The Coolest Off-Road RVs to Battle Rough Weather

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WINTER IS COMING

If you want to hit the road in style this winter — and you’re not heading someplace warm — a sturdy RV built for cold weather and rough conditions is only the way to go. Whether you want to hunker down in the middle of a mountain wilderness or just fend off the wintry chill that would turn most motorhomes into ice boxes, these RVs, travel trailers, and custom cruisers are guaranteed to get you there and impress everyone you meet.

Global Expedition Vehicles Safari Extreme 4x4 Rv
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GLOBAL EXPEDITION VEHICLES SAFARI EXTREME 4X4 RV

GXV takes full-sized and medium-duty trucks and turns them into RVs that are designed to be expedition-worthy. This demo version, mated to an International 7300 extended-cab chassis, can hold 280 gallons of fuel — enough to go 2,500 miles on a tank, almost the entire length of the country. Not bad for a vehicle that, fully tricked out, weighs about 24,000 pounds. The cost? About $425,000.
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The Safari Extreme’s 16-foot cabin isn’t super-long, but it’s plenty roomy for luxuries like leather dining area, granite countertops, stainless-steel Vitrifrigo refrigerator-freezer, and a full bathroom with shower. Another nice feature is the 52-inch window in the rear sleeping area, which gives you commanding views of the world outside. There’s also a 3,200-watt diesel generator and a 600-watt solar array so you can always stay plugged in, no matter how far off the grid you roam.
Earthroamer Xv-hd
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EARTHROAMER XV-HD

With its 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine and four-wheel drive, this Ford F-750-based RV is designed to conquer the mountains or muddy wetlands. These custom conversions by Colorado-based Earthroamer really do put the “glam” in glamping: Each one costs $1.5 million, and just a handful have been manufactured so far. Solar cells on the roof provide 2,100 watts of power, so much so that you don’t need a generator to power appliances and electronics like some RVs do.
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The luxurious living space is big enough for six people and could be mistaken for a small condo. Highlights include a Bose surround-sound entertainment center, leather furniture, stainless-steel Bosch appliances, solid-surface counters, and wood cabinets. Radiant floor heating is a standard amenity on the XV-HD, so you can walk barefoot in the middle of snowbound Utah and keep your toes warm.
Kiravan Mountain
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KIRAVAN MOUNTAIN

What happens when a former Disney “Imagineer” decides to create an RV for his 4-year-old daughter? You end up with the KiraVan, a concept vehicle built in 2014 by Bran Ferran to be the most kid-friendly, high-tech RV possible. This modified tractor-trailer is powered by a Mercedes Unimog U500NA with a six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and, amazingly, it’s designed to go off-road. The company hasn’t disclosed the cost.

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Designed to keep a crew of three on the road for three weeks, the KiraVan trailer contains a high-tech office with satellite connectivity, a professional video-editing suite, and a networked computer system. During downtime, travelers can clean up in the bathroom (which features a dramatic skylight roof), relax in one of the three sleeping areas, or take the included KiraBike motorcycle for a spin.
Hunter Rmv Predator 6.6
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HUNTER RMV PREDATOR 6.6

Nevada-based Hunter RMV took a U.S. Army-grade light medium tactical vehicle (similar to those used by troops in Afghanistan) and converted it to civilian use. Powered by a 6.6-liter Caterpillar six-cylinder turbo diesel engine, this four-wheel drive vehicle can cover 800 miles on a single tank of gas. It starts at about $200,000.
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Inside that 27-foot-long camper are a queen-sized bed and a separate bunk, a slide-out dining area, kitchen with microwave and cooktop, and a dry bathroom. There’s an optional 3,000-watt solar array for plenty of power, even in the middle of the wilderness, as well as a water-purification system.
Earthcruiser Australia Explorer Xpr440
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EARTHCRUISER AUSTRALIA EXPLORER XPR440

Aussie custom camper manufacturer Earthcruiser starts with a diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz Unimog commercial truck. It can go 2,100 miles on a single 211-gallon tank of fuel. With all-wheel drive it can go just about anywhere, while its solar array keeps you in touch while off-grid. There’s also a weatherproofing option for extreme-weather travel. The company won’t say how much this custom build cost.
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At just about 14 feet in length, this RV is on the snug side but it uses that space efficiently. There’s a queen-sized bed plus two sleeping lofts, a kitchenette, seating for five, and an outdoor range and sink for meals al fresco. And no matter where you roam, the Explorer can connect to communications satellites so you can stream a live feed from the RV’s five external cameras.
Mercedes Zetros
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MERCEDES ZETROS

