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Welcome to the EarthCruiser frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. Here you will find information regarding general interest, company profile, and EarthCruiser manufactured vehicles: EXP, FX, EC Terranova. 

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  • Living

EarthCruisers built for the US and export markets are hand-crafted in Bend, OR. Australian and New Zealand markets are manufactured near Sydney, Australia.

EarthCruiser was started in Australia in 2008, then moved to Bend, Oregon in 2013.

Is your dream to explore places beyond the traditional RV park or campground in North America, or elsewhere in the world? Do you want to be able to go streamside, mountainside, beach-side or in the snow with access to a warm shower, a flush toilet, a cold beverage in a true all-weather vehicle? Do you want to continue moving forward rather than having to turn back for fuel or provisions? If the answers are yes, then read on.

EarthCruiser EXP is built on the Fuso FE 2wd, gasoline powered chassis. Through lots of engineering and design, we upfit this to our proprietary 4×4 system. This option is also available in a dual cab. EarthCruiser FX is also built on the Fuso FE 2wd, gasoline powered chassis completed with our proprietary 4×4 system. This option is also available in a dual cab. EarthCruiser Terranova is a smaller size EarthCruiser on a Ford, Ram, and Chevy truck chassis. It can be ordered with a diesel or gasoline engine, standard or crew cab, and a few different trim package options.

Having spent the last several years building EarthCruisers in Bend, OR and traveling throughout other parts of the world, we know a thing or two about cold. EarthCruisers are all-weather, four season vehicles. Their fiberglass construction provides excellent insulation qualities and all other systems have been designed to work in extreme cold conditions. Ask some of our Mongolian customers!

An EarthCruiser is sized for ease of handling on and off road. The living compartment isn’t simply a bolt-on box full of amenities; it is engineered in a way to compliment a cab-over style of chassis. The width of the house relative to the cab has been designed so when travelling through scrub, branches are easily deflected past. An EarthCruisers widest elements are its side mirrors; an easy to monitor dimension when trying to squeeze through tight environments. When we started building EarthCruisers in Australia there were restrictions on length ~22ft (6700 mm). Those same restrictions are now in place on some roads in national parks and other places in the world to limit environmental degradation. An EarthCruiser from the front of the bullbar to the back of the spare wheel carrier is 21′ 9″ (6630 mm). To comply with these regulations, EarthCruiser has no plans to extend the length of the vehicle.

Job postings have historically been posted on Craigslist, but sending in a resume any time never hurts.

EarthCruiser has offered and will continue to offer a verity of working internships, ranging from high school to college level. Availability depends on the time of year, commitments to schools/programs and if current positions are full, but we love to work with young people and our community. Invest in the future and the future will be brighter!

Please drop us an email at info@earthcruiser.com and we’re happy to answer your questions.

We build to order, and it takes approximately 10 weeks to build an EarthCruiser. Delivery timing is dependent on a few factors: the amount of personalized options and  builds in front of you in the queue.

Because we build to order, seeing an EarthCruiser is dependent on what is being built at the time. Our workshop builds during four, ten hour shifts and we’re available by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays. Please organize in advance if you would like to visit as we can’t guarantee we won’t be out enjoying all Oregon has to offer. If you are indeed serious about an EarthCruiser, we like for you to come spend the day with us learning more about what we do and how an EarthCruiser may compliment your outdoor lifestyle.

Absolutely! We have a pre-certified sales program for owners looking to upgrade to new models.  All vehicles go through an extensive certification program. You can find all these well cared for trucks by clicking on this pre-loved EarthCruiser page.

EarthCruiser vehicles are listed in the NADA Guides, which many lenders use to determine financing. We have several partners we recommend for financing. Contact sales@earthcruiser.com to learn more.

Pricing does change periodically. Contact our sales team for up to date pricing at sales@earthcruiser.com.

