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What Does a "Luxury" Off-Road Camper Look and Feel Like? XVR Pod Answers All Questions

It's nothing new that Australia is at the top of the off-grid and off-road living game. With that in mind, we explore one of the newest machines to come out from the land down under. I'm talking about Mountain Trail RV's XVR Pod.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the name Mountain Trail RV (MTRV) may mean little to nothing to you, and that's perfectly okay; after all, if you live outside of Australia, you've probably never had any contact with them. Yet, this doesn't change the fact that they build one hell of a machine, and their newest addition is the XVR Pod.

Now, before we hop into all that is the XVR and why you might end up traveling to Australia for one, let me point out a bit about the minds and hands behind the magic. MTRV was founded back in 2007 with a simple aim: to build campers and RVs with the best materials out there, giving rise to "high-performance luxury campers and caravans."

Oh, and the way they do this is by handling just about every step of the manufacturing process themselves. They even go as far as building their own electronically controlled suspensions (independent air), and their chassis components are cut and assembled in-house, too. Just some components, like the roofs and walls, are crafted from materials of European origin.

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Simple enough, if you ask me, and the fact that they've been in the game ever since is a testament that they achieved the goal they set for themselves. No joke, the Australian camper scene is as cut-throat as possible, and for good reasons; almost everything out there is fighting for survival and will invade your space to ensure it. So, to keep critters and the elements out of your unit, it has to be top-notch stuff.

All that brings us to the hot and not-so-bothered XVR. "Not-so-bothered" because this thing comes across as being able to handle just about anything you'll encounter on your way to some hidden haven in the wild, and all that starts with the presence of a dual-shock trailing A-arm air bag suspension, electric brakes, and DO35 coupling. That suspension even comes with a 5-year warranty and is adjustable. MTRV even integrates an electronic "dust-suppression" system into the XVR. Starting to get the idea?

With the base in place, MTRV then begins to craft the shell of this unit, and frankly, this is one of the aspects that made me fall in love with this unit. As you're aware, Australians love their outdoor living, and with that in mind, let me point out that the XVR is absolutely filled to the brim with the features you need to live life to the fullest.

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Photo: Mountain Trail RV
To make things easier to understand, let's begin with the rear of the XVR and also what may become your most used space. I'm talking about that amazing galley, filled with multiple slide-out drawers, a fridge and freezer, a microwave, a cooktop, and even room to add a bit of decor. Just picture yourself whipping up a meal with music in the background and your significant other preparing other sections of your campsite. That's really all it takes to feel alive.

As we make our way to the front of the XVR, we'll pass under-bed storage set up on a slide-out, pass-through storage at the front, and overhead along the left side of the unit; a large awning provides shade. At the very front, holders for jerry cans, gas bottles, and a 230-liter (61 gals) storage bay await. The right side is all about access to tanks, electrical, and an outdoor shower.

Upon heading indoors, we can see the impact that all that under-bed storage has had on the bedding arrangement. The queen bed inside sits rather high up but still offers plenty of space to sit up and read a book, and there can even be a bunk shelf at the front. In all, two adults and one child should have no issue sleeping inside.

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Photo: Mountain Trail RV
But sleeping and eating aren't all that we'll need while living out in the wild; we need power! Luckily for the future owners of an XVR, 645 W of roof-mounted solar power is at your fingertips. So is a 3,000 W inverter, 360 A of battery power, and REDARC BMS. As for freshwater, 215 L (57 gals) of it can be brought along on trips.

As for the elephant in the room, just how much can we expect to dish out on something like this? Well, at this stage, sources mention a price tag of around $90,000. Luckily for us, that's in Australian dollars, which translates to around $58K American.

Yet, there's a catch to the magic we have here. Australian RV and camper manufacturers rarely build machines for use outside of the land down under. This means that you may need to move to Australia if you want to own an XVR. Honestly, why the hell not? We only have one life; live it to the fullest.
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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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