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Turkish overland RV lives and works far from the hordes

Turkish overland RV lives and ...
The full-size roof terrace is a unique option Crawler offers
The full-size roof terrace is a unique option Crawler offers
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With a MAN TGM as its base, and plenty of upgrades on offer, the Crawler Otag 600 is positioned to be a capable on/off-road adventure machine
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With a MAN TGM as its base, and plenty of upgrades on offer, the Crawler Otag 600 is positioned to be a capable on/off-road adventure machine
The Otag 600 terrace is reached much like a yacht's swimming platform: with a deployable ladder
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The Otag 600 terrace is reached much like a yacht's swimming platform: with a deployable ladder
On tour with the Crawler Otag 600
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On tour with the Crawler Otag 600
The full-size roof terrace is a unique option Crawler offers
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The full-size roof terrace is a unique option Crawler offers
Dirt, mud, snow, mountains ...
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Dirt, mud, snow, mountains ...
The Otag 600 comes with a single solar panel but buyers can add more capacity
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The Otag 600 comes with a single solar panel but buyers can add more capacity
It looks better off-pavement, but the MAN-based Otag will of course navigate highway and country roads, too
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It looks better off-pavement, but the MAN-based Otag will of course navigate highway and country roads, too
Crawler offers a variety of performance and cargo-carry add-ons
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Crawler offers a variety of performance and cargo-carry add-ons
Components like the batteries and heater stored low between the axles
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Components like the batteries and heater stored low between the axles
The available slide-out kitchen keeps things simple when compared to the more elaborate kitchens offered by expedition vehicle brands like Earthroamer and Bliss Mobil
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The available slide-out kitchen keeps things simple when compared to the more elaborate outdoor kitchens offered by expedition vehicle brands like Earthroamer and Bliss Mobil
Pop the door open for al fresco dining
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Pop the door open for al fresco dining
All large expedition vehicles tend to look pretty aggressive, but the Otag 600 is extra mean thanks to its riveted aluminum shell
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All large expedition vehicles tend to look pretty aggressive, but the Otag 600 is extra mean thanks to its riveted aluminum shell
The large side window makes for breezier sleep and dining
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The large side window makes for breezier sleep and dining
Crawler Otag 600 bathroom
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Crawler Otag 600 bathroom
Looking forward from the rear bedroom
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Looking forward from the rear bedroom
The rear bedroom packs a large mattress with plenty of storage and lighting
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The rear bedroom packs a large mattress with plenty of storage and lighting
The Otag 600 kitchen includes a full range and fridge
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The Otag 600 kitchen includes a full range and fridge
The Otag 600 feels better prepared for the pandemic than most — in addition to a dining table, it has a desk for remote work
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The Otag 600 feels better prepared for the pandemic than most — in addition to a dining table, it has a desk for remote work
Convertible dining area and kitchen
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Convertible dining area and kitchen
Crawler Otag 600 kitchen
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Crawler Otag 600 kitchen
Crawler Otag 600
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Crawler Otag 600
A 15-ton winch is optional
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A 15-ton winch is optional
Crawler Otag 600 MAN TGM motorhome
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Crawler Otag 600 MAN TGM motorhome
Crawler Otag 600 MAN motorhome
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Crawler Otag 600 MAN motorhome
bBathroom sink and casset
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Bathroom sink and cassette toilet
Crawler Otag 600 on show at the 2020 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
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Crawler Otag 600 on show at the 2020 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
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Planning your escape for the next global pandemic? You just found it. Recently debuted in Germany, the Turkish-built Crawler Otag 600 is the latest untethered all-terrain expedition vehicle to wander its way out of hiding. It packs family-size living amenities and a mobile office into a riveted, battlefield-grade shell that rides on a rugged MAN 4x4 chassis. It even has an available full-length terrace on the roof. It costs about as much as a house, so homeowners might need to trade in so they can escape disease and demographics on a dime.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already forced (or firmly encouraged) many people to work remotely. With the Otag 600, these same people can both live and work remotely, whether on a short trip or on the road full-time. The expedition camper is 100 percent customizable and has been initially designed as both a mobile office and roving home. In fact, the latter is basically what the model name means.

"In ancient times of the East, OTAG meant the mobile homes that are set up and settled firmly on the ground for temporary accommodation," Crawler explains.