Our wheel and tire combination weigh roughly 100 lbs./45 kgs, making it easy to change. Our spare wheel carrier is also engineered to make dropping and stowing hassle less. We NEVER use military type tires, you can take your EarthCruiser to nearly any local tire shop around the world

Cab-over chassis are engineered to be operated by drivers, not owners. They are robust, have reasonable fuel economy, and are very reliable. Outfitted with our proprietary 4wd system, these vehicles are more than competent in off-road settings, and once we’re done with them, their on-road manners shine just as well. The wide windscreen provides a panoramic view of forward obstacles while also granting a commanding presence when knocking down those pavement miles on the way to your dirt tracked destination. There is access to a network of service available worldwide; this is so important for little things that can make a big difference like replacing a windscreen while traveling domestically or around the world.

The current 6-speed auto with a full manual mode is a dream to drive our customers really enjoy it. The steering column is fully adjustable so that people of all heights can easily reach all of the controls. It isn’t a ‘big’ truck, it is smaller in overall length than many US pick-up trucks. They easily fit in a standard car parking space. The great turning radius with a visibility only available in a cab-over truck just adds to enjoyment of touring in a EarthCruiser EXP or FX

New cab-over truck with a factory 4wd in the states are produced by CORE Vehicles, a division of EarthCruiser. With emission standards  becoming even more regulated you’ll start seeing many manufacturers of mid-duty trucks start switching to gas or electric platforms. These emission regulations are also forcing the demand for ULSD to increase drastically, and diesel fuel prices are expected to rise significantly.

Most importantly our business is about long distance remote overland travel, our job is to give our customers as many options to  travel without limitations anywhere they want to go. Many parts of our beautiful world are getting away from diesel as a fuel, and this is only going to get more common as time goes on. Switching to a petroleum platform allows owners not to have to worry about something that could be a limitation when they travel to remote areas.

You have 2 options when ordering your EarthCruiser, a single cab or a dual cab. The single cab can seat 2 people comfortably, and there is an option to put 2 seatbelts in the dinette area. However small children in car seats cannot travel legally here. The dual cab option give you 4 extremely comfortable Scheelman Vario captains chairs in the cab, which are legal for any age child. Our standard sleeping arrangement can comfortably sleep 2 adults in the rear, and 2 in the dinette area. An optional sky bed can be installed to fit 2 more small kids, or one adult under 150 lbs.

We hear this a lot and van conversions are great for a weekend. An EarthCruiser gives you about 92 sq. ft. or 8.6 sq. m of internal living space. Having the bed always made in the back and a dinette up front means that there is defined space for different activities or just to have separate ‘personal’ space when needed. Being light and bright makes even rainy or cold days enjoyable and our walk-through mudroom/shower area makes drying wet clothes, dogs or boots easy.

An EarthCruiser has a lot of storage — we have customers traveling the world in their EC’s, demanding enough room for not only everyday items, but also tools, spares, recovery gear, and outdoor swag! In an EarthCruiser, you have pass through storage for long items like skis as well as a plethora of internal storage for kitchen and personal items.

An EarthCruisers capacity for fresh water is 75 gallons. They also have an onboard water purification system so that any water you pick up (you can fill tanks with stream or other water sources) can be safely consumed.

Propane or often called LPG is as we all know, a very common transportable fuel for heating and cooking. It does have some drawbacks for extended overland traveler. Propane tanks shut off valves have a have a nasty habit of vibrating to the ON position when traversing rough or  corrugated roads. The results can be devastating . It can be very difficult have bottles refiled in remote places and countries, there are different standards for gas, meaning gas vents may not work or become unstable, not ideal. Hence we use other fuel sources, induction cook tops are safe, extremely reliable and efficient for inside cooking. A petrol fired air heater allows for comfortable nights in the most extreme conditions. There is an option for an outside BBQ.

Yes, there are addition power creation and storage options available beside the standard  system installed. It simply depends on what is important to you, our trained and knowledgable sales team can help.

As an example our crew can provide a "energy usage"map based on your expected usage requirements taking into account driving and weather conditions. Energy systems engineering is a discipline our engineers are well versed in. We provide everything you need, and nothing you do not for adventures of a life time.

In the house of an EarthCruiser, there is a 130L fridge freezer which is very efficient and functions off level (very important when you can’t always park on a nice flat spot). We also wire for an additional fridge/freezer in the rear locker box.

We put our flat, flexible solar panels on the roof. If you want to put things up top, a basket or box can be mounted to our EarthCruiser roof rack and scrub bar.

