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    Default Expedition Vehicles: ridiculously overpriced or not

    Im just trying to wrap my head around some of the pricing for these overland vehicles from the 500k Earth Roamer to the 200k Sportmobile.
    Does it really cost them that much to make or do they have a ridiculouly high profit margin? 100%? 200 +%?

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    I can't speak for others, but a true expedition truck contains a lot of very expensive components and engineering. Durring my time at Unicat I learned that it takes A LONG time to construct one of those trucks. They need to be perfect without compromise. You also need highly skilled and trained staff to manufacture these trucks. These workers are very hard to find and don't come cheap. This all reflects in the price.

    Saying that, there are a couple of vehicles out there that look very impressive, but when you look into the details you ask yourself about the pricing...

    To sum it up: Quality costs money.
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    In addition to what was said above, its currently a huge fad.

    Think back 10-15 years when rock crawling and tube buggies were the most popular thing around and very very $$$. Petersons 4x4 and four wheeler magazines were nothing but built jeeps and SAS Toyota truggies that made the front pages and every article within the magazines. Fast forward to 2017, a dedicated trail rig is not worth as much as it would have been during the rock crawling fad because you cant be self contained and carry all of your gear. ****, you cant even go to the mall with a rock crawler like you can a dedicated overland rig.

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    I’m only buying so much of that “get what you pay for reasoning. For $500k you can have CREWS of people spend months constructing and outfitting a fairly large and high end home on acres of real estate, complete with all the usual amenities of the kitchen and bathrooms. This process included architects and engineers and all the ancillary services that go into the design and construction of a home.

    There isn’t a pickup truck based camper on the planet I’d spend $500k for even if I was inclined to spend that kind of money.

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    I think it depends on how you want to use the vehicle... if you want to travel around the world with your family and you need the reliability etc of high end design then maybe not too expensive. If you buy it and use it like an RV in a campground then IMO itís cool but overkill.

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    At $500K (US), it would be almost a bargain compared to the latest offering from ER...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgreening View Post
    I’m only buying so much of that “get what you pay for reasoning. For $500k you can have CREWS of people spend months constructing and outfitting a fairly large and high end home on acres of real estate, complete with all the usual amenities of the kitchen and bathrooms. This process included architects and engineers and all the ancillary services that go into the design and construction of a home.

    There isn’t a pickup truck based camper on the planet I’d spend $500k for even if I was inclined to spend that kind of money.
    Now shrink that house down to a self propelled, reliable unit and see how much that costs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LocoCoyote View Post
    Now shrink that house down to a self propelled, reliable unit and see how much that costs...
    Thatís my point. I donít see how you shrink that cost down to pickup based camper. At the end of the day itís still just a camper and the bulk of the serious engineering by far is still in the pickup itself. I see no way on gods earth to reasonably sink approx $400k into a space thatís maybe 8x10. Around 8x24 if you include the whole truck package.

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    My feeling is that they're just too darn big. Offroad's one thing but where do you park the suckers in the city?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgreening View Post
    Thatís my point. I donít see how you shrink that cost down to pickup based camper. At the end of the day itís still just a camper and the bulk of the serious engineering by far is still in the pickup itself. I see no way on gods earth to reasonably sink approx $400k into a space thatís maybe 8x10. Around 8x24 if you include the whole truck package.
    Ah....ok, I can see your point...


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