Introducing our new steed...."Little Henrietta". Your first real look at all she has to offer both inside and out....and just how beautiful she is!
At the end of October 2016 we said goodbye to Big Henry... with a few tears in our eyes we have to admit... but also knowing that we were moving on to a new "roaming" vehicle and really excited about the prospect of having this vehicle tailored more for where we were planning to travel in the future. Big Henry wasthe most fantastic ride...but in places where we were planning to visit he presented a challenge in being too tall, too long and too heavy.
We had spent some considerable time discussing and researching our options before finally making our decision as to what combination would best work for us, as we look towards travelling into Central and South America.
Our XPCamper VE1 #47 (now more affectionately renamed to "Little Henrietta") is as our Earthroamer LTS vehicle before a bespoke built and designed expedition vehicle. The major differences being she is much lighter, shorter by some 6 feet, lower when closed down by almost 3 feet, has a pop up roof and is far more economical and manouverable. Indeed it was this last factor that was the major reason for our selection of the XPCamper as it would give us all the creature comforts we still required but in a package that overall would take us to more challenging places to reach. Little Henrietta was planned to be completed for our return to USA at end of April 2017, but due to several unforseen circumstances this did not go anywhere near according to plan and so in fact it was not until May 2018 that we eventually took delivery and ownership.
For a more detailed overview of the camper you can visit the website: www.xpcamper.com ....this is just a brief outline of what she has to offer:
Like most adventure/overland/expedition vehicles you have a choice of the base chassis on which you want to build. We decided to continue with Ford...this time an F350 Lariat. Partly this was due to the fact we had really appreciated the F550 we had on our Big Henry and also we felt servicabilty in Central and South America where the F trucks are more popular than some, would be a definite advantage.
Little Henrietta being deliverd to XP Camper as a stock Ford F350 Xtra Cab Lariat...
Being prepared for fitting of new tray...and upgraded suspension.
Body Construction - Monocoque foam core reinforced with carbon fiber, white gel coat.
Interior Finish - Mahogany wood trim, vinyl marine teak and ebony floor with real teak trim, cabinet hardware push button, positive locking hardware, easy to clean marine grade headliner with storage pockets.
Kitchen - Countertop fiberglass with water catch in black - faucet single handle mixer with ceramic valve - hands free electric operated water delivery system and stainless steel flush mounted sink. Two way fan over galley - Webasto dual plate induction cooktop - overhead storage cabinet with built in undermount led lighting strip. Dometic Fridge 4.3 cu.ltr. & microwave.
Main Cabin - dinette seating with hi density comfort foam and sunbrella fabric - table with telescopic drop down to convert to extra bed - marine hardware for all hinges and latches - 3 heat outlets from Webasto heater - led lights - magnetised bug screen for entry door.
Bathroom - Thetford cassette toilet - shower in stainless steel with ceramic valve - retractable clothing line and teak floor grate.
Bed Area - under bed storage system with custom storage bags - goosneck led reading light - high grade foam mattress with sunbrella fabric - storage pockets above the bed.
Windows - Dometic with built in shades and mosquito netting - large skylight in bed area giving access to roof area.
Water System - Webasto diesel hot water and air system - 75 gallon fresh water tank with 3M ceramic water filtration system - water gauges to monitor tanks - all marine grade hoses with stainless steel clamps - stainless steel outside shower.
Electrical System - 3 x 200 watt solar panels with 30 amp controller - 4 x 300AH AGM 6V batteries - marine grade wiring - marine breaker from Blue Sea Systems - 2000watt pure sine inverter - 30amp SmartPlug inlet. Electric lift system with maunual overide and remote control. In addition we have numerous storage boxes both inside and outside the vehicle.
All of the above adds up to a vehicle that is set up and ready to operate off grid for long periods... only needing diesel fuel and of course food to keep away from civilisation... we even have the facility to pull water from rivers or streams and purify via our 3M filtration system... as some of our American friends remark..."a true zombie apocalypse chariot"!
Marc Wassman the owner of XPCamper was a real delight to work with, being very passionate about his product and keen to give advice and solutions for our needs. The team at XP were brilliant in getting our vehicle detailed and prepared. Now we look forward to our travels in Little Henrietta for the next few years...she will be our new home away from home as we continue to roam The Americas and beyond.
Where she is supposed to be...Little Henrietta off road and remote!
Little Henrietta - our wonderful expedition vehicle and off road home.