Ford Bronco, Land Rover Defender soon ready for off-road mini-RVing

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James Raia
GehoCab has expanded its expertise in off-road motorhome conversion in the Volkswagen Amarok into a far larger market.

The German-based company has announced it’s reconfiguring its carbon-shelled, chassis-mount campers for installation in the Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco and other popular off-road SUVs.

The GoehCab is tbe latest leightweight mini-RV conversion.

The company’s goal is to create the lightest available off-road 4×4 campers.

Unlike typical bed-top and chassis-mount truck campers, GehoCab’s original Kora camper has a sleek, glossy carbon fiber construction. It has wide-stretched windows, flush integration with the base truck and color-matched paint.

Now, GehoCab is designing two 4×4 motorhome modules, the compact Fiete and the larger Findus.

The Fiete is compatible with the Land Rover and Bronco as well as the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz. The 13-foot-long smaller model will attach directly to the rear chassis.

GehoCab’s carbon construction results in a 1,014-pound camper with a full-time alcove bed, central dinette and compact rear kitchen block. There’s also a shower and toilet, and an optional conversion kit creates another bed from the dining bench.

Scheduled for launch in October, the Fiete has a starting price of $123,700, including the conversion but not the base SUV.

Standard equipment includes a frost-proof 90-liter freshwater tank, 100-watt solar panel, 100-Ah lithium battery, 29-liter compressor fridge and a luggage trunk across the departure angle-optimized lower rear-end.

The Findus, also expected to debut this fall, is the upsized model. It’s 15.4 feet long and accommodates a two- or four-sleeper layout. It’s more suited to the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Land Cruiser and extended-wheelbase Mercedes G-Class. It weighs 1,162 pounds.

Roomier and offering expandable design features, the Findus has a dual-bench L-shaped dinette. It can be optionally equipped to convert to a double bed to complement the alcove bed.

The Findus will include a standard a 150-liter frost-proof water tank, 300-watt solar charging, 160-Ah lithium battery, induction cooktop and a 55-liter compressor refrigerator. Prices start at $159,625.

For additional information, visit: www.gehocab.com.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Martin A
27 days ago

I wonder how many of these target vehicles can actually carry the additional weight and passengers and needed cargo? Seems impractical and top heavy, possibly a rollover hazard.

Gordy
28 days ago

For a third of that you can have a nice class C or older MH, why throw away all that extra money? But then some have to have the newest and up to date no matter what the cost.

Tommy Molnar
28 days ago

Be sure to carry your ‘click-counter’ with you on your trips so you can keep track of how many of these you see on the road. Or, FORGET your ‘click-counter’ and STILL be able to keep track. {grin}.

Lee W
28 days ago

STARTING at 123K?!?!?! And it doesn’t even include the base SUV? Anyone who pays that needs their head examined. Will the company even be around in a year or two with prices like that? Take 100K off the starting price and that is what we live on a year. Whatever happened to value for money? This strikes me as pure snob appeal for those with cash to throw around. Such a sin when your neighbors are struggling to get by on $220 a month for food for two people. And you don’t even know it because you never see them because they cannot afford to go out or socialize or party. They stay indoors and hide. They don’t put up holiday decorations because they are painful reminders. They are part of the invisible poor.

Anyhow, sorry for sidetracking. Seeing things so overpriced like this just pushes my buttons. But it is still utterly ridiculous at that price. I hope that everyone who buys one of these also makes serious donations to help the less fortunate in this world.