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.
The FTS800 Crew Cab is available with a spacious 5.5m or 6m internal living space. All models feature an enclosed rear garage, available in various lengths, to store larger items including spare tyre, table and chairs, mountain bikes (qty varies) – and even a motorcycle in the 1m garage option. All garages feature a loading system so you don’t have to do the hard lifting!
No matter the size, all SLRV interiors make the most of the available space. Intelligent designs create an open feel, while highest quality materials and appointments provide the right amount of luxury to keep you comfortable in the wilderness for longer.
Lets take a look inside…………
SLRV vehicles can be fitted with an almost endless range of features and appliances, including:
These features are incorporated into the interior space with careful consideration – creating an extremely spacious and comfortable atmosphere.
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.
Available in a family floorplan, this configuration 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.
Floorplan configurations A and B of the FTS800 feature a luxurious ‘full ensuite’ with separate shower, toilet and vanity unit. This area provides a generous amount of storage and is complimented by a solid surface benchtop with integrated sink.
Lets face it, space comes at a premium in any Expedition Vehicle or RV. Where required, a combined shower toilet unit provides a compact ‘all in one’ solution for a fully functioning bathroom. The FTS800 Crew Cab configuration C (Family floorplan) features just that, leaving plenty of room for beds, kitchen and lounge area.
An Expedition Vehicle by definition, should not only reach remote locations, but it must also allow its occupants to stay for extended periods. To do this, the vehicle must incorporate a power system that verges on self-sufficiency. This power cycle can be split into 3 main stages:
Let’s have a look at how the SLRV Commander combines 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 communicates with the charging system via the MasterBus network, 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.
All SLRV vehicles are equipped with a 400Ah lithium battery as standard – and can be optioned with 800Ah or 1200Ah systems (depending on the vehicle). The larger systems generally provide the power capacity required to run 110/240v household appliances and air conditioning, off grid, for longer periods of time. This in turn, is one of the key elements that allows SLRV vehicles to be equipped with the many ‘comforts of home’.
Much of SLRV’s power is supplied as 12V or 24V – and operates a majority of systems including LED lighting, refrigerators and freezers, pumps & plumbing, various appliances and monitoring systems.
Other appliances that we take for granted in our homes, such as induction cooktop, oven/microwave, washer/dryer, electric BBQ and air conditioner to name a few, require 110/240V power to operate. To convert 12V battery power into usable 110/240V energy for these appliances, an inverter is required. SLRV vehicles are all equipped as standard, with a 3500W Mastervolt unit. This is suitable to run one to two appliances at a time. If you require additional power, SLRV’s larger systems include 2 inverters, giving a total of 7000W!
For your convenience, all SLRV vehicles feature multiple internal and external charging sockets, including:
When you are connected to the power grid, charging is done via the Mastervolt 100A battery charger. This system can be configured to accept both 110V and 240V power sources – so you can charge your battery system anywhere in the world.
By far the best source of battery charging is SLRV’s Secondary Alternator system. This unit can provide up to 2.5kW charge while driving and even charge while at idle. This makes it an ideal source of charge during remote travel. The second alternator is a key part of SLRV’s stage 2 and 3 electrical packages, providing large battery capacity, loads of inverter power and multiple highly efficient recharging systems. This means you can use more appliances….more often!
Multiple charging sources are crucial for any expedition vehicles power system. Solar cells play an essential role in keeping your system charged when no other source is available. A good array of panels will, in fact, keep the necessary appliances in the Commander running self sufficiently – given a decent ray of sunshine.
SLRV expedition vehicles utilise a series of highly energy efficient 200W panels. Systems range from 1.2kW to 1.6kW and are fitted standard on all vehicles.
Standard 400Ah lithium systems that don’t feature a secondary alternator, use a pair of Mastervolt DC-DC chargers to receive a 100A charge from the truck.
Under normal usage, with a high-end SLRV electrical system, a generator is not regularly required. It does, however, provide a valuable backup source for charging during an extended period of overcast or rainy weather – or even when you’re camped up for an extended stay. Generators can range anywhere from a small Honda 2.0i to a large built-in Diesel unit.
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.
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.
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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