Are you dreaming of going off the beaten path for days on end in comfort? These 4×4 RVs will get you just about anywhere with all the amenities of home. From camper vans to innovative overlanders to a robust Super C motorhome, you’ll be amazed at what stellar creations are out there. Buckle up and get ready to go off-road with all the conveniences on board. Let’s see how far a 4×4 RV can take you.
What Is A 4×4 RV?
A 4×4 vehicle, also known as four-wheel drive, means that the engine powers all four wheels evenly. This can help get the vehicle, or RV in this case, through challenging road conditions more easily. Getting through mud and snow or across rocks without a 4×4 RV is risky and likely to cause damage.
Pro Tip: With a 4×4 RV, you may be able to participate in a mode of travel called overlanding. Learn What Overlanding Is All About and Why People Do It – it might be right up your alley!
How Big Are 4×4 RVs?
They range in length and height. However, they typically sit on Mercedes Sprinter, Ford E-Van, Ford 550, Ram 5500, Chevy 5500, or bigger chassis. Therefore, a 21-foot camper van can be four-wheel drive, and a 35-foot Super C motorhome can also be a 4×4 RV.
Why Aren’t All RVs 4×4?
A 4×4 RV typically requires a larger budget than most people are willing to invest in an RV. Not to mention, you don’t really need a four-wheel drive rig if you spend most of your time at private campgrounds or RV parks. Generally, campers are looking for something under $100,000 for weekend road trips or vacations. A smaller percentage of people are gearing up for off-road adventures in RVs capable of extended off-grid camping.
If you’re on a budget but still want some 4×4 capabilities, one of your best options is to tow a trailer with a 4×4 vehicle. Some popular off-road options are Ember RV and Imperial Outdoors trailers. While these RVs are not technically four-wheel drive, they are built with off-roading in mind. And with the right tow vehicle, you’ll be able to reach more remote places than you would pulling a traditional travel trailer or fifth wheel.
Do You Need a 4×4 Motorhome?
Whether or not you need a 4×4 motorhome will depend on your travel plans.
If you plan on doing a lot of off-road driving or overlanding, a 4×4 motorhome may be a good choice for you. It can provide better traction and handling in rough terrain and allow you to access more remote locations. However, if you plan on mainly sticking to paved roads and established campgrounds, a 4×4 motorhome may not be necessary.
Ultimately, it’s important to consider your specific travel plans and budget before deciding on whether or not a 4×4 motorhome is right for you.
Pro Tip: Some RVs make for better adventure rigs than others. Find out What Is a Self-Contained RV and Do You Need One?
These Amazing 4×4 RVs Will Take You Anywhere
We’ve compiled a list of the best 4×4 RVs on the market. These standouts will take you anywhere you want to go — mountains, deserts, wintery roads, and more. Check them out!
Winnebago Revel 4×4
Winnebago’s Revel 4×4 is an adventure on wheels. The camper van sits on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with a 3-liter turbo diesel engine and on-demand four-wheel drive. You can add on performance wheels and all-terrain tires. You can also go off-grid with its 320-amp hour LiFePO4 battery.
The Revel is 19 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 1 inch wide. It has a 21-gallon fresh water tank and a 21-gallon gray water holding tank. Instead of a black tank, it has a five-gallon cassette toilet.
The Revel is an efficient floor plan for two people. It has a power lift bed with a garage underneath for all your gear. Both captain’s chairs swivel to face a table and bench seat. The kitchenette offers ample counter space with an extension, an induction cooktop hidden in a drawer to save space, and a pantry. And the wet bath has a shower, cassette toilet, and a gear closet. The innovative wet bath also has a bi-fold door, so you have room to maneuver.
Base Price: $210,292
The EarthRoamer LTi is a self-contained overland vehicle that looks cool. Sitting on a Ford F-550 chassis, this RV has everything you need to go off the beaten path. The tires are military-grade, so you know they can handle anything. Plus, it has a custom air ride suspension system, King off-road shocks, and heavy-duty anti-sway bars for high clearance and optimal leveling.
It’s all-weather capable with a 12,000-watt-hour lithium-ion battery bank and 1,320 watts of solar. The freshwater tank holds 100 gallons, and the diesel fuel tank is 95 gallons. So you can stay in the EarthRoamer LTi in extreme weather and off-grid without worries. The interior provides comfortable seating and sleeping options as well as plenty of storage. It also has a highly functional kitchenette and a molded gel-coated fiberglass wet bath with a cassette toilet, shower, and sink.
You can custom order the EarthRoamer LTi, built in Colorado. Because it’s handcrafted, you can choose from multiple floor plans and features. This 4×4 RV is luxury in an off-grid package.
Base Price: $730,000
Pro Tip: We’ve got the full scoop on the EarthRoamer brand. Discover What on Earth Is an EarthRoamer? and find out why they’re so expensive.
Global Expedition Vehicles Adventure XT
Global Expedition Vehicles’ Adventure-XT comes on a Ford F-550 or Dodge Ram 5500 chassis and has a 30mm molded fiberglass body. The Adventure-XT is 28 feet 1 inch long and 11 feet 8 inches tall. It includes a heavy-duty front bumper with LED off-road lights and a 16,500-pound Warn winch for getting in and out of tough situations.
Are you planning to stay off-grid? This rig offers up to 800 watts of solar power stored in 800 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries.
The interior is sleek and modern, with ample storage and counter space. A galley kitchen sits in the center of the unit. There is a cab-over bed at the front with a booth dinette separating the sleeping area from the kitchen. At the rear of this 4×4 RV is a wet bath with a cassette toilet.
Base Price: $495,000
Storyteller Overland Beast MODE 4×4
Storyteller Overland’s Beast MODE 4×4 is a robust camper van built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. A 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine with 7-speed transmission powers the Beast. It can also tow 5,000 pounds and has a 500-pound maximum tongue weight.
