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A family of 8 is traveling through Australia's most remote regions in a fully customized, 2-story motorhome. Here's a look inside.

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 10 Jan 2021


<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5df01458fd9db260307bb1f2-2400/slrv commander 8x8 2 storey sunset.jpg" border="0" alt="SLRV Expedition Vehicle - Commander 8x8 - Custom RV - Australian Family of 8" data-mce-source=" SLRV Expedition Vehicles"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>An Australian family of eight is traveling around the wilds of Australia in a veritable mansion on wheels.</p><p>The family, who prefers to remain anonymous, contacted Australia's leading luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer, <a href="https://slrvexpedition.com.au/">SLRV</a>, in 2017 about designing a camper that would allow them explore the country's most remote regions for months on end, SLRV cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.<br><br>This was no small feat: Australia is home to some of the world's last <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/most-wilderness-world-five-countries-2018-11">true wilderness</a> and is the <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/land/rangelands#:~:targetText=Australia%20is%20the%20driest%20inhabited,average%20rainfall%20between%20250%2D350mm.">driest inhabited continent on Earth</a>, consisting of 70% arid or semi-arid land.<br><br>But SLRV was up to the challenge. Boswerger and his team designed a&nbsp;two-story, 40-foot long camper van that New Atlas <a href="https://newatlas.com/automotive/multi-story-8x8-off-road-motorhome/">describes</a> as "apocalypse-grade" and ranks among the <a href="https://slrvexpedition.com.au/lift-off-commander-8x8-2-storey-lift-up/">largest</a> expedition vehicles in the world.&nbsp;</p><p>As of January 2021, the family is still traveling in the RV, though their travels are subject to restrictions due to COVID-19. Currently, each of Australia's states and territories has its own set of <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-domestic-travel-restrictions-and-remote-area-access">regulations</a> for interstate travelers including closing borders and imposing mandatory quaratines.</p><p>Take a look inside.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.insider.com/vanlife-couple-turns-vintage-airstreams-into-tiny-homes-on-wheels-2020-10" >A husband and wife in the Hudson Valley convert vintage Airstreams into tiny homes that they sell for $100,000 and name after famous women</a></strong></p><p><strong>NOW READ:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.insider.com/plan-b-tour-socially-distanced-survivalist-bunker-home-of-future-2020-11" >Inside 'Underground House Plan B,' a socially distanced, survivalist bunker home that you'd want to live in even if the world doesn't come to an end</a></strong></p><h3>An Australian family of 8 commissioned an 8-wheel, double-decker luxury camper to explore Australia's most remote regions.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5df01458fd9db260307bb1f2-400-300/an-australian-family-of-8-commissioned-an-8-wheel-double-decker-luxury-camper-to-explore-australias-most-remote-regions.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://slrvexpedition.com.au/">SLRV</a>, the country's leading expedition vehicle producer, designed the vehicle.&nbsp;</p><p>The family wanted to be able to travel around Australia for months on end, SLRV cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.</p></p><br/><br/><h3>Dubbed the Commander 8x8, the vehicle is built on a military-grade MAN TGS truck base.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5df006abfd9db24eed1c4d45-400-300/dubbed-the-commander-8x8-the-vehicle-is-built-on-a-military-grade-man-tgs-truck-base.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="https://slrvexpedition.com.au/products/commander-8x8/">Commander 8x8</a> is SLRV's largest build to date, and one of the <a href="https://slrvexpedition.com.au/lift-off-commander-8x8-2-storey-lift-up/">largest expedition RVs in the world</a>. SLRV also produces an array of 4-wheeler expedition vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>"People want to take the road less traveled; they want to see real natural beauty," Boswerger told Business Insider. "You can't see that by driving around on sealed roads. People want to do this in a degree of comfort &mdash; and that's what vehicles like ours provide."</p></p><br/><br/><h3>The camper's defining feature is its 6.5-foot roof lift. Activated with the push of a button on an LCD screen, it transforms the RV from one story to two.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5df124e5fd9db23d876e4d73-400-300/the-campers-defining-feature-is-its-65-foot-roof-lift-activated-with-the-push-of-a-button-on-an-lcd-screen-it-transforms-the-rv-from-one-story-to-two.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The camper also boasts a state-of-the-art electric system comprised of lithium batteries charged by a solar panel system as well as a diesel backup generator and alternator.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5df126b7fd9db268fb2b6ad3-400-300/the-camper-also-boasts-a-state-of-the-art-electric-system-comprised-of-lithium-batteries-charged-by-a-solar-panel-system-as-well-as-a-diesel-backup-generator-and-alternator.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 9.5kVA alternator is a "world first" in an RV, according to Boswerger.<br /><br />"We had to design an electrical system that not only powered all the appliances &mdash; it had to recharge and keep powering over and over out in the remote wilderness," he said in a release.</p><p>The camper's walls are close to 5 inches thick in sections, providing "fantastic insulation," Boswerger told Business Insider. "All this allows you to stay out in Australia's remote."