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Your adventures begin with Explorer

Buying a motorhome is a big deal. We think it's important to focus on what will make life away from home as pleasurable and stress-free as possible. Being biggest isn't always best. Less can definitely be  way more.
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Manufacture

Expertly designed and built here in New Zealand

We’ve been designing and manufacturing Explorers right here in Auckland since 2007.

 

ONE-PIECE COMPOSITE BODY

 

Explorer Navigator has a one-piece composite body using a vacuumed urethane core sandwiched between layers of fibreglass and an outer layer of gelcoat. This produces a durable finish which is easy to maintain and much more resistant to scratches than painted finishes.
 

LIGHTWEIGHT, STRONG, SEAMLESS & WATERTIGHT
 

Explorer’s body is seamless, lightweight and strong with the added benefit of excellent insulation and you know you’ll be leak-free.

 

Using a moulded body is not common in the motorhome industry because producing these moulds isn't easy, but it is the tried and trusted technique in the boating and trucking industries that we know really performs.

 

Quality is everything to us. We only use industry-leading components that we know will last the distance. We know that your motorhome is going to take you to some pretty exciting places, so everything needs to work and last. For example, we only use high-pressure laminate on plywood for Explorer's joinery - not MDF-based materials that swell if they are exposed to moisture.

 

If you're buying a new motorhome, we encourage you to look deeper than the surface.

 

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EXPLORER MOTORHOMES ARE HAND BUILT BY A TALENTED TEAM OF CRAFTSPEOPLE WHO TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THEIR WORK.

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Service & Support

We're here for you at any and every stage of your decision-making process and, if we're lucky enough to build or supply you an Explorer Motorhome, right through to the delivery and miles beyond, while you own it.

 

As the designers and manufacturers of your Explorer, you're assured of all the answers you need and most importantly - all the service and backup you need for your new motorhome.

 

The Explorer team is not only expert at crafting our motorhomes but we are extremely innovative when we need to be. Sometimes individual owners want unique modifications or options which we do our best to deliver.

Apart from mechanical servicing of your vehicle which should be undertaken by the Ford dealer network, we provide warranty backup for your motorhome and it's components. If there are any operational issues or you want upgrades of any kind, we're here for you.

 

Because we deliver Explorers all over New Zealand, it is sometimes impractical to return your motorhome to our base in Albany, Auckland. We have a network of trusted service providers around the country.

 

Exceptional Explorer Service and Support

0800 227 144

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Team

Mike Nicklin

Director

 

Mike is a trade qualified, skilled coachbuilder. He has been involved with the New Zealand motorhome and caravan industry for over 40 years with a wide experience including repairs, transformations and manufacturing.

 

Mike has built Explorer Motorhomes since 2007 and in  2014 became owner when there was an opportunity to purchase the business.

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Explorer owners talk

 

Is there any other kind of motorhome?

 

When we started looking for our first motorhome, we got all excited about motorhomes with lots of floorspace and glamorous looking interiors. The longer we looked and the more we thought seriously about how we would actually use it, we began to realise that becoming truck or long van drivers was not our idea of relaxing holidays.

 

When we spoke to other motorhomers we also realised that there wasn't much substance behind the gloss of the many imported motorhomes on the market. There were many comments about breakages, poor service backup and unsuitability for our environment. By chance, we came across an ad for a second hand Explorer online which interested us. It was just what we were looking for. On visiting Explorer we found them very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

 

As soon as we entered the Explorer we looked at each other and knew it really was what we had been looking for. Not only was it surprisingly spacious but it had everything we would need, and importantly it would fit and park easily down our driveway. We also knew that the size would be perfect for visiting out of the way places as well as supermarket carparks.

 

We ended up ordering the Navigator 4-wheel drive and since delivery in late 2013, we've been all over the country. It's been on short and long trips and we have found it absolutely fantastic. We've been to places that would have been impossible in a traditional motorhome. It's really easy and comfortable to live in and the build quality is excellent.

 

We couldn't recommend Explorer highly enough. We have no idea why anyone would want any other kind of motorhome.

 

GRANT AND CATHY, AUCKLAND

Testimonials
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Ford Ranger is the best choice for the job

 

We only build Explorers on Ford Ranger utes; recognised as the best on the market for comfort, features and all-important power.

MORE POWER TO YOU

With 2 litre Bi-turbo and 154kw of engine power you won’t be stuck in queues anywhere in an Explorer even if you want to tow a trailer or boat.

BUILT TO HANDLE THE ROUGH

 

We completely upgrade the suspension and GVM (gross vehicle mass) to 3500kg, but otherwise, the Ranger is an extremely well specified ute with a stack of safety features for maximum stability and handling wherever you are. And that includes in water up to 500mm deep!

 

 

Vehicle

FORD RANGER XL

4WD AUTOMATIC

2L BiTURBO DIESEL

SINGLE CAB - 2 SEATS

 

Power: 2L 154kW @ 3,750rpm

Torque: 500Nm @ 1,750 - 2,000rpm

Airbags: Driver and passenger, front and curtain

ABS Brakes with Dynamic Stability Control

4WD Shift-on-the-fly switching between 2WD and 4WD

Safety Rating: 5-Star ANCAP

Adaptive Cruise Control

Lane Keeping Alert

Bluetooth

Remote Central Locking

Engine Immobiliser

Power Windows and Mirrors

Cab Air Conditioning

Warrant of Fitness only required
Nationwide Ford Service Centres

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Battery System Upgrade

Redarc RedVision & Lithium Battery System Option

Explorer’s optional electrical system delivers better performance and therefore much greater opportunity and off-the-grid peace-of-mind.


Lithium batteries can endure up to ten times more charge cycles than the equivalent-sized lead acid battery; can be fully discharged and recharged in 3 - 4 hours.


The heart of the Redarc RedVision system is a battery management unit that operates like six separate products; a DC-to-DC battery charger when the vehicle is on the move, a 240-volt 30-amp mains charger, a 30-amp MPPT solar regulator, a starting battery isolator, a load disconnect controller and a battery monitor.

 

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