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What in the “luxury off-road RV” is an Armadillo???
noun: armadillo; plural noun: armadillos
a nocturnal omnivorous mammal that has large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates
Thanks to the Oxford dictionary for that helpful information. While this new off-road RV does look like it might have large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates, we’ve decided to take a closer look at this behemoth, because we’re the curious types, especially anytime “RV” and “cool!” are combined!
If you’re curious too, come along with us as we dig into the deets of the Armadillo Conquistador F, and find out whether this beast is available to us here in North America.
- 1) What Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
- 2) Who Makes the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
- 3) How Many Tires Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Have?
- 4) Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Amphibious?
- 5) How Big Is the Fuel Tank On the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
- 6) How Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Provide Power Off-Grid?
- 7) Is There Really a Full Terrace On Top Of the Armadillo Conquistador F?
- 8) How Much Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV Cost?
- 9) Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV Available in North America?
- 10) Have The RVgeeks Experienced a Luxury Off-Road RV?
- 11) Have You Experienced a Luxury Off-Road RV?
What Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
The Armadillo Conquistador F is an off-road RV that has the appearance of a military vehicle on the outside and a full-on condo (with an expandable rooftop terrace) on the inside/topside.
And it’s HUMONGOUS! If you were to spot one coming toward you on the road, you’d likely think you’re seeing the offspring of a military vehicle crossed with a garbage truck. Seriously. It’s that big and heavy-duty.
Filled with luxurious amenities and lots of living space, this luxury off-road vehicle has been described as a rig that’s “part yacht and part RV.” And sure – it’s got the space to fulfill that description, but a “yacht”? Really? Land yacht, maybe. But, can this beast drive through water??
Let’s keep digging to find out…
Who Makes the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
The Armadillo Conquistador F is made in conjunction with MAN Truck & Bus, a leading supplier of commercial vehicles all over the globe.
Now based in Munich, Germany, MAN’s origins go all the way back to 1840, when their earliest direct predecessor was founded as Sander’s Machine Shop.
The production of commercial vehicles started in 1915, when MAN began making light trucks and chain-driven heavy vehicles. In 1924, they introduced the world’s first fuel-injected diesel engine vehicle, and a new type of bus built on a low-frame chassis. They eventually produced trolleybuses, tractors, and several types of powerful three-axle vehicles. In 2000, MAN also acquired the Neoplan bus company.
For decades now, MAN has produced high-quality heavy and light-duty trucks as well as buses, equipped with the latest technology and all-wheel-drive capabilities. Since 2005, MAN has provided their mondo all-terrain-capable platform to Chinese company Zhejiang Ruiye Special Vehicles to produce Armadillo campers.
How Many Tires Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Have?
The Conquistador F is reported to have 8 Michelin 14.00. R20 XZL all-terrain tires and…get this…full-time 8-wheel drive! That’ll roll this beast over any terrain, including deep sand, with little effort.
So, what’s the deal – is this thing an amphibian?
Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Amphibious?
Not exactly. While we’d be wildly exaggerating the capabilities of this massive rig to call it an “amphibian,” what we can tell you is that it can pretty much climb ev’ry mountain and ford ev’ry stream (bonus points if you can identify that semi-pop-culture reference).
The Armadillo Conquistador F can navigate water nearly 4 feet deep without blinking.
How Big Is the Fuel Tank On the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV?
The Conquistador F fuel tank is listed as holding 210 gallons of fuel for a little over 1,400 miles of travel before refueling becomes a necessity. Depending on where you fill ‘er up, you could be looking at a $1,000 bill at the pump!
How Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Provide Power Off-Grid?
This luxury off-road RV has a photovoltaic system to allow for plenty of power off the grid. With its solar panels, charge controller, inverter and other electrical hardware, the rig uses the sun to power two large televisions, three refrigerators, a full kitchen, and more.
Is There Really a Full Terrace On Top Of the Armadillo Conquistador F?
Yes, there really is a full terrace on top of this Armadillo! And it’s HUGE. With the push of a button, it pops up automatically with the use of hydraulics. The terrace includes seating for a large group of people, a very large table, and a gigantic television.
And here’s the other side of the rooftop terrace. The terrace runs the entire length of the luxury off-road RV. What a view! (Photo credit: Armadillo)
How Much Does the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV Cost?
All of this rugged off-road luxury can be yours for the low, low price of just $1,360,000.
Is the Armadillo Conquistador F Luxury Off-Road RV Available in North America?
At present, the Conquistador F is available in China, and only in China. While there have reportedly been requests for the luxury off-road RV to be sold in other countries, that hasn’t happened – yet!
Even in China, a signed buyer will be waiting at least eight months before taking delivery of this monstrous luxury RV.
Have The RVgeeks Experienced a Luxury Off-Road RV?
Well, we haven’t seen the Armadillo Conquistador F up close and personal (yet!), but we do have a cool story to share about another incredible off-road RV we toured.
When traveling in Australia, we had the privilege of becoming friends with our Boondockers Welcome hosts, Doug & Di in Woodgate Beach, Queensland. (If you’re not a member of Boondockers Welcome, check it out. It’s now a part of Harvest Hosts, and you can save 15% on an initial membership by using the discount code “RVGEEKS15” when you sign up on their website.)
Back to our story – while we were in Woodgate Beach, we toured an AWESOME 4WD rig that was custom-built for treks in the Australian Outback. It was a “Peterbuilt” because it was built by Doug & Di’s friend Peter. Read more about it in our post (Boondockers Welcome in OZ, Plus a Honkin’ Custom Outback-Ready RV!) or just watch the video here:
Have You Experienced a Luxury Off-Road RV?
How about you? Have you experienced a luxury off-road RV? Would you like to see rigs like the Armadillo imported to North America? (Or see more articles about unusual RVs?) Shoot us a comment below! Amphibious or not, everyone likes a cool RV.
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