  • General
  • Purchasing
  • Driving
  • Living

EarthCruisers built for the US and export markets are hand-crafted in Bend, OR. Australian and New Zealand markets are manufactured near Sydney, Australia.

EarthCruiser was started in Australia in 2008, then moved to Bend, Oregon in 2013.

Is your dream to explore places beyond the traditional RV park or campground in North America, or elsewhere in the world? Do you want to be able to go streamside, mountainside, beach-side or in the snow with access to a warm shower, a flush toilet, a cold beverage in a true all-weather vehicle? Do you want to continue moving forward rather than having to turn back for fuel or provisions? If the answers are yes, then read on.

EarthCruiser EXP is built on the Fuso FE 2wd, gasoline powered chassis. Through lots of engineering and design, we upfit this to our proprietary 4×4 system. This option is also available in a dual cab. EarthCruiser FX is also built on the Fuso FE 2wd, gasoline powered chassis completed with our proprietary 4×4 system. This option is also available in a dual cab. EarthCruiser Terranova is a smaller size EarthCruiser on a Ford, Ram, and Chevy truck chassis. It can be ordered with a diesel or gasoline engine, standard or crew cab, and a few different trim package options.

Having spent the last several years building EarthCruisers in Bend, OR and traveling throughout other parts of the world, we know a thing or two about cold. EarthCruisers are all-weather, four season vehicles. Their fiberglass construction provides excellent insulation qualities and all other systems have been designed to work in extreme cold conditions. Ask some of our Mongolian customers!

An EarthCruiser is sized for ease of handling on and off road. The living compartment isn’t simply a bolt-on box full of amenities; it is engineered in a way to compliment a cab-over style of chassis. The width of the house relative to the cab has been designed so when travelling through scrub, branches are easily deflected past. An EarthCruisers widest elements are its side mirrors; an easy to monitor dimension when trying to squeeze through tight environments. When we started building EarthCruisers in Australia there were restrictions on length ~22ft (6700 mm). Those same restrictions are now in place on some roads in national parks and other places in the world to limit environmental degradation. An EarthCruiser from the front of the bullbar to the back of the spare wheel carrier is 21′ 9″ (6630 mm). To comply with these regulations, EarthCruiser has no plans to extend the length of the vehicle.

Job postings have historically been posted on Craigslist, but sending in a resume any time never hurts.

EarthCruiser has offered and will continue to offer a verity of working internships, ranging from high school to college level. Availability depends on the time of year, commitments to schools/programs and if current positions are full, but we love to work with young people and our community. Invest in the future and the future will be brighter!

Please drop us an email at info@earthcruiser.com and we’re happy to answer your questions.

We build to order, and it takes approximately 10 weeks to build an EarthCruiser. Delivery timing is dependent on a few factors: the amount of personalized options and  builds in front of you in the queue.

Because we build to order, seeing an EarthCruiser is dependent on what is being built at the time. Our workshop builds during four, ten hour shifts and we’re available by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays. Please organize in advance if you would like to visit as we can’t guarantee we won’t be out enjoying all Oregon has to offer. If you are indeed serious about an EarthCruiser, we like for you to come spend the day with us learning more about what we do and how an EarthCruiser may compliment your outdoor lifestyle.

Absolutely! We have a pre-certified sales program for owners looking to upgrade to new models.  All vehicles go through an extensive certification program. You can find all these well cared for trucks by clicking on this pre-loved EarthCruiser page.

EarthCruiser vehicles are listed in the NADA Guides, which many lenders use to determine financing. We have several partners we recommend for financing. Contact sales@earthcruiser.com to learn more.

Pricing does change periodically. Contact our sales team for up to date pricing at sales@earthcruiser.com.

