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Tiger4x4RV

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Posted: 08/08/07 01:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There I was, just driving down the road in Cape Disappointment SP, WA, and there was an Earthroamer sitting all alone at a trailhead, no one home.

I parked the Tiger close enough to the Earthroamer that both could be in the same picture and took front, side, and rear views of them together.

I also photographed Earthroamer's classy-looking Ford model emblem. Imagine having their own custom-made!

My overall impression from just walking around the ER: it is BIG. The numbers (below) don't show that as much as the being there did. It was hard not to stroke that sleek-looking Kevlar coat, but I resisted.

The numbers

length
ER 23' 11" and up (no regular cab)
T 19+' and up (depending upon cab chosen)

width
ER 96"
T 87"

height
ER 128"
T 117" (my T is not this tall due to no roof AC)

GVWR
ER 17,950 lbs. (GCWR 30,000 lbs.)
T 9,600 lbs and up (GCWR Ford 18,000 lbs., Chevrolet 16,000)

price
ER about $200,000 and up
T about $74,000 and up

Bottom line: While driving around in my Saturn wagon, I do drool over the similar BMW wagons. However, I will keep the Saturn and spend any extra money elsewhere. The Tiger/ER feeling is, for me, about the same. I'll keep my Tiger.

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(edited to put in smaller images)(edited GVWR & GCWR)

* This post was last edited 08/09/07 04:05pm by Tiger4x4RV *   View edit history


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Posted: 08/08/07 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's pretty cool! I didn't even know those (either one) was even made!


She ain't purdy, but at least she's slow!


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Posted: 08/08/07 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awesome photos!

Joe





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Posted: 08/08/07 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, no doubt the ER's a bad looking ride, and the 'top of the class' for some. It's a handsome, hi-tech unit. But it's just too big for my uses. Heck, even the Tiger's too big on some of the old logging roads around here, and I still like to be able to park at the curb downtown in a metered space. BTW, the Tiger's available now on the F-350, and you can order it with rear duals if that's your wish.

Definitely a case of 'to each his own', I think. I'll keep my Tiger.

Thanks, Tiger4x4.

Jim, "Grow your own dope. Plant a politican today."


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Posted: 08/20/07 01:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pics but the camera perspective induced size distortion makes it hard to get a true feeling for the real sizes.

One thing that will be a major problem for both the ER and any Tiger built on the Ford chassis is that the 08 and up Fords REQUIRE the cab to come off for pretty much ANY engine work. Ford even designed the cab for easy removal to accommodate this (about 30min for a Ford tech with the proper tools/lift). This is an even bigger issue for an F350/Tiger buyer since the camper is molded to the chassis and not easily removable. With the ER the camper is still a separate unit and theoretically able to be removed if need be without having to do bodywork.

ER is looking to start producing units built on the new Dodge 4500 chassis, possibly for this very reason.

As an aside, while the Tiger is a nice unit that fills its niche, trying to take one down the more extreme places that an ER is capable of going would destroy the Tiger due to its solid mounting to the trucks chassis. The ER has a 3-point mounting system that enables the camper to flex independently of the truck.


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Posted: 08/09/07 04:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jim,

Thanks for the correction. The Earthroamer website does give two weights and it abbreviates both as GVWR, so I didn't notice the full spelled-out versions. I'll go back and edit my post.

GVWR 17,950

GCWR (had typo on their site) 30,000

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Posted: 08/08/07 06:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wow great pictures..the first one makes the full size Chevy look like a s-10


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Posted: 08/09/07 08:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"GVWR
ER 30,000 lbs. (what for???)
T 9,600 lbs and up"

You are confusing gvwr and gcwr on the Earth Roamer. The gvwr on a 550 earth Roamer is 17950. I believe that the 450 is a bit less. Nice pictures.

Jim


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Posted: 08/09/07 09:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow thanks for the post. My 2 dream MH's side by side.

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Posted: 08/08/07 09:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

great pics!!!. i've always wanted a tiger... i tried finding a used cx.. didn't like the pop up but liked the small size of the astro ..couldn't find a decent one.and no more astrovans. and couldn't find a used cx.. so few made.so few for sale. but i love my b plus and live vicariously through you

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