EarthCruiser Announces Partnership with Total Composites DIY Campers

The CORE Vehicles division of EarthCruiser just entered into a strategic partnership with Total Composites Ltd, a premium supplier of composite truck bodies for commercial truck and motor home builders that offers innovative, ready-to-assemble truck body kits. Total Composites’ products are developed specifically for road and off-road going vehicles in all climate zones and their thermal transfer-free construction allows for a no-compromise four-season camping experience.

Last August, EarthCruiser announced the formation of CORE Vehicles, a new business division focused on serving the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) overlanding crowd and commercial market needs. CORE Vehicles’ line of 4×4 truck chassis are also designed for a broad range of commercial applications, ranging from fire fighting, construction, law enforcement and DIY expedition truck builders.

“EarthCruiser has been known for creating customer-specific, turnkey overland vehicles, explained John Stafford, business development director for CORE Vehicles. “With CORE and Total Composites we are giving the consumer the opportunity to build their overland vehicle of their dreams. This partnership provides a virtual one-stop-shop for the overland DIY consumer who wants to create their own space and trust they’re working with a safe DOT legal chassis and best-in-class chassis-house combination that stands up to the rigors of overland life on the road. We have a storied proven chassis from Earth Cruiser combined with a solid state of the art house from Total Composites which provides the consumer with a best in class DIY solution.”

Popular with the DIY market, Total Composites has experienced significant demand for its flat-packed composite expedition truck body shells. It is a natural fit to marry the truck camper empty shell house with the CORE chassis to give customers the ultimate blank canvas to build their dream expedition vehicle. In fact, demand is so high that Total Composites is currently setting up several partner locations all over North America. These partner locations will assemble the units and outfit with windows and doors as per end users request. The interior will need to be outfitted by the customer. Several models are currently in development including a 6-foot model, an 8-foot model, and a mid-size model for the Jeep Wrangler. Pricing and final dimensions will be provided to Truck Camper Adventure shortly.

Cross-section of the Total Composites joint.

“This offering is perfect for adventurers looking to build an expedition truck on their own, but struggle in sourcing the chassis, camper body and most importantly the subframe,” said Andreas Schwall, Founder and CEO of Total Composites. “Total Composites offers the best ready-to-go kit. This arrangement makes it very easy for the customer to purchase the truck and camper at one location to simplify the process and most likely shave-off months on research and planning. Reduced shipping cost due to higher volume passes on huge savings due to standardized features (no need to generate new drawings and countless emails to get details right). The customer will also get the knowledge from two, well established companies who have known each other for years. The end result is a superior product with solid customer support with people that know the product in and out.

CORE Vehicles will stock Total Composite flat-packed bodies at EarthCruiser’s Bend, Oregon headquarters. This will allow faster turnaround times for customers who want a CORE chassis including a torsion free sub-frame, with either the flat packed body or assembled by CORE Vehicles. Accessories like windows, roof hatches, diesel heaters, water boilers and more can be directly ordered through Total Composites.

Pricing for the CORE chassis starts at just over $100,000 for a base model available in single and dual Cab.

Pricing for the flat packaged truck camper body starts at $14,919.00, which includes materials, a Tern Overland entry door and other fees for the standard 14-foot body size, but does not include shipping, assembly, additional work by CORE Vehicles.

Total Composites is currently putting together the first shipment to CORE and has room to add orders. If you have been contemplating getting on board, now is the time. You can save significantly in shipping by joining the first batch of Total Composite bodies going to Bend, Oregon.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator, he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top. - KK7TCA

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