If you dip into the world of RVs from startup companies, you will encounter designs that make you cock your head and think. Maybe the camper is built to fend off bears and bullets or charges your EV. Or, maybe you can buy a Class A coach that also doubles as your yacht. Startup company Living Vehicle wants to sell you a camper that, fully loaded, will cost you $639,995. That’s not a typo and yes, that’s more than a lot of houses! I finally got to see it in person and it’s just as mind-boggling as its numbers would suggest. This thing is like a fortress with three axles.
The Los Angeles Auto Show has been surprisingly fun this year. For a while, it seemed as if automakers had given up on the auto show. In our travels, we’ve come across empty show spaces, missing automakers, and really a lack of things to get excited about. This year seems to be different. Detroit was a bit more filled in and Los Angeles? This show is honestly a blast. Automakers have brought out their fun concepts, upcoming products, and even experiences such as riding a Motocompacto. If you’re into campers like I am, Los Angeles also has a lot to love. I already showed you the Pebble Flow, but there’s an entire overlanding section as well. Outside sits Living Vehicle, and the company’s camper is wide open for you to tour through. So let’s take a look at what you get for the price of some decent real estate.
I last wrote about this startup in April, so I’ll refresh your brain on what is going on here:
California-based Living Vehicle was founded in 2017 by husband and wife team Matthew and Joanna Hofmann. Matthew is an architect while Joanna is a designer. The pair say that they have spent years living out of buses, vans, and travel trailers while running a business called Hofmann Architecture. The Hofmanns say that they’ve been living out of small mobile spaces for over a decade and they came to a realization that none of their tiny homes catered that well to full-timers. They couldn’t find a camper that did the job to their liking so they decided to build an off-grid camper of their own.
Since 2017, Living Vehicle has sold out its small production line every year. The company builds about 25 units a year and given that the company’s cheapest option starts at $359,995, it’s definitely a vehicle for those flush with cash. Living Vehicle is also trying to reinvent the RV itself, saying that its campers aren’t “RVs” but “LVs,” or the company’s name in initials.
Living Vehicle builds campers for full-timers. These are people who don’t just travel in their rigs, but live out of them. Since these campers move around frequently and are always lived in, they need to stand the test of time. Likewise, the camper needs ample facilities and capacities to endure a longer stay outside of a campground.
The Living Vehicle HD30 Pro
Now, keep in mind that I said it’s one of the “most” campers money can buy. That’s because there’s just so much to this thing. Every number on the spec sheet is incredible. The 30-foot trailer weighs 16,000 pounds, carries 4,000 pounds of gear, is powered by a 72 kWh house battery, and juices up from up to 6 kW of solar from giant roof solar panels and additional portable panels. In terms of holding tanks, you get 100 gallons for fresh water, 62 gallons for gray water, and 45 gallons for your waste. See what I mean?
All Living Vehicle builds start with what appears to be a robust structure. The company says that its trailers have a chassis of aluminum, a structure of aluminum, and a floor of aluminum. The walls are finished on the outside in anodized aluminum. Living Vehicle says that its all-aluminum welded construction should ensure that the camper stands the test of time.
Looking at the structure in person, I admit that I first thought of the Living Vehicle HD30 Pro as a pimped-out cargo trailer. Upon close inspection, I was delighted by good attention to detail and very good fit and finish. Living Vehicle doesn’t say, but this aluminum is also quite thick. You can see where the 16,000 pounds of base weight comes from. This thing is a tank! Or perhaps like a bank vault.
The trailer can also be equipped with off-road tires and it appears that the structure is pretty protected. It rides on a trio of 7,000-pound torsion axles. As I said before, this is one of the few trailers that I’ve encountered with clearance measurements. Living vehicle says that the ground clearance under the trailer’s body is 16 inches and departure ground clearance is 22 inches. Living Vehicle touts this as a go-anywhere all-season camper. It does look like it can go pretty far off-pavement. However, keep in mind that 16,000 pounds is a lot of weight to recover should you get stuck.
Another Living Vehicle quirk is the camper’s massive solar array. In the HD30 Pro, you get 4.4 kW of solar panels on the roof. The solar panels take up so much space that the equipment that would normally be on the camper’s roof is now stored in the camper’s basement compartments. I’m ok with that as it means fewer spots to leak in the future. Living Vehicle is so serious about solar that when you park you can extend two 48-inch aluminum awnings. Those awnings, which move almost painfully slow, reveal even more solar power.
