With the Overland Expo West coming up shortly in Flagstaff, AZ, we decided to take another look at the world of Extreme off-road RVing. This week we join Jeff Johnston as he pays a visit to the company that builds those wild EarthCruisers.
Many RVer’s love ‘boon-docking’ for a week or more but where you go boon-docking is dependent on your RV and its capabilities. By the way, for non-RVers, boon-docking is a term used for getting off the road and camping away from civilization and enjoying mother nature. Of course most RVs will let you get off the road a bit in some places but, if you are really looking at getting way off the road and doing some adventure RVing you’ll need a vehicle built specifically for that.
The EarthCruiser is an RV designed exclusively for Extreme RVing. Originally designed and built in Australia, Gillies moved his operation to Bend, Oregon a few years ago in order to service the fast growing U.S. market. Needless to say, that market demand continues to grow and the Overland Expo West is sure to be an exciting event! With three models to choose from including a truck camper model, Earth Cruiser is poised to help set the pace in Extreme RVing.
Jeff got to tour the facility and chat with Lance Gillies, founder and CEO of the company. He learns all about the EarthCruiser and sees just what goes into building these rugged off-road adventure vehicles. Jeff also got a chance to take one out for an honest to goodness test run in and around the surrounding countryside. Just think how cool it would be to pull up to your local grocery store or convenience store in one of these….
When you think about it, your RV has quite a few rubber moldings and seals and most of us don’t even think about them until, one of them starts leaking, then it’s a ‘holy cow got to get it fixed' moment.
Now you have to find a new seal either at an RV dealer or parts house (if they have one to match), or know that there is a better option. Visit www.rv.steelerubber.com and your problem will be solved.
Steele Rubber Products, located in Denver, North Carolina, has been making high quality replacement rubber seals and weather stripping for hot rods, vintage and classic cars since 1958.
Now, Steele Rubber is offering the same high quality, ‘Made In America’, replacement rubber parts and service to RVers everywhere.
We paid a visit to Steele’s facility to find out for ourselves what goes into building today’s modern rubber parts. And the first thing we learned was that so called 'rubber' parts are no longer made of rubber.
Today's rubber parts are made of high tech ingredients that last longer, perform better and ‘when it comes to Steele Rubber products’, can be installed relatively easy.
Check out this week’s feature story and see what goes into making today’s rubber seals.. and learn what salt has to do with the production process at Steele.