EarthCruiser - is this life after the 79series?

Submitted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:24
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Article in todays motoring section about the EarthCruiser:
(Camper on a Canter 4wd Chassis).



Nothing new about that, but this thing now has a 4.9 litre common-rail diesel with 471Nm, 36" tyres, rear diff lock, 6T GVM that they downgrade to 4.5T. Looks reasonably capable but I'd hate to get it bogged in mud - maybe add the PTO Winch?

Article mentions $85,000 - I'm not sure but I expect that is on top on the price of the cab-chassis.

Is this the vehicle you move to after you tire of throwing the swag out the back of the 79series, and you say Stuff Mr Rudd, we're going bush.

Its on display this weekend at the Brisbane Truck and Machinery Show
http://www.allterrainmotorhomes.com/
Canter 4wd spec sheet

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Phil
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:43

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:43
G'day Phil

The old bones starting to indicate a more softer approach to bush camping :-)

The thought has crossed my mind from time to time but the BIGGER the truck, the harder it is to work on, repair, change a wheel, fix a puncture etc, etc, etc

Have had a look at the Earth Cruisers before. I am a tad sceptical about them using Canters as there a many reports of chassis being weak in places. Fuso might be stronger.

I think the set-up I have will have to see me out ....lol


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:02

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:02
Gday Willem,
"The old bones starting to indicate a more softer approach to bush camping :-) "
Is that you or me??? hehe Its looking like 8 years until I retire then more touring after that, so I'm guessing I'll need another vehicle or two in the future to play with.

You're right about the size. Cost of parts/ filters/ seals might be a fair bit more too. Its got Fuso written over the grille and Canter on the front panel.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 19:22

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 19:22
I think these will become much more popular in the future.
The square box shape is very economical,you can drive them on a car lic and these days they have interiors to rival many cars.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 19:16

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 19:16
Yeah, I liked the way the box followed the lines of the cab - just like mine :-)))
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 22:48

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 22:48
Yes Phil I see it the same way LOL.
Ive uploaded some pics in my profile
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:44

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:44
Poor man's OKA? :) :) :)

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 19:23

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 19:23
I really like OKAs but I bet the Canter/Isuzu platform is a bit more reliable .
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:43

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:43
We will see...
I really like the FRP body, but the lack of a bed-over uses up a lot of potential interior living area.
These guys have 5 OKAs and are taking delivery of 2 new ones shortly. Wilderness Challenge
Any vehicle that can do 400,000ks up and down the Cape AND be a viable business has to be pretty good.
Ours had 330,000k as a tour bus when we bought it (worn out) and we have had another 120,000 very reliable ks since we rebuilt it.

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Follow Up By: The Top End Explorer - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:14

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:14
Ross may I say that when it comes to reliability OKA's are on the mark.

Last year I purchased an OKA and it did over 90 days straight, with regular servicing, unlike my opposition who have a 4 year old Canter, it did about 20 days in total, they have just bought an Isuzu and will use the Canter as a spare.

I have just bought another OKA from Wilderness Challenge, the truck itself is in good condition, but they told me they had rebuilt the engine, mind you it had done 472000 km, unfortunately the engine failed, I have just finished putting a brand new engine in this has a bit more horse power and it goes great, well it would want to be it cost me $22000. LOL

Unfortunately the way these people have treated me in regards to the purchase has been disappointing, needless to say I will not deal with them again.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:01

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:01
Friends are looking at it today Phil. It is possible to get other arrangements on trucks too, including a Karavan body. I agree it would be a devil if bogged. Looks tidier than a lot of other units.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:13

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:13
Phil, even flasher All Terrain Warriors


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:31

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:31
Your style Bro....LOL


They look a tad like Armaguard Vehicles :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:02

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:02
My style Bro ? LOL I agree with the other comment. I think the Earth Cruiser looks a bit like the racing trucks a bit for the Dakar race, only pint sized. Not a lot of room in them against what we currently have though I reckon.
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:11

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:11
That one pictured on the right is from Adelaide he also carry's a 2WD motor bike in the back and equipped to the max
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Follow Up By: Pyro 1 - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 21:26

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 21:26
Followed where one of these had been last week on the Anne Beadell. The guy had made a mess of the track because he did not want to scratch the camper. He was of track every 100 meters in sections. Capable enough maybee to tall??
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 21:36

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 21:36
Had one of these Warriors beside me at Coober Pedy.

Was a great big Grey thing on an Izusu chassis I think.
He said it weighed about 7 tonne. Had monstrous wheels but not really aggressive tyres.
He was heading straight across from Coober Pedy to WA.




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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:12

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:12
Thanks for that Phil - very interesting. Will the wheel track still fit on our wheel tracks on the CSR etc ?
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:03

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:03
Willie, when you doing the CSR? Planning next May-June here.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:13

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:13
Hi John,

I just used it as an example as I always have trouble with staked tyres on tight tracks - usually those a lot less travelled than the CSR. I was just wondering if you could stay in the wheel tracks of a Cruiser like an Oka can.

I have the CSR twice and cannot see myself going up there again. Do you have the urge to go ? With the KC ?

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:47

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:47
G'day Willie,

I have to try to sleep on a rubber mattress in a roof top tent by then. LOL I think I would be inviting too much trouble pulling a two tonne trailer.

I do understand the need to try to maintain wheel track widths. Hence the KK. Great to miss white posts any time. Truck tyres should be thicker than the car ones but those stakes are sharp if you don't see them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:57

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:57
Gday Willie,
Track is 1660Front/1560Rear - front is about the same as the 200series.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:04

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:04
Looks like a street sweeping truck!!! Michael
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Reply By: Ino - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:14

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:14
Bah! Amateurs!

Want something serious? Get a Unimog! There are ones you can have for round-about the same price.

Unimog - it gives the "fuel economy" a brand new meaning. As in "it keeps OPEC in business"-economy. :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 18:37

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 18:37
The same price? you sure, as i wouldn't expect to see a NEW Unimog for anywhere near $85K.

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Follow Up By: Ino - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:53

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:53
Not new - evidently! :) Didn't think this thing was new either. A new mog is definitely *not cheap*, however way you look at it.

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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:09

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:09
Phil,
you could take this bike along as a backup when you get bogged and copy the patented anti-theft locking deviceImage Could Not Be Found

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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:28

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 13:28
I could see you driving one of those Phil. Have you placed the order yet? A great design with excellent quality features that doesn't restrict where you could go. Would have to be the quickest & easiest vehicle to setup when arriving at camp. (2nd to yours that is) They must have worked wonders with the suspension to make it comfortable as the small cabover trucks we run at work are shocking on rough roads. The leather suspension seats would be a must have.
I can seriously imagine the wife & I driving something like that in 15 years. Certainly beats towing a camper or a van :-)
Cheers Craig......
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Reply By: turbopete - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:31

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:31
I think Dick Smith has an earth cruiser
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:49

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 20:49
Tricky Dicky has a Ford F550 based thing I think (and a fat cheque book to fly home AND get it fixed when it breaks down in the Gobi Desert).

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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 09:10

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 09:10
The camper back is made by Earth Roamer. I think they're a US company.

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 23:20

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 23:20
Phil

We had one pass us on the Gunbarrel a couple of years ago not the same but the same type of thing, really not much wider then a LC (one with flash seats in it). it wouldn't be a bad way of spending some hard earned cash on.

They would last a long time.

Richard
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