Bruder’s Mad Max-style camper is anything but mediocre

Hey, look — Mad Max went and got himself a “recreational vehicle!”

Seriously, if our favorite Australian apocalypse survivor wanted to get away for a quiet weekend in the Outback, the Bruder EXP-6 Expedition would be his camper of choice. It’s an astounding piece of engineering, designed as much for comfort and ease of use as it is for hardcore durability.

Its developers call it a “bespoke off-road expedition trailer,” but a better description for this RV from hell might be “overbuilt.” At 22 feet long, the EXP-6 provides a massive number of amenities while still keeping the package relatively lightweight at just 3,700 pounds.

The word Bruder means “brother” in German, and sibling developers Toby and Dan Bosschieter built the EXP-6 from the ground up to combine style with substance. Much like the Millennium Falcon, she’s got it where it counts, kid. For Bruder, that meant designing a trailer based on a laser-sighted 4mm galvanized chassis that can carry 11 times its own weight.

The pictures alone tell the tale of its ability to withstand harsh conditions. The chassis is sealed to be air-tight, which prevents water, mud, sand, and other grimy desert conditions from staining the interior or rusting any components. The Bosschieter brothers had firsthand experience with the terrain they needed to tackle, having spent their childhoods exploring remote regions of the Outback with their father. As they kept finessing their design, they evolved from the concept of using the trailer as a basecamp to designing it to tackle even the harshest terrain.

One of the key assets of the EXP-6 is its multi-link air suspension, which makes the ride as smooth as any RV in North America. The invention starts with rubber absorption mounts to soften the blows from potholes and rocks, and then relies on an internal compressor to control the system’s airbags. The intuitive system can be controlled by electronic, manual, or smartphone controls to change the ride height for clearance, compensate for diverse loads, or ease turbulence on rough terrain.

What about the inside? While the outside world might be a sandstorm or a running river, the inside of the EXP-6 is the lap of luxury. The back hatch opens completely, allowing for an evening cocktail while watching the sun set over the desert.

Bruder EXP-6

The vehicle also features a kitchen with a German Webasto diesel ceramic cooktop and an Engel refrigerator, a full bath with both indoor and outdoor showers, and a premium spring queen size bed flanked by two large windows. There’s also space to mount a television, which can be integrated into the vehicle’s on-board Bose sound system for maximum entertainment value. The water storage system holds 200 liters of water, while a 250-watt solar system helps augment climate control air-conditioning and a heater system to help occupants stay comfortable even in the most extreme conditions.

While the camper is ideal for romantic weekends or fishing trips, it can also accommodate families with sleeping space for up to six people. Beyond the main bed, the lounge area converts into a bunk bed for two, while an additional two beds can be mounted into the ceiling area. The company also offers the option of a zip-on rear room to attach to the rear of the EXP-6, kind of like Mark Watney’s “bedroom” in Andy Weir’s novel The Martian.

Unlike complicated tents, the EXP-6 is also a snap to set up. Just press a single button and the EXP-6 raises the roof to your preprogrammed height, automatically opens the rear hatch, and sets the suspension to a safe and stable height.

The units are expected to start rolling out of the brothers’ Brisbane factory in early June, and Bruder already has deep order rolls stretching out more than five months. Each expedition camper is custom-built so prices vary but estimates start at AU $105,000 and rise based on premium options such as lithium batteries.

Don’t forget you’ll have to factor in a tow vehicle as well — Bruder uses Audi SUVs but says the camper will also cruise comfortably behind more traditional 4-wheel-drives from brands like Landcruiser.


Land Rover shows its artsy side by previewing the 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover made life-sized wire sculptures to preview the 2020 Range Rover Evoque. The all-new SUV will make its debut during a private event held in London on November 22, and deliveries will begin in 2019.

Tips for surviving the nuclear wasteland in 'Fallout 76'

Before running into nuclear wasteland with your Pip-Boy, take a moment to consider these Fallout 76 tips. From food and water to maintaining weapons and armor, here are the things all beginners should know.

Where are you going this weekend? These 5 off-road vehicles say 'anywhere'

The body-on-frame SUV is going extinct, but there are still several options for buyers looking to skip the asphalt. To help you sort the good from the bad, we've rounded up the best off-roaders currently available.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

The best sleeping bags to help you conquer the cold, no matter what season it is

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.

These headlights have 4 color settings to help save lives under all conditions

Boslla headlights are an easy-to-install solution to achieve all-weather lighting for your vehicle. After a quick ten-minute install, these lights have up to four settings to get you through anything.

Car parts maker ZF is using drones to deliver components to its factories

ZF recently became the first entity in Germany to receive approval to use drones to deliver spare parts, and the company now uses them to deliver parts from its central warehouses to its workshops.

The DBX SUV will go where no Aston Martin has gone before

When it launches in 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will be the British automaker's first SUV. In the meantime, camouflaged DBX prototypes will undergo strenuous testing around the world.

Ford teams up with Walmart to study consumer response to autonomous delivery

Last week it was Ford and VW, and this week Ford and Walmart are signaling a desire to work together on autonomous vehicles solutions. Ford and the giant retailer will study consumer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles.

Our favorite fuel-efficient cars are as frugal as they are fun

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup truck.

Out of juice? Learn how to jump-start a car with this quick guide

Jumping a car is a simple procedure, but not everyone knows how to properly do so. To make things easier, we've put together a quick-hit guide on how to fire up your vehicle using jumper cables and a second power source.

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.