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Jeep-based camper is the first RV to conquer the Rubicon

by David Zatz on

On September 5th, 2007, an EarthRoamer XV-JP became the first camper to successfully complete the Rubicon Trail. One of the most difficult and definitely the most well known 4×4 trail in the United States, the Rubicon Trail in the California High Sierras has 22 miles of extreme terrain including rocky climbs with massive boulders, narrow passages, steep inclines and an occasional mud-hole. Driven by Scott Brady and spotted by Chris Marzonie, the Jeep Rubicon Unlimited-based EarthRoamer XV-JP took the trail, helped by its 33″ mud terrain tires, low 5.13 gearing, locking differentials, and skid plates. This is the first time a self-contained, fully enclosed production camper has conquered the Rubicon.
Earthroamer XV-JP (based on Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon)

Vehicle testing ā€“ which has taken the XV-JP prototype from its home base in the mountains of Colorado through the jungles of Central America, the deserts of Moab Utah, and now the Rubicon trail ā€“ is complete and XV-JP production has begun.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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