Tuesday, June 6, 2023


Monster truck and RV combo takes off-road RVing to extreme

By James Raia
Earthroamer, Haw-Creek and Action Mobil are among numerous companies specializing in monster, off-road recreational vehicles. They’re touted as expedition vehicles that can go anywhere at nearly any time.

Marketing phrases such as “Conquer the World” and “Luxury Zombie Protection” sound impressive and the machines that the slogans promote are likely automotive wonderments.

A DIY project combines truck, RV and eight big wheels.
A DIY project combines a truck, RV and eight big wheels.

Who wouldn’t want to go anywhere at any time and go off-road deep into nowhere with a state-of-the-art RV that resembles a fortified city?

But even at the highest bespoke segment of the RV industry in which monster machines have monolithic proportions, some enthusiasts would rather approach the idea with a DIY project.

Homemade gargantuan RVs aren’t commonplace, but there’s a niche group within the niche industry that seems to thrive on bigger is better and outrageous is the norm.

The owner of this rig combined a Western R.V. with a pickup truck and positioned the contraption high off the ground on eight jumbo tires.

Further details are unknown, but the makeshift RV has one quality likely shared with few, if any, other RVs. If so inclined, the owner could leave the RV behind and take his truck to participate in monster truck competitions.

Or perhaps monster truck shows now also include a monster truck–RV division.

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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John M
2 years ago

Would be fun to watch how they load their pets. 50 lb German Shepard, Grate Dane, or St Bernard (LOL)

2 years ago

Good for parades but not much else.
Imagine backing that into a state camping ground space.
Watch the first step, it’s a dandy.

STEPHEN P Malochleb
2 years ago

How about the fuel economy. But then again if you can build something like this, money is no issue.

Glenn Clegg
2 years ago

Western RV is a dealership located in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. This combination is used as a promotional display.

Roy Ellithorpe
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenn Clegg

I was going to mention that Western RV was a dealership with a few locations in Alberta, because it sounded like the writer thought it was a make or model of RV.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Ellithorpe

Hi, Roy and Glenn. I just Googled “Western R.V. Country”, the dealership. Yep, their logo matches the one on the fifth wheel. So, you’re correct. Thanks! BTW — There used to be a Western RV company (Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.) that built fifth wheels, etc., for several decades beginning in the early 1970s. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

2 years ago

Monster RV looks interesting, I hope there are no bridges or low wires to go under! I also wouldn’t want to forget the height when coming out in the morning!

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