</p></p><br/><br/><h3>No inch of space is underutilized. Case in point: A washer unit and sink are accessed from the camper's exterior.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5df006cafd9db24eed1c4d4f-400-300/no-inch-of-space-is-underutilized-case-in-point-a-washer-unit-and-sink-are-accessed-from-the-campers-exterior.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SLRV did not disclose the price of the camper, but previously estimated that the price would fall between $1 and $2 million Australian, or between $670,000 and $1.37 million US, Caravan Camping Sales <a href="https://www.caravancampingsales.com.au/editorial/details/australias-most-expensive-motorhome-119093/">reported</a>.</p></p><br/><br/><h3>SLRV designed the camper to have all of the comforts of home, including ducted air conditioning and heating.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df006e9fd9db24f260ccb48-400-300/slrv-designed-the-camper-to-have-all-of-the-comforts-of-home-including-ducted-air-conditioning-and-heating.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The first floor includes a lounge area that can seat up to 10 people ...</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5df0070afd9db24f503f8ee4-400-300/the-first-floor-includes-a-lounge-area-that-can-seat-up-to-10-people-.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>... as well as a fully functional kitchen with a double burner stovetop, two microwave ovens, and two fridges.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5df125affd9db2554416edb2-400-300/-as-well-as-a-fully-functional-kitchen-with-a-double-burner-stovetop-two-microwave-ovens-and-two-fridges.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Past the kitchen is the master bedroom ...</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df131fafd9db27bff566a85-400-300/past-the-kitchen-is-the-master-bedroom-.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>... as well as the bathroom and shower. The camper can hold up to 264 gallons of water for travel to remote areas.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df13949fd9db20917491362-400-300/-as-well-as-the-bathroom-and-shower-the-camper-can-hold-up-to-264-gallons-of-water-for-travel-to-remote-areas.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>To accommodate additional guests, the lounge can also be converted into a bedroom.</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5df00722fd9db24f70388976-400-300/to-accommodate-additional-guests-the-lounge-can-also-be-converted-into-a-bedroom.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Between the dinette and kitchen, floating stairs lead up to the second level ...</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df1475cfd9db274367f2fc2-400-300/between-the-dinette-and-kitchen-floating-stairs-lead-up-to-the-second-level-.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>... which has a TV and six single beds with reading lights and individual windows.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df00741fd9db22f103cbf55-400-300/-which-has-a-tv-and-six-single-beds-with-reading-lights-and-individual-windows.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>And there's plenty of storage for life on the road.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5df0075cfd9db24fba745a72-400-300/and-theres-plenty-of-storage-for-life-on-the-road.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Today's travelers are increasingly seeking meaningful, transformational experiences, and luxury RVs help them achieve that in style and comfort.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5df3b34ffd9db26c70339e55-400-300/todays-travelers-are-increasingly-seeking-meaningful-transformational-experiences-and-luxury-rvs-help-them-achieve-that-in-style-and-comfort.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>"Australians are quickly figuring out that these vehicles are the best way to spend an extended amount of time exploring remote Australia &mdash; and the rest of the world," Boswerger told Business Insider. "You can travel without a timeline &mdash; go see all the places you don't get to see on a fly in fly out holiday or organized tour. It's a personalized experience where you, the traveler, take control of where you want to go."</p><p>Travelers have transitioned from seeking simply "authentic" experiences to seeking truly meaningful experiences, Business Insider's Katie Warren previously <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/transformational-travel-experiential-luxury-safari-trends-2019-8">reported</a>. According to the 2018 Global Wellness Summit's 2018 <a href="https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2018-global-wellness-trends/transformative-wellness-travel/">trends report</a>, this new type of travel "doesn't discard the focus on authentic experiences, but takes it to a deeper emotional level."</p><p>Business Insider's Taylor Borden similarly reported that <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-transformational-travel-is-impacting-the-luxury-sector-insignia-2019-11">millionaires and billionaires are increasingly eschewing "cookie cutter" trips.</a> Instead, they're favoring "transformational" and unexpected, never-been-done-before experiences, Borden found, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-transformational-travel-is-impacting-the-luxury-sector-insignia-2019-11">citing</a> the observations of luxury lifestyle management company Insignia President Richard Lewis. "Our clients like their stable hotels, like <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/luxury-hotel-chains-opening-5-private-residences-2019-9">the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton</a>, but what we're starting to see is that desire for an immersive experience," Lewis said.</p></p><br/><br/>
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