Based on the Isuzu FTS800 4x4 crew cab, this unit has plenty of seats up front, and plenty of beds in the rear!
What better way for a family or a group of people to tour, than in this extremely well laid out vehicle. With up to 7 seats in the front cab, and up to 7 berths in the rear, this vehicle has a wide range of applications. An electric bed over the club lounge provides a spacious area for sleeping, lounging and dining, while the mid section features bunks and a well equipped kitchen. The rear of the body has a large ensuite – with separate toilet, shower and vanity.
With loads of seating and sleeping, this interior is well laid out for family’s – or those who wish to bring a couple of guests / grandchildren along for the ride!
Lets take a look inside…………
SLRV vehicles can be fitted with an almost endless range of features and appliances, including induction cooktops, convection/microwave oven, water and room heater, washing machines, entertainment systems and more. The new under bench ‘side by side’ marine compressor fridge creates a huge amount of additional bench space and adds to the open feel. The central kitchen in the FTS800 crew has a large benchspace with plenty of drawers and pantry space.
The electric lift up bed configuration optimises available internal space by incorporating both the bed and large club lounge into one area. Conveniently located out of the way- towards the roof, the bed can be lowered to its sleeping position at the press of a button. The extra large lounge and dining area can accommodate for the additional ‘Crew’ or just create a relaxing lounging experience for two.
The spacious interior of the FTS800 Crew features two / three bunks beds for the kids or other guests. Bunks are fitted in conjunction with the electric lift up bed over the lounge, which gives ample dining room for everyone.
The FTS800 Crew features a luxurious ‘full ensuite’ with separate shower, toilet and vanity unit. Generous storage cupboards are situated above the vanity and in the shower. A Dometic front load washing machine can be optioned and fitted neatly behind a cupboard door.
An Expedition Vehicle by definition, should not only reach remote locations. it must allow its occupants to stay for extended periods. To do this, the vehicle must incorporate a power system that verges on self-sufficiency. Let’s have a look at how the SLRV FTS800 incorporates cutting-edge design and the latest technology to do just that.
SLRV are proud partners with Mastervolt – the world leaders in Lithium battery systems. The MLI Ultra series is designed to enjoy all the best properties of Lithium Ion technology in the harshest conditions. These high-performance batteries are ideal for running heavy loads for long periods and short charge times. The battery actually communicates with the charging system, ensuring safety and performance is maximised at all times. With up to 70% saving in space and weight, these are the ideal choice for any expedition vehicle.
Multiple charging sources are crucial for any expedition vehicles power system. Solar cells play an important role in keeping your system charged when no other source is available. A good array of panels will, in fact, keep the basic appliances in the FTS800 running self sufficiently – given a decent ray of sunshine.
Charging your house batteries from your truck is done via the alternator and a DC DC charger. The amount of charging time available depends a lot on your style of touring. Some move camp every day, while others spend weeks at any particular location. Therefore it is vital to make the most of the available charge time while on the move. The SLRV electrical team have developed a system that can give up to a 100 amp charge. This can charge a Mastervolt lithium battery system from flat to full in as little as 4 hours.
All SLRV vehicles utilise diesel powered hot water and heater systems. These are extremely efficient and are plumbed into the trucks diesel tank. The heater works brilliantly – and the water system can supply constant hot water for your needs.
Water is undoubtedly our most precious commodity when remote touring. An Expedition Vehicle must not only hold ample water for its passengers, it has to aid in the conservation of water. This, in turn, allows you to remain out in the wilderness for longer. The SLRV team have designed a system that will do just that. Let’s have a look how it works!
To store and conserve water, the SLRV system incorporates multiple tanks – arranged in series of separate ‘cells’. By doing this, various quality water can be stored in separate tanks and accessed for specific uses – ultimately enabling you to conserve your water. This intelligent system allows you to select which tank you wish to fill by the press of a switch. Similarly, inside the vehicle, you can select which tank you want to draw from. Depending on configuration, the FTS800 holds approx 500 litres of water – suitable for long-term remote travel
Ensuring you always have a safe source of drinking water is vital. SLRV have a dedicated and totally independent drinking water system – with its own filler, tank, pump, filtration system and mixer outlet. This ensures your quality drinking water remains just that – and is ultimately conserved for extended isolated travel.