Our wheel and tire combination weigh roughly 100 lbs./45 kgs, making it easy to change. Our spare wheel carrier is also engineered to make dropping and stowing hassle less. We NEVER use military type tires, you can take your EarthCruiser to nearly any local tire shop around the world

Cab-over chassis are engineered to be operated by drivers, not owners. They are robust, have reasonable fuel economy, and are very reliable. Outfitted with our proprietary 4wd system, these vehicles are more than competent in off-road settings, and once we’re done with them, their on-road manners shine just as well. The wide windscreen provides a panoramic view of forward obstacles while also granting a commanding presence when knocking down those pavement miles on the way to your dirt tracked destination. There is access to a network of service available worldwide; this is so important for little things that can make a big difference like replacing a windscreen while traveling domestically or around the world.

The current 6-speed auto with a full manual mode is a dream to drive our customers really enjoy it. The steering column is fully adjustable so that people of all heights can easily reach all of the controls. It isn’t a ‘big’ truck, it is smaller in overall length than many US pick-up trucks. They easily fit in a standard car parking space. The great turning radius with a visibility only available in a cab-over truck just adds to enjoyment of touring in a EarthCruiser EXP or FX

New cab-over truck with a factory 4wd in the states are produced by CORE Vehicles, a division of EarthCruiser. With emission standards  becoming even more regulated you’ll start seeing many manufacturers of mid-duty trucks start switching to gas or electric platforms. These emission regulations are also forcing the demand for ULSD to increase drastically, and diesel fuel prices are expected to rise significantly.

Most importantly our business is about long distance remote overland travel, our job is to give our customers as many options to  travel without limitations anywhere they want to go. Many parts of our beautiful world are getting away from diesel as a fuel, and this is only going to get more common as time goes on. Switching to a petroleum platform allows owners not to have to worry about something that could be a limitation when they travel to remote areas.

You have 2 options when ordering your EarthCruiser, a single cab or a dual cab. The single cab can seat 2 people comfortably, and there is an option to put 2 seatbelts in the dinette area. However small children in car seats cannot travel legally here. The dual cab option give you 4 extremely comfortable Scheelman Vario captains chairs in the cab, which are legal for any age child. Our standard sleeping arrangement can comfortably sleep 2 adults in the rear, and 2 in the dinette area. An optional sky bed can be installed to fit 2 more small kids, or one adult under 150 lbs.

We hear this a lot and van conversions are great for a weekend. An EarthCruiser gives you about 92 sq. ft. or 8.6 sq. m of internal living space. Having the bed always made in the back and a dinette up front means that there is defined space for different activities or just to have separate ‘personal’ space when needed. Being light and bright makes even rainy or cold days enjoyable and our walk-through mudroom/shower area makes drying wet clothes, dogs or boots easy.

An EarthCruiser has a lot of storage — we have customers traveling the world in their EC’s, demanding enough room for not only everyday items, but also tools, spares, recovery gear, and outdoor swag! In an EarthCruiser, you have pass through storage for long items like skis as well as a plethora of internal storage for kitchen and personal items.

An EarthCruisers capacity for fresh water is 75 gallons. They also have an onboard water purification system so that any water you pick up (you can fill tanks with stream or other water sources) can be safely consumed.

Propane or often called LPG is as we all know, a very common transportable fuel for heating and cooking. It does have some drawbacks for extended overland traveler. Propane tanks shut off valves have a have a nasty habit of vibrating to the ON position when traversing rough or  corrugated roads. The results can be devastating . It can be very difficult have bottles refiled in remote places and countries, there are different standards for gas, meaning gas vents may not work or become unstable, not ideal. Hence we use other fuel sources, induction cook tops are safe, extremely reliable and efficient for inside cooking. A petrol fired air heater allows for comfortable nights in the most extreme conditions. There is an option for an outside BBQ.

Yes, there are addition power creation and storage options available beside the standard  system installed. It simply depends on what is important to you, our trained and knowledgable sales team can help.

As an example our crew can provide a "energy usage"map based on your expected usage requirements taking into account driving and weather conditions. Energy systems engineering is a discipline our engineers are well versed in. We provide everything you need, and nothing you do not for adventures of a life time.

In the house of an EarthCruiser, there is a 130L fridge freezer which is very efficient and functions off level (very important when you can’t always park on a nice flat spot). We also wire for an additional fridge/freezer in the rear locker box.

We put our flat, flexible solar panels on the roof. If you want to put things up top, a basket or box can be mounted to our EarthCruiser roof rack and scrub bar.