Special Thanks to the Expeditions West 2.0 Project Title Sponsors: American Expedition Vehicles and EarthRoamer
Our first comprehensive expedition vehicle build version 1.0, our trustworthy and competent Toyota Tacoma was an excellent learning experience, and an exercise in what functional requirements are necessary for prolonged living out of a small vehicle. While the Tacoma was perfectly reliable and highly competent on rugged terrain, the limitations of living out of a small tent, and always cooking outdoors became obvious. In the Southwest and during fair weather, the Tacoma was perfect, however, once we started traveling to the Arctic and in areas with unpredictable weather, we recognized the need for interior living space. We also work from the road, so a small area to process videos and images and clean and maintain camera equipment was also important.

Enter the EarthRoamer. I have worked with EarthRoamer for several years on various expeditions and projects, and had the opportunity to help design and test their newest model, the XV-JP. This unit allows for easy indoor and outdoor living, and has the benefit of an interior shower and a forced-air furnace. The queen-size bed with box-spring and a 9' ceiling height adds to the feeling of spaciousness and livability.

We are very early in the testing process with this truck, and its long-term reliability and functionality will be thoroughly tested in Central and South America, starting February 2009... More details soon.

Scope of Modifications: 2008 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited, Automatic.

1. AEV Front Bumper
2. Lightforce HID 240
3. Warn 9000i
4. Viking Off-Road Synthetic Winch Line
5. Nth Degree 3" Suspension System (note: HD Rear Springs Fitted)
6. AEV Hood
7. AEV Snorkel
8. AEV 17" Beadlock Wheels
9. BFGoodrich 285/70 R17 Mud Terrain KM2
10. Adventure Trailers Chaser fitted with a Baja Rack
11. Wilderness Rear Bumper with (2) 5 gallon fuel cans and top rack

1. Kilby engine driven Air Compressor (8 CFM)
2. Lifeline AGM Battery
3. 5.13 Axle Gearing
4. HD Rear Anti-Swaybar

EarthRoamer Conversion-
1. Electric Loftop with queen size bed and 9' of stand-up height
2. EarthRoamer HD skid plate which supports and protects two group 31 AGM house batteries
3. PIAA HID lighting in over-cab storage area
4. 80 Watt Solar Panel with controller
5. 6100 BTU Espar Heater
6. Isotemp 80L Fridge
7. Four Gallon Hot Water Heater
8. 25 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
9. 10 Gallon Grey Water Tank
10. Inside/Outside Shower
11. Toilet with outside accessible cassette
12. Composite sandwich body construction.

1. Tuffy Center Consol
2. Tuffy Security Glove Box (not shown)
3. SPOT Personal Locator Devise