The Brüder EXP-6 Is a Camping Trailer Built for the Apocalypse
Tough enough for Mad Max, but with more espresso machines than he’d know what to do with.
For mostof human history, those bent on true backwoods adventure and the luxury offered by a full-sized camper have had few options. But now, the adventure-seeker also seeking to sleep in a goddamn bed can escape in style with the Brüder EXP-6, an off-road-capable Australian RV trailer with an articulated air suspension. With the appropriate SUV, the whole family can slumber in comfort on the side of the mountain, rather than below it. Or, you know, flee through the desert from a malevolent overlord with a breathing apparatus strapped to his face.
Beyond Bruce Wayne-like rock-climbing capability, the EXP-6 is packed with technology to keep what’s essentially a small RV under control while under way off-road. The trailer has four-wheel disc brakes—unlike VW Jettas as recently as 2012—and an electronic stability-control system. The handbrake is “one-touch” and power-assisted, though The Drive would recommend strongly against attempting a J-turn. And that air suspension allows for up to 300 millimeters of travel.
Don't get the idea that the Brüder EXP-6 has the dynamics of a butched-up Winnebago—it can cruise, too. That trick suspension, beyond allowing light rock-scrambling, is hydraulically-adjustable, meaning the trailer can sink into a crouch for efficient highway travel. The track is also adjustable, allowing maximum traction on sand or other shifting terrain. A snorkel can pressurize the camper to keep out dust, and a Warn winch allows the EXP-6 to assist stuck vehicles in a pinch.
On the inside, the Brüder EXP-6 is equally handy. Solar panels provide off-the-grid energy to the cabin's lighting, air-conditioning, and accessories. (There’s a dishwasher, for Nalgenes or champagne flutes as the mood dictates.) The cooking range is diesel-powered, as diesel is a more stable fuel than kerosene or propane. For comfortable moments, the interior has a queen bed, Bose audio system, Nespresso machine and a 22” LED TV; for perilous ones, there’s a First Aid kit and water tanks capable of holding 120 gallons of H20.
Whether you're venturing for pleasure, spiritual salvation, or in preparation for the End Times, Brüder's rough-and-tumble RV should get you through. Just be sure to tap a Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² as your tow vehicle; you can't let the carriage outgun the horse.