maintain 100 gallons of diesel, and with an estimated gasoline financial system of 9 to 12 miles per gallon, the SX can go about 1,000 miles when stuffed, terrain relying. Pilots needn’t go slowly, both, EarthRoamer having redesigned its suspension system on the LTi to extend prime pace to 81 miles per hour. Excessive-speed operating and the slow-speed tough stuff will clobber gasoline financial system, however with four-wheel drive and 43-inch mil-spec Goodyear tires on beadlock rims, the SX will solely be stopped by the diesel it has left and any dimension restrictions.
The eating space seats six and converts right into a California King post-meal or as much as 4 bunk beds. A dry lavatory homes a rainfall bathe and a cassette rest room with two five-gallon cassettes. Trim supplies embody maple cabinetry, cedar closets, leather-based seating, granite counter tops, chrome steel sink, machined latches all through, and a reminiscence foam mattress. A washer and dryer are non-compulsory.
With a GVWR of 23,500 kilos, consumers do not want a particular license endorsement to drive the 34-foot-long SX. Costs begin at $995,000 and go as much as about $1.1 million.