ROA's Roamer Overland Travel Trailers Are One of America's Answer to the Rising Wave

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In recent years, I've witnessed a shift in the American RV and camper scene. It seems as though the campers of old are transforming into rugged do-it-all and go-anywhere machines capable of sustaining life in the harshest of landscapes.
One crew bringing about some of this change is RVs of America, or ROA for short. The deal here today? None other than their Roamer lineup, a pair of overland travel trailers built to handle whatever you feel like throwing at it.

If the name ROA sounds familiar to you, it's because they've been a presence on the American RV scene since 2009, often responsible for middle-manning camper deals of all kinds. But the Roamer lineup is their own, sort of.

Since ROA has always focused on being the middleman for such equipment, they had to have help from another crew with the possibility to craft and produce the necessary components for bringing these beasts to life. In this case, that crew is Imperial Outdoors.

As its name would suggest, this brand has always focused on the greater outdoors and came to life as a custom finishing company. If you ever happen to make it to their website, you'll notice two of their very own units, which I definitely need to bring to light at a later time.

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Once Imperial works their magic, each Roamer is then thrown onto a Cruisemaster ATX airbag suspension, specifically engineered for the Roamer 1 and, by the looks of it, for the second habitat in the class, the X. The latter, however, seems to be a variation of the first, so we'll just focus on the Roamer 1.

Now, the beast you see in the gallery is quite a hunk of machine, and with that on the table, I need to point out that ROA is asking new buyers to prepare at least $156K (€147,500 at current exchange rates) for a standard Roamer 1. My bad; it's just $50 short of $156K... like that even matters at this stage. Those are prices in line with another renowned Overland camper brand, Bruder. Come to think of it, the Roamers have some of that Bruder vibe to them.

Bruder aside and all, the Roamer is more than worthy of its own article because from what I read on ROA's website, it's built not only to take you places, but once you finally arrive in the middle of nowhere, the Roamer 1 will be able to keep you alive for quite some time, depending on how much your nose can take.

For example, each unit is designed to harness the power of the sun to an extent where you can safely say that you don't need any more energy. ROA equips each Roamer with 1,080 Ah of lithium juice boxes and, above all, 1,000 W of solar panel power. I think it's safe to say that you won't need anything else. If you do, just let ROA know and whip out that checkbook.

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Then there's the fact that these babies can be used in up to -40 F (-40 Celsius) weather. What does this mean for you and me? It means a year-round home and one that can carry you from the coldest tundras of Alaska to the hottest corners of the Mojave. The only detail I couldn't find is how the shell is crafted, but judging by Imperial Outdoors' work, it's a fully composite shell, so the elements will be knocking, but they won't get in.

Speaking of getting in, take in the rest of the exterior we see, and let's hop into this bugger. Now, from the first few moments exploring the interior of the Roamer 1, I understood what ROA really wanted to achieve here, and frankly, I love what I see.

As you enter the unit, to your right will be the bedroom for you and your significant other, while straight ahead, the galley block sits in wait and looks a whole lot like the kitchen I have in my two-bedroom apartment. Across from that and to the left of the door sits a modular dinette that doubles as a bedding space in case you argue with the missus.

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At the far end, a bathroom is in place that spans the entire width of the unit, with the shower on one end and toilet at the other. In between, a vanity is found, and with the stroke of a hand, complete privacy is granted by a sliding door.

One final aspect I want to shed light on is the storage that Roamer 1 offers. First, have a look at those overhead bays; they look absolutely flawless and provide more than enough space for goods, utensils, and foodstuffs. The bedroom has its own lateral storage bays, too, but lighting is also running through those. More storage options are found throughout the unit, some even taking the shape of your battery bay, so feel free to check out the one-and-a-half-hour walkthrough video of the Roamer 1.

Now, if I were to say that this is the end of the Roamer 1 story, I'd be lying. In truth, this thing is ready with 60 gals (227 l) of fresh water, appliances from Truma, Dometic, GoPower, and Nautilus, the latter providing the water management system, and so we could sit here and talk about it for, yeah, the next one and a half hours.

Just be warned; once you take in all that the Roamer 1 is and can do, you may find yourself calling up a family meeting to discuss if one of the kids "really" has to go to college.

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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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