Rough­ing it in com­fort

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stor­age. The com­pany is also in the mid­dle of de­vel­op­ing an­other EarthCruiser model, based on the Iveco Daily, but built for more se­ri­ous off-road­ing - in­clud­ing front, cen­tre and rear dif­fer­en­tial locks.

EarthCruiser pro­duc­tion and qual­ity man­ager Michael Greg­son says the new Out­Back range is de­signed to give the brand a pres­ence in the smaller ‘‘car-li­cence’’ mo­torhome mar­ket that has Jayco and Win­nebago among the dom­i­nant brands. ‘‘Our cus­tomers have been telling us that they want to be able to drive them off-road, not on to the beach but into grassed ar­eas – in a mo­torhome, as soon as they get off the black­top they get stuck.

‘‘I like to call this a soft-roader – the rear-driver it has a lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial, or if you want to do some­thing more se­ri­ous there’s the 4x4 model,’’.

Mr Greg­son says the Out­Back model is price-driven. ‘‘They want to pot­ter around Aus­tralia but have the 4WD as­pect as well.

‘‘It’s up against Jayco and Win­nebago’s small mo­torhome mar­ket – if you want to free-camp, on grassed ar­eas where nor­mal mo­torhomes can get stuck if there’s a lot of rain,’’ he says.

Right at home: The new EarthCruiser Out­Back mo­torhome models can tra­verse grassed ar­eas where some oth­ers would get stuck

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