Crawler Otag 600 on show at the 2020 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
Crawler Otag 600 on show at the 2020 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon

Separating the Otag 600 from expedition rigs from the likes of Action Mobil or Unicat is its exoskeleton-framed, riveted aluminum body that has a downright industrial or military vibe. The Düsseldorf 2020 show model has the available exoskeleton expanded into an optional roof-length deck that can blow up clifftop views or perhaps create a perch for hand-feeding giraffes on safari (we don't really recommend the latter). Access comes courtesy of the extendable ladder strapped to the rear, and the deck itself sets up and folds down electrically for convenient, hassle-free use.

Inside, the Otag 600 is a neatly divided space built for finding the right life/work balance on the road and out in the wild. The basic four-sleeper layout comes anchored by a rear 190 x 185-cm (75 x 73-in) bed. The dinette just inside the large picture window transforms over into a 180 x 170-cm (71 x 67-in) bed just inside the large picture window.

The large side window makes for breezier sleep and dining
The large side window makes for breezier sleep and dining

The Otag's L-shaped kitchen comes loaded with a full range with oven and three-burner stove, standing-height 152-L fridge, sink, and loads of overhead and under-counter storage. A simple slide-out kitchen with sink and dual-burner stove is an option for outdoor cooking.

Across the way from the fridge is a long worktop that serves as a mobile office. It includes drawers on both sides and easy access to electrical sockets on the wall below the command center and thermostat.

The Otag 600 feels better prepared for the pandemic than most — in addition to a dining table, it has a desk for remote work
The Otag 600 feels better prepared for the pandemic than most — in addition to a dining table, it has a desk for remote work

Most RV makers rely on the dining table to double as a desk, if they think about working from the road at all, so it's interesting to see a manufacturer offer a dedicated office space. With this additional work space, two people can enjoy individual office areas during the day, a parent can get up early/work late and have a desk even if the dinette/bed is occupied, and there's just more flexibility all around for working on the road.

The Otag also includes a single-room dry bathroom with a long, narrow shower closed off by a folding glass door, a cassette toilet and a fold-away sink. Water is contained in a 500-L fresh tank and heated via an LPG-fired Truma Combi air/water heater. The electrical system includes a 440-Ah gel battery, solar panel and inverter.

Crawler Otag 600 bathroom
Crawler Otag 600 bathroom

Crawler's options list doesn't include quite the level of home-like luxury we've seen from some other expedition vehicle brands (e.g. Apple TV and washers/dryers), but it does offer a variety of optional add-ons for stepping up comfort and capability, including a microwave, 24-in TV and sound system, BBQ grill and air conditioner. It also includes various cargo carry solutions like a rear ATV/UTV lift and bicycle carrier.

Otag 600 pricing will vary according to custom layout and options but starts right around €138,000 in Germany after VAT, according to Crawler's website. Price is for the motorhome box alone and does not include the base truck. The initial 600-cm (236-in)-long box is built atop a MAN TGM 18.290 4x4 to create a 9,600-kg (21,160-lb), 890-cm (350-in) expedition truck, but Crawler says it can also build around other 4x4 truck models in the same class.

Crawler offers a variety of performance and cargo-carry add-ons
Crawler offers a variety of performance and cargo-carry add-ons

Crawler started out in the domestic Turkish market and has been working hard on global expansion this year. Its main distribution network is concentrated in Europe so far, but it also has distributors in other regions, including the United States and Australia. US Otag 600 pricing starts at $130,000, but Crawler tells us it will be focusing first on its smaller campers for the US market, leaving the Otag to be built and imported to order. It manufactures its camper boxes and caravans at production facilities in Kocaeli Kartepe, Turkey.

Source: Crawler Global

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6 comments
Học Nguyễn
Amazing build :D
Nursah Senturk
It is amazing!
WB
the amount of space wasted in the back to get an insane high attack angle is blasphemy. For that steep of an attack angle a fully loaded Otag won't have enough traction... so why waste all that space.
WB
..oh and it even doesnt have that high attack angle because of the rear bumper.. so it just is a colossal waste of space
ljaques
Pretty cool kit. But to charge $130k for a vehicle they painted GRAY inside and out is just =naval= of them.
Username
It's definitely gray