Ultimate Survival Trailer: Comfort Meets Security
The thought of the “Extinction Level Event Camper Trailer” caught my eye as I was sipping my morning coffee, a rather apocalyptic moniker that turned out to be quite fitting. You see, this isn't your average weekend warrior camper. No, the ELE trailer from Mammoth Overland is a fortress on wheels, designed for the end times with features like a Bear Spray Defense System, medical-grade air filtration, a drone-launch system, and optional bulletproofing. Imagine the grimmest scenario possible, and this trailer is ready to tow you safely through it.
Scott Taylor, the president of Mammoth, tells me they've made their trailers bear-proof. That's a relief, I suppose. But he went one step further and made them apocalypse-proof too. He's from Montana, a place where bears are your nosy neighbors and self-reliance is the religion. “We designed ELE to aircraft standards. It can handle whatever campers might encounter, from bears, to wildfires, to social unrest, so overlanders can explore fearlessly,” he assures.
The terrifying image of being woken up by a hungry bear attacking your trailer is enough to make anyone's blood run cold. But in this scenario, Mammoth's bear spray system comes to the rescue. A flip of a switch from the safety of your cabin can unleash a cloud of bear repellent around the trailer. I have to admit, it's an impressively thought-out system.
If the spray doesn't work, the trailer also comes equipped with lockable storage for your survivalist arsenal. Because if you're seriously considering this trailer, I'm guessing you're not going out without a fight.
The ELE isn't just some flimsy tin can. It's built from aerospace-grade materials, with steel reinforcements and skid plates. It's practically a mobile bunker. And for the truly paranoid, there's an optional bulletproofing package. The idea of towing a fortress behind a military-grade vehicle like a Rezvani Tank is certainly an interesting one.
Inside, the trailer maintains a pressurized cabin, similar to a submarine, with a medical-grade air filtration system capable of purging and replacing the air in less than three minutes. There's also a water filtration system that can fill up the 83-L tank in ten minutes. It's all about being self-sufficient and not having to rely on the outside world.
The ELE also offers various surveillance features, including a night-vision camera and a drone launch system. It even has an onboard weather station and a geiger counter. It's like having your own little command center in the middle of nowhere.
Even in the direst of scenarios, comfort is a priority. The camper is well-insulated, with an air conditioner and a propane heater. It also has Starlink internet and dual-band radio communications, so you're not completely cut off from the world.
The ELE runs on four lithium batteries, providing up to 20 hours of electricity, and can be recharged via solar panels or by simply driving the towing vehicle. There's even a portable gas generator for backup.
At $67,000, this isn't a cheap ride, and if you want it bulletproof, that'll cost you an extra $25,000. But if you're looking to survive the apocalypse in style, this might just be the ticket. And if that's your cup of tea, you better hurry, as it's a limited edition with deliveries starting in late 2023.
All in all, the ELE trailer is an intriguing piece of engineering. It's overkill for most of us, but for the right person, it could be a dream come true. I may not be in the market for an apocalypse-proof trailer, but I can't deny the allure of such a self-sustaining refuge. It's like having your own microcosm of civilization, engineered to withstand the harshest realities of nature and man alike.
So, while I may not be itching to get my hands on an apocalypse-proof trailer, I can certainly appreciate the spirit behind it. Here's to Mammoth Overland and their ELE trailer – a symbol of our capacity to adapt, to endure, and to explore fearlessly, no matter what the world throws our way.
- Advanced Security Features: The ELE Camper is fitted with a Bear Spray Defense System and a lockable weapons storage compartment, providing multiple layers of security against potential threats.
- Robust Construction: With its aerospace-derived construction, steel armor and skid plates, this camper is built to withstand extreme conditions. The optional bulletproofing adds even more security.
- Air and Water Filtration: The medical-grade air filtration system and the water filtration system ensure clean air and water availability for up to six months, reducing dependence on external resources.
- Surveillance and Communication: The camper comes equipped with a night-vision camera, drone-launch system, Starlink internet, and dual-band radio communications, providing surveillance and connectivity in remote locations.
- Energy Independence: With solar panels, lithium batteries, and a portable gas generator, the camper offers several power options, ensuring electricity availability even off-grid.
- Price: With a base price of $67,000, and an additional $25,000 for bulletproofing, the ELE Camper is quite expensive. This could put it out of reach for many potential buyers.
- Limited Use: Many of the camper's features, such as the bear spray system and bulletproofing, are designed for extreme circumstances that most users will not encounter. For casual camping or overlanding, these features might be overkill.
- Size and Weight: The ELE Camper, given its numerous features and robust construction, is likely to be larger and heavier than traditional campers. This could limit its mobility and the types of terrain it can handle, and it may require a powerful (and potentially gas-guzzling) vehicle to tow it.
- Maintenance: With its complex systems and high-tech features, maintenance and repairs could be complicated and costly. You'd also need to ensure the bear spray canisters are regularly replaced and that the batteries are charged, among other upkeep tasks.
- Limited Availability: As a limited edition product with delivery only starting at the end of 2023, not everyone who wants an ELE Camper will be able to get one.