i’m always looking for recreational vehicles that stand out in the crowd. It’s not often that a new RV interests me, but it’s clear Bowlus is here to change that. The Road Chief Terra Firma is a piece of art you can pull off the grid, and I absolutely love it. If only it wasn’t that expensive.
The pandemic is causing many people to experience cabin fever and want to get out. So it makes perfect sense that the RV industry sees skyrocketing sales and manufacturers like bolus start surprisingly attractive campers. If you’ve never heard of Bowlus, don’t worry, me either.
Fortunately, the company has a practical explanatory on its history. The original Bowlus was created almost 90 years ago by aeronautical engineer Hawley Bowlus. He is perhaps best known for his work on the work of Charles Lindbergh Spirit of Saint-Louis. He also had extensive experience in building gliders. Bowlus’ first travel trailer was the result of an idea to build a trailer to transport flight crews. What is amazing is that the Bowlus you see today is practically a photocopy of the old one.
Its exterior design made me squirt before, but check out the inside of this thing.
The interior is inspired by yachts; Bowlus wanted to emulate the feeling of a lazy afternoon with its colors and materials. I would call it a success. I just want to post next to a lake with one of them and waste a whole weekend.
It is also a technological punch. The trailer is equipped with an 8 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery so you can spend time completely off the grid. However, this off-grid time cannot last too long because the liquid holding capacities are quite low. You are only allowed 19 gallons of fresh water and 21 gallons of gray water.
The Road Chief is also equipped with HEPA air filters, water filtration and UVC lighting for surface disinfection. A more fun feature is the ability to track the trailer via GPS, like someone’s dumb enough to try and steal something so eye-catching. Just kidding, but it’s pretty neat. Owners can also control the HVAC remotely, which makes it nice for our furry friends.
The coolest thing about this trailer for me is the weight. All that luxury adds up to a curb weight of just 3,200 pounds. So this thing can be towed by a wide variety of vehicles.
Its price tag of $ 265,000 isn’t that cool. Bowlus offers a few cheaper versions, but even the cheapest Endless Highways model costs $ 190,000. At this price, it is better to be towable by almost anything. It costs more than some houses.
Still, I’m glad it exists, and if I ever see a glamping one, you bet I’ll talk to the owner.