All SLRV water systems incorporate a city water entry – bypassing your tanks and allowing you to connect to the mains water supply whenever available. Pressure fillers used in the SLRV system also provide added security to your water supply.
Staying out in the wilderness for longer is the name of the game. With water tanks set up in separate cells, it is possible to isolate and store water from various sources such as creeks, dams or rivers. This can be pumped into a dedicated tank using the ‘Thirsty Boy’ – and used for tasks including showering or doing a washing cycle. The Thirsty Boy can also be used on the ‘city water entry’ circuit – bypassing tanks altogether. The Thirsty Boy comes in its own ‘tough case’ with an internal pump and power supply for complete mobility. Just hook up your water hoses and away you go.
The SLRV FTS800 is constructed using premium materials and components. A 3 point torsion free chassis and infused composite fibreglass panelling are utilised for the ultimate function and build quality. Interior cabinetry is made to the highest standards. Have a look at what’s involved.
SLRV use the latest SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to continually develop and evaluate vehicle design. This manufacturing specific software also allows the SLRV design team to develop customised solutions for specific customer requirements. A wide variety of steel and aluminium components are then CNC cut and folded for continual accuracy and quality.
The torsional ‘twist’ of the Isuzu truck chassis in extreme conditions, requires the body to be mounted using a special 3 point torsion free mounting system. This allows the body and truck chassis to twist independently – removing transfer of these forces into the motorhome body. This also increases off-road performance by allowing the wheels to remain in contact with the ground.
30mm composite fibreglass panels are used in the construction of the FTS800 body – for ultimate strength and cold bridge free insulation. Unlike inferior hot glued panels, SLRV panels are fully infused, which means they are manufactured under vacuum – injecting the perfect amount of resin into the fibreglass. The premium closed cell, self-extinguishing core material has a series of holes, allowing the resin to flow thru and connect the inside and outside fibreglass layers. This prevents de-lamination and adds to the overall strength of the panel.
All wiring throughout the SLRV FTS800 is run in conduit for protection against wear and shorting. In fact, every electrical device has its own wiring, in conduit, the entire way back to the main circuit breaker.
SLRV joinery is constructed using the highest quality materials, fixtures and fittings – and is specifically constructed for rugged off-road travel. Cabinet carcass’ are constructed from an ultralight, waterproof and fire retardant plastic material, giving high strength and durability. Cupboard and drawer fronts are finished in a high-quality ABS plastic and are complemented by soft close drawer runners and Blum overhead stays. SLRV heavy duty compression latches are used throughout.
SLRV manufacture its own range of aluminium and composite panel hatch’s. Unlike mass-produced hatch’s, they are dust and waterproof do not degrade in the sun. Composite door panels open with gas strut assist and LED lights automatically turn on inside the hatch area.
The Isuzu FTS800 (or 139-240 as it is now referred to) is an exceptional off-road truck straight out of the factory. SLRV improve upon the vehicles expedition credentials by doing some subtle but necessary modifications. Let’s have a look at whats involved
Super single wheel and tyre combinations offer a greater footprint for improved off-road capability. The front and rear have the same track, allowing the rear to follow the compacted track of the front wheels. The larger diameter offers greater ground clearance for the vehicle and wheels can be rotated to extend the life of the tyre.
The FTS800 factory suspension is already very suitable for its intended purpose. SLRV simply add a shock absorber to the rear for increased performance and the job is done. Time to hit the ‘off’ road.
The standard steel 200L factory diesel tank is replaced with a 400L aluminium model for extended range.
A standard feature on the SLRV FTS800 is the SLRV 139-240 Expedition Roof Rack. It features a massive area for storage, tie down bars, windscreen scrub bars, spotlight mounts and an access ladder. There is also an optional roof rack box available for additional storage.
Optional accessories for the front of the Isuzu FTS800 139-240 include an alloy winch bar and electric winch. A range of Narva LED spotlights and bars are also available to suit.
SLRV can supply and fit a rear winch bar / tow bar, with electric winch for rear recovery.
This Isuzu truck has a factory fitted air system on board. SLRV can use a take-off point to supply air fittings for tyre inflation and air tool usage.
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