Who isn’t sick of having to drag around heavy suitcases whenever you travel? What if you could combine your passion for RVing and the outdoors with none of the work of driving or setting up camp?
Powered by a Scania truck chassis, the Exploranter Overland Hotel was one part truck camper and one part travel trailer. Except each were way bigger than you’d ever imagine.
The monstrosity was the brainchild of Brazilian businessman Flavio Melo, a young entrepreneur in the ski and hospitality industries in South America.
While you might mistake this rig for a double pup freight trailer, there’s no denying it was designed exclusively for your pleasure.
The truck camper half included the dining area and lounge. This is where you could socialize, relax in leather armchairs, or gaze out the large windows to the surrounding wilderness.
Inside the trailer was a sleeping area with 28 beds. But don’t worry, the designers had the foresight to include three bathrooms, showers, and plenty of hot water capacity.
Fellow travelers relaxing outside the Exploranter.
Inside the dining area.
With three bathrooms onboard you wouldn’t have had to wait long.
Tickets started at around $40 USD, and trips could last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were included in the price as well.
The Exploranter website is written in Portuguese but you can still see more pictures of the rig out in the field.
Here’s what Flavio had to say,
I Idealized, projected, built, legalized and managed the first and only fully self-sufficient overland hotel in the world.
A huge truck with everything you need to take 30 guests into the wild for unforgetable experiences.
More than a mobile hotel, it became a laboratory for human cohabitation. We became lives catalysts, creating marriages, business ventures, life turnarounds and all kinds of changes in ones life.
We travelled extensivelly through Brazil, Chile and Argentina, with most of our trips in Patagonia.
We were featured in every possible media from the cover of the New York Times to Korean and Swedish TVs to Hard Cover books like Extreme Hotels (Tectum Publishers) to most publications and medias in Brazil.
As for me, during this period I felt more and more confident to venture away from the usual. It became clear to me that the apparent loneliness of the road less travelled is much more rewarding than the dullness of the paved road of the ordinary thinking.
I think he feels the same as many of us!