12 Insanely Overpriced Campers You Can’t Afford

7 shares The van life movement, evidenced by over 16 million #vanlife posts on Instagram, has catapulted from a niche trend to mainstream popularity. But…

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The van life movement, evidenced by over 16 million #vanlife posts on Instagram, has catapulted from a niche trend to mainstream popularity. But it’s not just Millennials and Gen Zers converting old vans and sharing their adventures online.

As more people seek to blend the freedom of the road with the comforts of home, manufacturers are stepping up. They’re crafting vehicles that can handle off-grid adventures while offering the opulence of a five-star hotel room.

Here’s a look at some of the most lavishly priced camper vans and trucks currently on the market.

1. EarthRoamer SX – From $730,000

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Based on the Chevrolet Silverado 6500HD, the Earthroamer SX is a luxury overlanding vehicle with a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-diesel V8 engine and Allison 6-speed transmission. It comes with 43″ military-grade Goodyear tires on Beadlock Rims, a huge solar array, and an 18,000-watt lithium-ion battery capacity.

The SX features a spa-like dry bath with a walk-in shower, a California King bed, a living room with 270-degree views and flip-down TV, a pull-out gas BBQ at the rear, and a large storage area. Every detail looks high-end. In the galley, you’ll find a refrigerator/freezer, an induction cooktop, a wall-mounted coffee maker, and a convection microwave oven as standard. You can even add a washer/dryer, an extra fridge/freezer drawer, or a wine fridge. Talk about luxury!

2) Redtail Skyloft – From $530,000

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Redtail Overland created a unique rig based on an XD AWD 170 High Roof Sprinter 3,500. They added their patented, climate-controlled, carbon-fiber Skyloft rooftop camper on top of the vehicle to create a second bedroom – they call it a penthouse suite. The van can take a family of four off-grid.

The Skyloft features two climate-controlled sleeping zones, heated floors, and AC, so it’s comfortable year-round. You can venture off-road with the all-terrain 35″ tires, upgraded suspension, front and rear winches, skid plate, custom front bumper, off-road lighting, and onboard air compressor.

And you can stay off-grid for a while thanks to the 14kw lithium battery, 330 watts of solar, a 40-gallon fresh water tank, and a 30-gallon grey water tank. On board, you’ll find a heated wet bath, a galley, a large dining area, plenty of storage, and four automotive seats. Of course, you can add many options on top, like Starlink satellite internet.

3) Earthroamer LTi – From $ 695,000

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The Earthroamer LTi is built on the AWD Ford F-550 chassis, which comes with a powerful 6.7L turbo diesel V8 engine. It has a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds. To handle any terrain, the vehicle is equipped with 43-inch military tires on beadlock wheels, air ride suspension, King off-road shocks, and a heavy-duty anti-sway bar.

Inside, every detail has been designed to provide a luxurious experience. There’s a king-size bed in the back, a dining area with two benches and a long couch, a huge modern kitchen stacked with gadgets, and a wet bath. It’s a comfortable space to relax on a snowy day. The LTi has a 100-gallon of freshwater tank, 40 gallons of greywater storage, 1,320 watts of solar power, and a 12,000-watt lithium ion battery bank.

4) GXV Adventure Truck – From $290,000 

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Built on the Dodge RAM 55000 chassis, the Adventure Truck is a robust overlanding vehicle that can tackle the most difficult terrains. It comes with liquid spring suspension, a snorkel, a rear hitch receiver, and deployable running boards. There are also an integrated reverse camera, a rear garage area, and winch controls.

Inside, the Adventure Truck features a full kitchen with a refrigerator/freezer and a convection oven, a wet bath, a queen-sized bed above the truck cabin, and a dining booth. It’s a practical yet sleek interior.

5) Storyteller Overland Hilt – From $398,786

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The Hilt is an adventure truck built by Storyteller Overland in partnership with Global Expedition. It sports 41-inch tires mounted on Hutchinson 3-piece beadlock wheels, onboard air, perimeter light bars, Flarespace nVader rear storage racks, and three cargo hatches. Not a bad setup! The Zero Torsion Subframe system allows the camper to move independently from the chassis, so you can have a fairly comfortable ride, even when you travel in the back on rough terrain. 

Inside, you’ll find a wet bath with a cassette toilet, two queen beds, a dinette, and a full kitchen with a convection microwave oven, an air fryer, and a double-burner induction cooktop. There’s both AC and heating for comfort in any season.

6) Outside Van Approach 170 – From $246,000

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Based on a 2023 AWD Mercedes Sprinter 170, the Approach 170, features 17-inch Black Rhino wheels covered in 265/70R17 BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires. It comes with a Rigid Industries 50-inch light bar, retractable running boards, and an aluminum ladder to access the roof rack.

