Solar-Powered Camper Provides Serious Off-Grid Luxury

Any time you mention the words “off grid,” people automatically assume there will be some degree of inconvenience. It’s as if we can’t imagine being comfortable in a world without access to unlimited electricity and indoor plumbing. Camping, while a delightful change of pace from our urban lives, is one activity that’s impossible to do indoors. As such, we agree to “rough it” in exchange for fresh air and wide open spaces.

For some recreational vehicles (RVs) allow for adventures off the beaten path without sleeping on the ground. Unless you’re plugged up in an RV park, however, most of the gadgets and gizmos probably won’t work for long. Unless of course, you have an RV that’s designed to create it’s own power, like the newest offering from Tiger Adventure Vehicles.

siberian-tiger-RV-1

Image via Tiger Adventure Vehicles

The Siberian Tiger is fierce in every sense of the word. Designed for full-on off-road adventures, the camper is built on the back of a Ford F450 Crew Cab with the diesel powerstroke engine. Built entirely of aluminum, it features insulation in all exterior cavities so you can hit the open road in the dead of winter without fear of frozen water tanks.

siberian-tiger-RV-2

Image via Tiger Adventure Vehicles

Once inside, the beauty of the Siberian Tiger really starts to show. All cabinetry is made of VOC-free bamboo that is mounted in aluminum framing, which is integrated into the structure of the body itself. The floor, ceiling, and walls have a minimum two inch cavity, which is filled with a denim-based, VOC-free insulation. Exterior LEDs light your mobile campsite, while inside recessed LED reading lights turn the king-size bed area into a comfortable lounge. Although primary power comes from AGM batteries with 300 amp hours, every Siberian Tiger features a 200-watt roof-top solar system to keep them charged during off-grid adventures.

If you’re not ready to go “camping” after reading all that, you better check your pulse. Although your heart’s liable to stop short when it sees the $163,000 price tag. Not interested in spending your life savings on a rolling house? Check out this $90 Prius tent instead.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

  • Pfiddle

    Silly money no matter how one looks at it. However my experience is that a nights accommodation in America is the equivalent of a week in Europe so perhaps that’s the catch. We plan to buy a camper in October and expect to spend no more than €20k or about $23k for a 5yr old model – that will hold it’s value -7% perhaps over 2-3 yrs.
    BTW we run an award (eco & food) winning accommodation with prices starting at $12- per night. It’s 3 star and is considered ‘cutting-edge’ by the Irish Tourist Board so Yes I do know what I’m talking about. I’ve been awarded a collage place for my ideas and work.
    Glenribbeen.