This luxury RV is designed by German coach builder Hartmann Spezialkarosserien, using a Mercedes-Benz Zetros truck as the base. The Zetros was designed for disaster relief or the military, and it shows. It’s got an inline six-cylinder diesel engine and all-wheel-drive is an option; the fuel tank holds a whopping 600 gallons. The manufacturer won’t say how much this custom creation cost.
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Rare woods and fine leather keep the walls and furniture looking polished, and double flat screens with Bose surround sound are nice extras, as is the satellite internet access. Inside measures 18 feet by 7 feet with two lithium-ion batteries, a diesel-powered generator, and solar panels so you never run out of juice.
American Expedition Vehicles Jeep Wrangler Jku Outpost Ii
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AMERICAN EXPEDITION VEHICLES JEEP WRANGLER JKU OUTPOST II

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon already looks like a military-grade vehicle. Remove the rear doors and hatch, attach a custom-built camper shell, and it looks like it can survive the apocalypse. To complete the package, American Expedition Vehicles, a Michigan-based company, replaced the stock engine with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, modified the A580 transmission, and installed a heavy-duty lift, reinforced bumpers, and custom exhaust as well.
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This particular vehicle is a custom build (as well as a work in progress), but there are plenty of creature comforts inside this iteration of the Outpost II to keep two adults happy. There’s a folding 80-inch sofa to relax on, a refrigerator that can be accessed from inside or out, a 4-gallon water heater, and gas-fired furnace. The company says it has no plans at this time to produce models for sale.
Fwc Hawk And Ram Power Wagon Truck Camper Rv
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FWC HAWK AND RAM POWER WAGON TRUCK CAMPER RV

The Hawk Pop-Up camper shell is designed to fit in the cargo bed of full-sized pickups. It’s a modest affair by RV standards, but when it’s mated to a serious four-wheel-drive truck like the V-8-powered Ram Power Wagon you can take your home away from home off road. The whole package costs about $70,000.
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At just 6.5 feet long, the camper portion is tighter than some of the RVs on this list, but it’s enough for couples who don’t mind roughing it a bit. Features include a queen-sized bed in the loft over the cab, plus a small kitchenette, and dining area. Toilet and shower are optional (space is tight, after all).
Forest River Windjammer 3008w With Arctic Wolf Winter Package
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FOREST RIVER WINDJAMMER 3008W WITH ARCTIC WOLF WINTER PACKAGE

At 35 feet long and 11 feet tall, the Windjammer is pretty big as RV trailers go, so once you reach your destination you’ll want to stay put for awhile. The Arctic Wolf winter package has got enough to keep you cozy if you decide to stick it out in a cold climate, including a floor-ducted furnace and thick, floor-to-ceiling insulation to keep you warm. Heated holding tanks prevent freezing and heavy-duty ventilation to fend off condensation. Models sell for about $52,000.
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Inside, insulated windows keep heat in and cold out. The slide-out bedroom has a heated bed to keep you snug on long winter’s nights, as well as an optional electric fireplace in the living area up front. Leather furnishings, wood cabinets, and tile floors complete this upgrade package.
Keystone Montana
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KEYSTONE MONTANA

Keystone says it designed its Montana RVs are designed and tested to withstand 0-degree weather, making them a great choice to cold-weather camping. Don’t worry about your holding tanks, dump valves and water lines freezing. Some of the features protecting Keystones from the cold are the insulated and enclosed underbelly, floor insulation, double-layer fiberglass sidewalls, 12-volt electric tank heaters, and heated storage areas. Prices start at about $100,000.
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You could be forgiven for mistaking the interior of the Montana for a small luxury home. Buyers have multiple floor plans to choose from with space-making slide-out seating and sleeping areas. Features include stainless-steel kitchen appliances, including a double-door fridge, as well as leather furniture, a washer-dryer hookup, a queen-sized bed, a full entertainment center, and a 35,000-BTU furnace to keep you cozy all winter long.

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