Explore the tightest bush tracks in this compact, solid pop top unit.
For those who wish to access those tight, overgrown tracks… this is what you’ve been looking for. And unlike conventional soft pop top units, this vehicle’s solid pop top construction provides both security, insulation, and the comforts of a proper motorhome fitout.
Based on the ever-reliable Isuzu NPS 300 4×4 (75 155), this modified vehicle has some serious off-road credentials. With a 3 point torsion free mounting system and composite fibreglass construction, this vehicle will take you worldwide.
SLRV’s continual development into power and water systems make this an almost self-sufficient free camping vehicle – one of the most highly advanced on the market. It can be easily shipped around the globe via container or roll on roll off shipping.
The solid sided pop top construction of the SLRV Bushman creates a ‘full height’ motorhome feel, with luxurious layouts available – similar to those in the SLRV Adventurer model. Gone are the uninsulated, insecure interiors created by conventional canvas pop tops. This solid body allows for a variety of luxurious fitouts, with a secure and fully insulated body.
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 a sleeping position at the press of a button.
If you prefer a separate fixed bed, the Bushman can be configured with an East-West bed. This allows for a separate dinette /lounge configuration as found in the Adventurer.
East-West bed configurations have a spacious, full height combination shower and toilet module. With the additional space created from the electric lift up bed, the Adventurer can also include a ‘full ensuite’ – with separate shower, toilet and vanity.
No matter what your interior style is, SLRV have you covered. With a range of interior finishes including:
You’re sure to find a style that makes you feel right at home.
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 SLRV 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 Bushman running self sufficiently – given a decent ray of sunshine.
With a high-end Mastervolt Lithium battery system and a good set of solar panels, a generator is not regularly required. It does, however, provide a valuable backup source for charging the batteries during an extended period of overcast or rainy weather. It even comes in handy for running certain appliances – including your air conditioner. Generators can range anywhere from a small Honda 2.0i to a large built-in Diesel unit.
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.
Another way of utilising available power sources is to incorporate diesel appliances. Units such as cooktops, water heaters, room heaters and even diesel-powered ovens can provide a very efficient source of heat for cooking and comfort.
We have nothing to lose and a world to see
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.
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.
Additional water filtration, purification and reverse osmosis systems can be custom fitted to your SLRV water system. Reverse Osmosis is the ultimate filtration method, separating water molecules to produce pure water and wastewater, which contains all the eliminated contaminants.
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 Bushman is constructed using the latest in composite technology and sits on a specially engineered 3 point torsion free chassis. The body features an internal and external ‘solid pop top’ body, which extends and retracts at the press of a button. In its travelling position, the low profile is perfect for navigating overgrown bush tracks, while its ‘lifted’ camping position provides all the benefits of a full height motorhome.
The advantages of a ‘solid pop top body’ are obvious. Insulation, Security and a proper motorhome fitout.
Let’s Take a look at how its done.
The SLRV Bushman is constructed on a 3 point torsion free chassis, allowing the ladder frame truck chassis and motorhome body twist independently of each other. This removes forces from the body and allows the wheels to be in contact with the ground more often – greatly enhancing off-road performance.
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.
35mm composite fibreglass panels are used in the construction of the Bushman’s 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 Bushman 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 hatch’s. Unlike mass-produced hatch’s, they are dust and waterproof do not degrade in the sun. 35mm composite door panels open with gas strut assist and LED lights automatically turn on inside the hatch area.
The SLRV Bushman is based on the Isuzu NPS 75 155 4×4 cab chassis (formerly NPS 300 4×4). Note: The same ‘pop top’ format can also be constructed on a range of other truck platforms. Isuzu trucks have a proven track record when it comes to reliability – and are regularly used in rural fire brigades and electrical services for this reason. With a few basic modifications, this truck becomes one seriously capable 4×4 vehicle. Check out the specs and mods.
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.
In 2018 SLRV will have the worlds first full diff lock for the Isuzu NPS300 / 75-155 4×4 truck. The locker is available for the rear diff, while a front ‘no spin’ diff is also available for the front.
SLRV’s suspension upgrade provides a number of benefits specific to this kind of vehicle. Upgrades include:
The standard steel 140L factory diesel tank is replaced with a 285L aluminium model, extending the range of the Bushman dramatically.
A standard feature on the SLRV Bushman is the Bozcrome NPS 75 155 Expedition ‘Low Profile’ Roof Rack. It features a massive area for storage, tie down bars, windscreen scrub bars, spotlight mounts and an access ladder.
Optional accessories for the front of the Isuzu NPS 155 75 include a Bozcrome winch bar, bash guard and a Warn 15,000lb electric winch.
Designed to house the Warn 15,000 electric winch, this option can get you back out of a tricky situation where there is no option of going forward.
The SLRV Adventurer can be fitted with an optional Compressed Air System – very hand for tyre inflation and air tool operation. The compressor unit runs off the vehicle’s engine and is fitted with a holding tank, regulator and air hose outlets.
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