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The Siberian Tiger: A camper that snarls on the outside and purrs on the inside

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June 11, 2012

The interior is defined by bamboo and Corian

The interior is defined by bamboo and Corian

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The felidae family is perhaps the most multi-personalitied family in the entire animal kingdom. It spans everything from huge, predatory beasts that would sooner tear you apart limb by limb, sinew by sinew than look at you, to tiny, amicable (although somewhat aloof and self-serving) pets that wander gracefully around home and yard. We think that might be why Tiger Adventure Vehicles chose its name. As its latest vehicle the Siberian Tiger shows, Tiger's line of campers has two distinct, equally strong personalities: hardened and fearsome on the outside but gentle and welcoming on the inside.

The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world, so Tiger Adventures chose to use the name for its largest, most expensive Tiger camper model. Like its namesake, the camper is deceivingly beautiful and graceful from certain angles, but it won't hesitate to lunge and claw when necessary.

The Siberian is based on the Ford F450 Crew Cab

Tiger Adventure says that the Siberian is designed for full-on off-road adventures as well as standard road trips. It mounts atop the back of the Ford F450 Crew Cab, which Tiger says comes standard with four-wheel drive, skid plates and upgraded shocks. The camper uses a three-point mounting system crafted to eliminate the transfer of torsional stresses from the truck's chassis.

Though it may be rough and ready on the outside, the Siberian provides a level of interior refinement and comfort that could make Bentley rubberneck. The minute you open the door, you're greeted with a sophisticated blend of aluminum framing, bamboo flooring and furniture, and Corian counter space. The kitchen area includes a stainless steel sink, three-burner recessed stove, convection microwave, refrigerator and freezer. The bathroom has a porcelain toilet, full-length mirror, bamboo vanity, exhaust fan and separate shower area.

In terms of sleeping, a modified king bed made from memory foam is located in the sleeping compartment above the truck cabin. The bench seating in the dining area folds into a double bed to accommodate two more. A skylight in the upper sleeping area provides ventilation and a view out to the starry night overhead, and conveniences like LED reading lights and bedside storage shelves complete the package. The television's multi-directional arm allows for for both cabin and bed viewing.

The upper sleep area has a king-sized bed, skylight and swivel-mount television

A combination of air conditioning, furnace, hot water heater and 45-gallon (170-liter) fresh water tank brings the comforts of home on the road. Primary power comes from AGM batteries with 300 amp hours, and a 200-watt solar system keeps them charged. A Cummins generator runs more power-heavy equipment like the air conditioner and microwave. Other standard interior equipment includes an audio system, pass-through to the truck cabin and wardrobe closet. Options like leather bench seating and Wineguard satellite TV system up the comfort level even further.

As the interior purrs with bamboo surfaces and cozy furnishings, the Siberian's exterior equipment keeps it sharp and ready to react to its surroundings. Exterior LEDs light your mobile campsite; a back-up camera lets you maneuver safely; and a 24 cu ft (680 liter) external storage locker keeps tools and other gear safe and out of the way.

The Siberian Tiger can be purchased with both the 6.8-liter V-10 gas and the 6.7-liter V-8 Turbo Diesel 450 Crew Cab models. It is available for order now, and prices start at US$163,000, including the cost of the truck.

Source: Tiger Adventure Vehicles

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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i'm surprised and disappointed that its not a dually. but my god i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gabriel Grove
12th June, 2012 @ 12:35 pm PDT

Actually, you DON'T want duallies on a vehicle like this. When traveling off-road, rocks can easily get stuck between the dual rear tires and potentially damage the sidewalls, or worse, be thrown out and damage the underside of the truck or a trailing vehicle when you get back out on the road. In fact, the base truck upon which the Siberian Tiger is built begins life as a dually and is converted back to a SRW at the factory.

zavijava
12th June, 2012 @ 03:57 pm PDT

It is a Toy if you compare to UNICAT or Global Expedition Vehicles.

Daniel Estima Bandeira
13th June, 2012 @ 05:23 am PDT

7-8 MPG and 65 gal available if generator is not run, range is going to be only 455 miles - not bad but not great.

Concept needs more work to increase solar panel output which is only adequate for bright sunny days in moderate latitudes, and greater fuel capacity - at least another 30 gallons. It is half generator and half solar and if I bought one I would want it 100% solar and double the solar panel output and double the battery bank to store it.

It is overpriced at $175K. Or for $55K one can buy a F-450 diesel truck and add an Arctic Fox camper 1140 with as much room as the Siberia for a cost of $40K. Hard to see that a walk-through to the cab and the Cummins diesel and the solar justifies the additional $80 cost of the Tiger camper. Also resale value will fall faster with the Tiger camper.

Calson
13th June, 2012 @ 04:46 pm PDT

The wheel base is too long for serious off road use! Thats what happens when you take a normal road going production vehicle and try and turn it into something else,typical botchjob for those with more money than sense.

dgate
17th June, 2012 @ 12:13 pm PDT

Thats all you need to live. Its a minimalistic wet dream.

JBar
11th July, 2012 @ 08:14 am PDT

Looks nice and fairly useable with so little room, i just can't get past the price, waaaaaaay to expensive, considering you can buy a real nice trailer camper for 20-30k, and a brand new truck for 30-60k, seems like the price is double the cost, abit steep for something like this, its not like they are building the truck.

Nathaneal Blemings
10th October, 2012 @ 12:44 pm PDT

You are all missing the point.

- A trailer and a truck can't go to the same places where this vehicle can go

- A UniCAT or GXV is 30-75% MORE expensive

- An Artic Fox shell doesn't have a separate shower and oven and fridge and stove and a king bed and a TV and a generator.

Expensive? Yeah...but comparable to other Class C RVs with this level of luxury PLUS its a 4x4. Hard to find something you can take miles off road and still have this level of comfort.

Its a niche vehicle, but it you want to go way off road (think camping on the beach halfway down Baja or deep down a fire-road in the Sierras) and your not roughing it, this is a pretty nice option.

George Branch
17th November, 2012 @ 07:34 am PST
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