These days, quite a few aftermarket companies are utilizing Blue Oval vehicles to create overlanding and camping rigs, outfits such as Storyteller Overland and Winnebago, to name just a couple. For those looking for something a bit more rugged, a company called Earthroamer has been building and selling some pretty wicked Ford Super Duty based builds for years now as well, machines like the LTi, which is built using the F-550 as a blank canvas. Now, another company that makes these types of vehicles has revealed a new, Ford Transit (or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter) based overlanding rig as well – the Earthcruiser Evado.
The Earthcruiser Evado is the company’s very first van-based rig, built using the Transit chassis cab model. To that sturdy base, the company adds its molded-fiberglass insulated “house” and makes extensive use of composite and anti-rust materials in its construction. The Evado is also available with an optional interior storage compartment capable of holding two bicycles, as well as a standard stand-up pass-through section that allows for easy transition between the cab and house.
Though the outfit hasn’t yet provided many additional details regarding the new Earthcruiser Evado, it will be offered with an array of customization packages, accessories, and add-ons for the overlanding rig, including everything from microwaves to extended power storage.
“For years, we’ve had inquiries from customers wondering why we don’t offer an EC model built on a van platform when seemingly everyone does,” Earthcruiser founder Lance Gillies said. “Now, with Ford and Mercedes offering body-on-frame (also known as cab-chassis) AWD options for the Ford AWD Transit and Mercedes AWD Sprinter in the United States, we are confident we can produce true overlanding capable vehicles on a van platform. This expansion of the EC line is part of our larger plans to offer more chassis choices to our customers as technology brings more opportunities for our customers.”
This article has been revised to properly indicate that the Evado is made by Earthcruiser, not Earthroamer, which offers similar types of overlanding vehicles.