The Build Thread

Travel with our family

Join us as we explore the world in our carbon-neutral, 4x4 expedition vehicle called The EcoRoamer. We are happy to share our travel adventures, family memories and homeschooling experiences as we journey down the road less traveled.

six door cab on the Ford F650

The Build Thread

Best laid plans

Line drawing of the EcoRoamer when it was just an idea

At the center of our adventure is the incredible EcoRoamer. We call it: “The world’s first carbon-neutral, 4wd, family friendly, expedition vehicle”. We spent two-and-a-half years building it in 2007/2008, with the amazing help of Jeff Kuhl and his family in Sturgis, Michigan. Jay designed the truck from the ground up to run on solar power and bio-diesel, using a Ford F-650 as the base, but then cutting and stretching and adding all over it with entirely recycled and sustainable materials. If you are interested in the build, and have many, many hours to kill, there is a full write-up with diagrams, spreadsheets, photos and arguments over on Expedition Portal here: