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Road Trip! 7 Awesome RVs

Craig Fitzgerald
14 July 2013

Vacation season means that I remember all the great times I had with my family in a travel trailer when I was a kid. Travel trailers and RVs have come a long way since those days in that 12-foot Serro Scotty. Maybe one of these awesome RVs might do the trick for your next family trip:

Marchi Mobile eleMMent Palazzo:

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Palazzo1

This isn’t s’mores-and-hot-dogs camping. This is cool drinks-from-the-flybridge-lounge camping. The interior appointments are far from those pressed sawdust and plywood furnishings you see in your average Winnebago. It features a minimalist and modern design, blended with classic touches everywhere. This is how one-percenters rough it. (Price: $3,000,000)

Fernreisemobil:

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German-RV1

You want to travel the world, but the RV market doesn’t have what you’re looking for? Then you’ve got to get handy and build one yourself. This German guy named Benny built his own Fernreisenmobil using a 1978 Mercedes-Benz 1017 4×4 truck as the basis. It’s amazing, and pretty compact, but includes a full kitchen, a standup shower, a toilet and awesome custom touches everywhere. (Price: Unknown)

GMC Motorhome:

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GMC-1

Between the years of 1973 and 1978, GMC produced the only RV every completely designed and built by an auto manufacturer, and they were awesome. Unlike most RVs that are comfy houses built on solid truck chassis, the line of GMC motorhomes were built to be as enjoyable to drive as they were to sleep in. They sat on a unique chassis, and were powered by the 455-cu.in. V-8 and front-wheel drive setup from an Oldsmobile Toronado. Forty years later, when you see one on the road, it’s still unmistakable. This is what the future looked like in 1973. (Price: $35,000-$40,000 by 1978)

Action Mobile Desert Challenger:

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Desert Challenger Lead

You say you’d like to compete in the Paris-Dakar Rally, but the Kamaz trucks don’t offer the kind of luxury you’re used to? Try the Action Mobile Desert Challenger. It’s only $1.75 million and sits on a MAN KAT Alpha 1 military truck chassis designed to follow main battle tanks into hostile territory. It allows the Desert Challenger to ford streams — streams? — of up to four feet in depth, and span a ditch up to six feet wide. The 8×8 all-wheel-drive RV provides two self-supporting slide-outs and thick exterior walls to ensure the interior stays cool in the Kalahari. A tank up front can carry up to 5,000 liters of fluid. We recommend gin. (Price: $1,750,000)

Volkner Mobil Performance Bus:

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Volkner1

The biggest downside of an RV is that once it’s parked and leveled, you don’t necessarily want to drive it to dinner. You can tow a car, of course, but they get beat up and you don’t really want to haul anything nicer than a PT Cruiser. That’s where the Volkner Mobil Performance Bus comes in. It tucks a sports car of your choice underneath the living quarters, so you can park the RV where you like and head out in a decent car, rather than the Suzuki X90 that the guy in the Bounder next to you is driving.

Jeep Off-Road Camper Trailer:

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Jeep Camper Trailer Lead1

So maybe price and space are objects for you, but you still want to head out on the open road without having to pay for hotels along the way? I love the idea of the Jeep Off-Road Camper Trailer. It does what most tent trailers do, in that it provides comfortable sleeping quarters for up to four adults. But the Jeep trailer is also built to be tough and lightweight, with the ability to go anywhere a Jeep can. And best of all, you buy it through the parts counter of your local Jeep dealer, so you can finance it along with the purchase of a Wrangler, and its backed by MOPAR. You can buy a tent trailer for less, but not one this rugged. (Price: $9,995-$11,995)

Earthroamer XV-LT:

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Earthroamer2

EarthRoamer XV-LTs are built on four wheel drive, turbo diesel powered, Ford F-550, commercial duty cab chassis trucks. It not only provides the beef to haul the camper, but with a 19,000 pound towing capacity, you can haul another house with you. XV-LTs are designed to accommodate from two to eight adventurers comfortably depending on the cab and camper body configuration you choose. (Price: $261,000, which includes $61,000 MSRP for F-350)

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