Shopping centers do not work, public places are closed, metro and other public transport parked … A new pathogen SARS-CoV-2 roams around the capital. These are not credits for apocalyptic cinema, but a very real quarantine scenario in some cities and countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What to do in such a situation? Leave the city, and the sooner the better. We selected the best vehicles, ideal not only for moving in a pandemic, but suitable for long-term living.
DESERT CHALLENGER 8×8
Perhaps the best multifunctional and fully autonomous motorhome for the apocalypse you will find. The Austrians from Action Mobil already ate the dog on top-level land liners, but in the case of the DESERT CHALLENGER they surpassed themselves and built the largest four-wheel drive in the world. A hefty autovilla almost three meters wide (the pneumatic drives of the living room on both sides increase the width to five meters), four meters high and twelve meters long are installed on the MAN KAT 1 A / 1 chassis with a 600 “power” turbodiesel and an 8×8 wheel arrangement. It can comfortably accommodate up to 5 adults, which include a galley with professional kitchen appliances, two separate rooms with double beds, a full bathroom with a shower and a faience toilet, and a living room.
On board the caravan, are two and a half tons of fuel, and the same amount of drinking water, 70 kg of gas and batteries with a total capacity of 1000 Ah. Of the main equipment, an air-conditioning system with filtration from microbes, a huge gas freezer in the hold for storage of supplies, a full-fledged laundry installation, and even a garage with a lifting ramp for the machine are already full, four-wheeled, like Smart Fortwo or even Suzuki Jimny. The total weight of all-wheel drive chorus under 30 tons, the price – from $ 1 million and can easily be tripled depending on the needs of the customer.
We agree, the previous version is extreme and too expensive. The Germans from UNICAT developed an easier vehicle, more compact and cheaper. Meet the TC59-family family camper to comfortably accommodate two adults and two children. You can choose one of five chassis as the basis: from the shortest MAN TGM 18. xxx 4×4 (3900 cm) with a three-seater cab to Mercedes Benz Zetros 2733 A 6×6 (6000 cm) with a four-seater cab. Three turbodiesels to choose from. For MAN, these are units with a return of 250 hp. or 340 hp, and under the hood of Mercedes Benz, a 326-strong BlueTec. The box in all variants is a 9-speed manual with a demultiplier and all differential locks.
The living compartment is offered in only one size and consists of self-supporting fiberglass sandwich panels of their own design with a sealed connection. The main double bed, size 1500×2000 cm, is in a separate room; for children, bunk beds are 750×1900 cm. On board there is an isolated toilet with shower, a small kitchenette with everything you need (stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator), numerous storage systems. The capacity of the main battery is 420 Ah, there is an inverter for 230 V. The supply of drinking water is in a 600-liter frost-resistant tank, smaller tanks for wastewater – 150 liters, and for a toilet 120 liters. The volume of onboard liquefied gas is 22 kg. Of course, this is not a chic DESERT CHALLENGER, but the TC59-family costs significantly less – from 600 thousand dollars.
The third option is the simplest and cheapest, but no less cool and technologically advanced. The guys from the American EarthRoamer have been producing cool campers since 2002 and have already sold more than two hundred unique expeditioners. The most important advantage of their equipment is that in fact it is an ordinary pickup truck, which means category B rights will fit and no red tape with licensing the truck. At the heart of the LTS model is an all-wheel drive old Ford F-550 Super Duty with a 6.7-liter turbodiesel-quiet Power Stroke V8, which they say that even after 1000 miles of mileage, its exhaust pipe from the inside is like new. The gearbox is a six-speed automatic SelectShift. The regular narrow chassis tires in EarthRoamer are replaced with 41-inch “toothy” military tires with an auto-charging system.
The residential module is built according to a special seamless technology using fiberglass sandwich structures, which are used in the construction of aircraft and yachts. According to EarthRoamer, they were the first to adapt this technology for the construction of motorhomes. There are five layouts to choose from, which differ in the number of seats and beds. Minimum LTS can accommodate from three people, a maximum of six. In the front part there is a double alcove, in the central part there is a galley with a public area, which is transformed into two separate beds. The stern is equipped with storage systems, a toilet with shower and tanks for drinking and industrial water (400 and 120 liters, respectively). The living compartment is connected to the cabin and has a common air conditioning system with the function of air purification, which is important in a pandemic. LTS has a set of solar panels that generate 1300 watts of energy, a satellite communications system and a full-fledged Hi-Fi audio system in the cabin. The price for the basic version starts at 490 thousand dollars.