Before we dive into this wheeled behemoth, let's first take a quick look at the minds and hands behind the design, none other than AT Overland, an American crew working out of the Sonoran Desert in Prescott, Arizona, a city I've spent quite some time in. Well, all you really need to know is that they've been in this business for over 20 years, and looking at the Aterra, it shows.
Now, the Aterra isn't your typical truck camper, requiring a flatbed rather than a classic setup used by slide-in units. This means that you'll need to modify your truck if it hasn't been already. Come to think of it, you should look into more than just bed modifications, especially if you'd like to take things off-road the right way; the suspension is sure to need some attention.
Taking a look at the exterior of this unit, we can see countless windows tattered along the sides, storage bays, and, best of all, the ability to mount solar panels to the roof. The latter is essential if you're into breaking away from the grid and exploring lands very few have.
Furthermore, it seems like the shell can also accommodate some extras, like recovery boards, Jerry cans, and who knows what else; just let AT know what you have in mind, and maybe they can make it a reality. However, there isn't much you could ask for; each unit is jam-packed with the goods we need and want.
For example, let's head inside and get acquainted with a king-size cab-over bed that's waiting for future owners. Be sure to check out the bamboo countertops, that fully equipped galley, all the storage bays found around you, and that wonderful use of LED strips.
I know it may sound weird, but try and picture yourself in the middle of nowhere, window blinds rolled up, and you're checking out the local scenery as you clean off from a long day or are starting fresh for a new one. Sounds like a neat little trick.
Just remember: you're in a camper, and sitting around in the shower with the water running isn't going to be what you want, especially since there are only 30 gals (114 l) of fresh water at your disposal. Funny enough, you could tend to whatever meal you have on the stovetop while taking a shower, assuming you didn't put up a curtain.
Once you've hopped out of the shower, grab some clothes from any of the countless bays we see in the image gallery, put them on, reorganize the dinette, and enjoy the meal you've been working on simultaneously. Mind the soap bubbles!
Now, let's say you've fallen in love with what you see. If that's the case, there's something you need to consider, and part of that is the fact that the Aterra can be mounted to nearly any truck on the market, from 1/2-ton to 1-ton buggers; as long as the bed fits, the Aterra sits. Just remember to check that your truck doesn't need a suspension upgrade or anything of the sort.
At the end of the day, there's a whole lot more that goes into this Arizona-born truck camper, but I'll leave some explaining for AT Overland. This is just a little something-something to think about if you're looking for a different kind of truck camper.