The kitchen is quite small but houses a stainless refrigerator and a microwave. When you need to cook, simply pop the single induction cooktop on the countertop. In the back, there’s a stackable three-panel bed system and a dinette that turns into a second bed.

There’s no bathroom on board, but Outside Van fitted a “hidden water box” – a box with a porta-potty that you can turn into a shower using a curtain. Other amenities include AC, cabin heat, and hot water. 

7) Hymer Vision Venture – From $250,000

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Built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Hymer Vision Future is a camper van available for sale in Germany. Even though it was launched in 2020, it still looks futuristic. The design won a bunch of automotive awards in Europe for innovation. It comes with off-road tires, a custom lift kit, a luxurious wet bath, a modern kitchen area, and two cushy benches that turn into a bed.

This rig definitely stands out. At the back, there’s a custom-made fold-down tailgate that acts as a decking area where to chill and eat. On the roof, there’s a huge inflatable pop-top, which can sleep up to three adults. The temperature-regulating Chromacool technology can reduce the surface temperature of the van by 68 degrees and that of the interior by up to 40 degrees. It’s safe to say you’ll be cozy anywhere, in any season, on the Vision Venture.

8) Airstream Atlas – From $310,400

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Airstream rigs are notoriously expensive and the Atlas is no exception. It’s a Class B RV built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis, which sleeps two people. 

The floor plan is quite different from that of most camper vans out there. A residential-style dry bathroom in the rear of the van has a closet, vanity, shower, and toilet. Near the bathroom, there’s a high-end kitchen with a deep sink, a cooktop, and storage space. Opposite the galley, there are a refrigerator, freezer, and convection microwave. The front of the Atlas is dedicated to a huge couch and a big smart TV. You can expand the van using the power slide-out on the driver’s side. This creates a bigger living room area, which turns into a “Murphy Suite” if you pull down the Murphy bed. Pretty clever!

9) Airstream Interstate 24X – From $246,351

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The Airstream Interstate is slightly cheaper than the Atlas and features a more standard floor plan. It has a dinette that turns into a bed at the back, an enclosed wet bath, and a decent-size kitchen. You can store kayaks, bikes, and paddle boards inside the van using the aluminum aircraft L-tracks, so your gear is safe even when you’re not on board. The two 100 Ah deep-cycle lithium batteries and 400 watts of military-grade solar panels will allow you to stay off-grid for long periods.

This model has all-terrain tires, on-demand 4×4 or All-Wheel drive capabilities, a heavy-duty 42-inch LED Light Bar, and rugged body protection. The Interstate can tow up to 5,000 pounds and is equipped with Air Ride Suspension which adjusts automatically to bumpy roads and strong crosswinds. Once you stop for the night, the same system will balance the rig so you can sleep flat, which is a nice touch.

10) Storyteller Overland Beast MODE – From $218,620 

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The Storyteller Overland Beast MODE is built on a 4×4 144” High Roof, 2,500 Sprinter van. It features all-terrain tires, a 3.0L Turbo Diesel V6 engine, and a lifted suspension supplemented by a stability system.

The floor plan includes a dinette, a sleeping platform, a decent-sized kitchen galley, a toilet, and a fold-out couch. While there’s no fixed bathroom, it includes a concealed shower pan and a portable toilet inside. You can also shower outside in the summer. The galley is compact – it includes a refrigerator/freezer, portable induction cooktop, microwave, and sink. The standard Beast MODE comes with a M-Power™ 12kWh Energy Storage System and a 90-watt solar panel, but you can upgrade up to 600 watts.

11) Winnebago Revel – From $245,463

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Built on an AWD Sprinter Chassis, the Winnebago Revel 44E seats and sleeps two adults. It’s equipped with a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, so it can drive up steep tracks, through mud and snow, or on sand. The Revel comes with a Hydronic heating system with multi-zone heating as standard, but you can add a 13,500 BTU air conditioner.

There’s a power lift bed at the back of the van, a wet bath that also serves as a gear closet, a kitchenette, and a dining area behind the swivel front seats. The bed lifts completely when you don’t need it, so you can use the rear as a huge storage area. You can add a 30″ x 65″ cab air mattress with a support base, so one person can sleep in the front.

12) Outside Van Slim Chance – From $330,000, Used

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Would you pay $330,000 for a van with 6,067 miles on it? Outside Van sells one. It’s a 144” AWD Sprinter that seats and sleeps two. The floor plan features a Murphy bed at the back and a spacious expandable galley. The design maximizes the space available for living and storing gear. So why the $300K price tag? This rig comes with a very long list of options.

Here are a few: roof rack, Starlink roof mount, cross bars, a secondary alternator, on-board air compressor, exterior shower, overhead cabinetry, Rigid lights on all sides, Black Rhino Atlas 17” wheels with BFG KO2 Tires, and much more.

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  1. William Huckette says:

    Earthroamer has recently gone out of business.

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