Grass Valley, California-based XPCamper LLC., and Fletcher, North Carolina-based U-joint off-road (UJOR) officially unveiled their stunning prototype V4 XPCamper combo at the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show which opened today (Tuesday, October 30) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. The annual automotive trade show runs through Friday, November 2.
The studly 7.3L 4WD flatbed overland expedition vehicle – dubbed the “V4” – marries the muscle and torque of a UJOR van conversion with the stylish good looks and ground breaking capabilities of the composite monocoque XPCamper with its signature, hydraulically operated, vertical slide. The resulting vehicle was described by Marc Wassmann, designer and Head Explorer at XPCamper, as “the best set up for a camper combination I have ever seen,” and I have to say that I wholeheartedly concur.
The prototype UJOR V4 – one of the most powerful and versatile expedition grade recreational vehicles on the planet – began life as an ambulance in Georgia. Based on the 2002, 138″ wheelbase Ford E350 chassis – equipped with a powerful 7.3 liter diesel engine – the V4 incorporates Ujoint’s off-road 4×4 conversion kit along with a 6″ lift, dual front shock kit with overload airbags. The V4 also sports an impressive set of off-road mods including heavy duty Mickey Thompson 37/12.50/17 MTZ tires on classic lock black wheels.
Chris and Marc burned plenty of midnight oil to ensure that the prototype UJOR V4 XPCamper was ready for its debut in Las Vegas. “The V4 was a real challenge,” said Chris. “Starting with a used ambulance from a junkyard was fun, and working it into our already busy schedule was the most difficult hurdle. Now that we’ve made it SEMA we’re excited for the future and ready to start camping.”
Designed specifically with the off-road enthusiast in mind, the revolutionary XPCamper has racked up a number of world and industry firsts:
- The XPCamper was the first all composite monocoque pop-up camper;
- It’s use of all diesel appliances – from the Webasto dual top heater and boiler to the ceramic cooktop – was an industry first in a camper;
- The XPCamper was the first recreational vehicle to utilize SmartPlug’s innovative shore power safety solution.
Prior to the debut of the V4 in Las Vegas the XPCamper had been mounted on a variety of flatbed truck platforms but there’s clearly no doubt that off-road and overlanding enthusiasts already consider the most recent incarnation to be the best yet.
The XPCamper – cabin plus flatbed – is usually offered at $68,825.00 and Wassmann and Steuber anticipate that they will be able to offer a fully loaded V4 XPCamper van conversion for $135K though the price will obviously depend on a number of factors including equipment levels and the price of the vehicle chassis (new or used).
Chris Steuber, U-Joint Offroad (UJOR) Ujoint Offroad, 66B Fletcher Commercial Dr., Fletcher NC 28732 Tel: 1-828-490-1562 • www.ujointoffroad.com •
Marc Wassmann, XPCamper LLC., 1020 Whispering Pines Suite E, Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA Tel: 1-415 672-1504 • www.xpcamper.com •
UJOR V4 Specifications:
- 2002 Ford E350 7.3
- Ujoint offroad 4×4 conversion with a 6″ lift, dual front shock kit, overload airbags
- Stage 2 UJOR front axle w/RSC upgrade & 4.56 gears
- Stage 3 UJOR Sterling 10.5 rear axle w/ARB air locker
- UJOR Onboard air system
- Diamond Eye 4″ turbo back exhaust kit
- Blistein 5160 series shocks
- Run Cool hood louvers
- DP Tuner engine tune
- Mickey Thompson 37/12.50/17 MTZ tires on Classic lock black wheels
- Rigid industries 30″ front light bar
- Rigid industries custom tail/reverse lights
- sPOD accessory system
- Dynatrac differential covers
- Custom UJOR aluminum flat bed with Rhino lining
- Auto meter gauge pod with factory match gauges
New XP Camper additions:
- 600 amp battery
- 310 watt solar array
- Magnum 2000 watt pure sine inverter
- Remote Go lights on rear
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