Heading off-road in the Beast is easy. It has an onboard air compressor with front and rear air chucks to adjust the tire pressure at any time. It also has a 3,200-watt inverter and a 90-watt solar panel, which can be expanded to 600 watts to prolong energy use.
The interior has sheep’s wool insulation for camping in the elements. It also has a garage and cargo area with an L-track under the bed for gear, bikes, and more. This 4×4 RV may be adventure-ready, but it also has modern conveniences. For example, it has a portable induction cooktop in the galley kitchen so you can cook inside or out. The cassette toilet is also portable, and there’s a patented Halo shower with flex space.
Base Price: $218,620
Tiger Adventure Vehicles Bengal 4×4
Tiger Adventure Vehicles Bengal 4×4 RV is hand-built in South Carolina and has a length of 21 to 24 feet, depending on the chassis. The coach sits on your choice of a Chevy, Ford, or Ram one-ton truck with a dry weight averaging 10,000 pounds. You can provide the truck, or Tiger Adventure will order it for you.
The 4×4 RV has many of the conveniences you would expect in a motorhome. It has air conditioning and heat as well as heated holding tanks for cold weather. The Bengal also has 100 watts of solar power and a Cummins Onan 2,800-watt generator.
We love the modern interiors of the Bengal. It has a kitchenette with ample counter space, a bed over the cab, and a sofa that folds out for an additional bed. The wet bath has a shower, sink, and porcelain toilet.
Base Price: $110,000 (base price does not include chassis)
Thor Omni 4×4 Super C Motorhome
Thor’s Omni 4×4 Super C diesel motorhome has five-floor plans ranging from 33 feet 8 inches to 37 feet 9 inches. Three floor plans sit on a Ford F-550 chassis, and the other two are on a Ford F-600. Each has a 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo engine with 330 HP and 825 pound-feet of torque. The Omni can tow between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds.
The 4×4 RV is loaded with features. It has 100 watts of solar, a 1,800-watt inverter, and an Onan RV QD 6000 diesel generator. A tankless water heater comes standard. There are also USB ports throughout, a Wi-Fi extender, and Bluetooth capabilities.
Interiors of this Super C include a full kitchen, bathroom, living area, dining area, back bedroom, and bunk over the cab. Three of the floor plans have washer and dryer prep. The BT36 model has two bathrooms — one full bath and one half bath. And the RS36 has bunk beds.
Base Price: $285,750
Sportsmobile Classic 4×4
The Sportsmobile Classic 4×4 is a heavy-duty camper van built for off-roading. It’s a Ford Cutaway body molded with a steel reinforced fiberglass shell. The wheelbase is 140.3 inches, and the ground clearance is 16.5 inches at the van center. It has a 7.3L V8 engine and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.
The Classic has a pop-up roof for extra headspace and airflow. There are four different interior layout options. Each has a kitchenette, a sleeping and dining area, and some storage.
Base Price: $175,000
Pro Tip: Going off-road usually means going off-grid. Learn how we built a Rugged Overland Solar Power System for some extreme off-grid camping.
Boldy Camp With a 4×4 RV
Are you ready to go on an adventure in a 4×4 RV? While the price tags on these are high, the ability to get out into untouched parts of nature is priceless.
Keep in mind that if a dedicated RV is not right for you, towing an off-road trailer with a 4×4 vehicle might be a better option.
We hope you have an opportunity to walk through one of these RVs and see what they’re all about. And if you decide to call one of them your own, we can’t wait to hear all about your experience.
Which 4×4 RV is your favorite? Drop a comment below!
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Monday 22nd of May 2023
Have you heard of the Adventurer Quad? Made for rentals in Canada and have 2 different styles. Looks like they just have the one version for purchase now (see link). They are beautiful but don't like the bed so high up with dogs.
Here is a video of their older version you can find for sale once in a while. I think it would be perfect if they built Eagle Caps on 4x4 chassis! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snY9gygj674
Saturday 6th of May 2023
We have an Omni XG32 4x4 on a Ford F550 chassis. You will not be off-road with this rig. We are adding a 2.5 suspension lift and replacing the front bumper to get a little more clearance. Between the bumper and the stabilizers this rig is much too low. Even with the lift, we be sticking to main dirt roads as most of our travels are off grid.
Mortons on the Move
Friday 12th of May 2023
Yea thats best, but slippery grass or a little mud wont be a concern at least!
Friday 5th of May 2023
I want to point out that there are some models that compete with the Thor Omni, including the Nexus Rebel line, a Jayco model, and models from Dynamax. We used to own a Eagle Cap 1165 camper, which we hauled on a Ford F-450. We moved to the Dynamax Isata 5 28SS with the Xplorer package, which is built on a Ram 5500 chassis. The Xplorer package adds, among other things, 800W of solar, 400ah of Lithium batteries, better insulation, and heated compartments. We looked at the Thor before purchasing the Dynamax, but the Dynamax is better quality and offers better features. We miss aspects of the Eagle Cap and the F-450, but we love the Dynamax Isata 5.
Edward C. Griffin Jr.
Sunday 3rd of October 2021
I'm fairly sure that unless you order a locking type front and rear differential you are going to have just two wheels driving your 4x4.
Mortons on the Move
Tuesday 5th of October 2021
Yes and No, All 4 wheels get traction as long as they have pressure down, but once you lose traction on one wheel the other will spin, turning it into 3 or worst case yes 2WD. In some modern 4x4 vehicles this can somewhat be offset by a computer applying brake pressure to the opposing wheel. I had a 4runner that did this and it worked very well giving me not perfect but closed to locked axles without the drawbacks of lockers.