Toss in 1.6 kW of portable solar panels and you’ll get a whopping 6 kW of solar power. As I noted before, this tops up a 72 kWh lithium battery. If your off-grid stay lasts long enough, there’s also a generator so you can keep the power flowing. Living Vehicle also says the trailer could charge an electric car.
Something neat that Living Vehicle also does is that the company can upfit your tow truck to match your trailer, be it paint, accessories, or a lift kit and tires.
So, what’s the interior of a $639,995, 16,000-pound travel trailer like? The best comparison I could conjure up is that it’s like a 5-star luxury hotel room. It’s like one of those obscenely expensive hotel rooms where two nights cost more than one of my paychecks. Don’t worry, David pays me well. Hotels get really expensive!
Living Vehicle offers a number of variations of the same floorplan. Up front is the primary bedroom and you get an option of a queen bed, a king bed, dual twin beds, queen bunk beds, and the ability to turn the bed into a zero-gravity split queen bed. Living Vehicle also allows you to turn the primary bedroom into an office.
The rest of the camper appears to be the same across the floorplans. In the center of the unit is a large bathroom. Living Vehicle loves using residential-sized equipment, so you get to sleep in an actual queen bed and that shower? Oh yeah, it’s more than big enough to spread out and get clean. It’s a shame how much money you have to spend to not fight your own shower every morning.
Behind the bathroom is a combination dining room and kitchen. The trailer is fully equipped for some luxury living from its large refrigerator to the stovetop, sink, island, and even dishwasher! Oh yeah, this camper comes with a laundry hutch with a combo washer and dryer plus a central vacuum system, too. Living Vehicle wasn’t kidding when it said these are for full-timers. Also helping full-timers is the camper’s optional atmospheric water generation system.
This Watergen system extracts moisture out of the air, cleans it, purifies it, and fills the fresh tank. Depending on where the camper is parked, the Watergen system can add 5 gallons of water to your tank.
Living Vehicle says that the camper is equipped to camp in all seasons, but you can option it with a package that upgrades the windows to dual-pane glass, adds an aluminum radiant floor, and adds independent electric heaters to the interior. These allow the camper to be comfortable down to -4 F temperatures and heat up to 120 F.
There are still more options, including Starlink capability, a home theater, and a high-end stereo. One of my favorite parts of the Living Vehicle HD series is the deployable patio. I like patios as a neat way to expand space while also giving the camper an airy feeling. Living Vehicle says the patio holds 1,500 pounds and I believe it. The patio felt sturdy, unlike the decks I’ve walked on attached to trailers costing a fraction of the price.
The quality of everything in the interior was exactly as I would expect given the price. The walls inside were metal, the wood felt nice to the touch, and as I said, everything sort of felt like a really nice hotel room. Heck, the materials in this camper felt better than some of the million-dollar coaches I tour during RV trade shows. Most importantly, I could definitely see this trailer still kicking over 10 years from now.
Expensive, But Not Insulting
What I loved about my tour of the camper was the fact that while this monster camper comes with a monster price, it’s actually no worse than other campers that cost this or more. It’s as nice inside as a high-end Class A coach, comes with the equipment that will allow you to camp off-grid for a while, and it feels like it should last a long time. Living Vehicle expects most of its customers to be looking for a house they can take just about anywhere. I’m still not sure about the “anywhere” bit, but the quality appears to be there.
The Living Vehicle HD30 Pro is $639,995 before options, and that options list is lengthy. You can get a bed that sits on a suspension ($9,995), a mobile recording studio room ($23,995), a 6.5 kW Cummins generator ($21,995), a special alternator for your tow vehicle ($15,995), the water generator ($25,995), a home theater ($13,995), off-road tires and upgraded brakes ($14,995), and the four-season package ($13,995).
If this is all too much for you, the base model HD30 is $399,995. You get the same lavish interior, but a 14,000-pound base weight, a 4.8 kWh battery, 600 Watts of solar, and a GVWR of 18,000 pounds. The equipment is otherwise similar, even the four-season insulation. Living Vehicle also sells a compact version of the trailer that’s 24 feet long, but that one is still $299,995 and starts at 11,000 pounds.
This is a trailer I’d love to test. I’d specifically like to take it out to somewhere frozen and see how cozy I could be. I don’t think Living Vehicle will be revolutionizing camping, but the HD30 is pretty cool in my eyes. I may never be able to afford this, but if you can and you’re Living Vehicle’s target demographic, I think you’ll like it.
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