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The latest mind-boggling rig to pop up in our feeds is currently under construction in Australia. Made by SLRV Expedition Vehicles, the go-anywhere vehicle is called the Commander 8x8. And while we’ve seen plenty of burly expedition campers, this custom build by SLRV is a two-story behemoth that can sleep ten.
The motorhome is based on the German-built, military-focused Man 8x8 truck chassis and uses a solid lift-up roof design to add a second story. According to the Australian site Caravan Camping Sales, SLRV is about half way finished through the six-month build out.
The clients are a family of eight who wanted to be able to travel for months at a time through remote regions of Australia. When the RV arrives at camp, a stairwell provides access to the upper level, which houses beds for six kids and a pop-up TV.
Downstairs, the plans include a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen galley, and a dinette that can seat the whole family. A king bed will also drop down over the lounge to sleep two guests. In order to feed and house that many people for long trips at a time, the client requested double ovens, double cooktops, and double fridges.
All of that equipment requires a ton of power, so the Commander 8x8 uses it all: a battery pack, solar panel, diesel-operated components, an alternator, and generator. It’s one of the most complex systems we’ve ever seen, and it will provide 12V, 24V, 48V, and 240V options.
SLRV started work on the Commander 8x8 back in May and has been documenting its progress on social media (see below for photos), but we’ve yet to see a full spec sheet. What we do know, however, is that this two-story build will likely be one of the most expensive motorhomes ever constructed in Australia—the final price tag will be somewhere between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.