Never before has such an aesthetically complex, integrated design been produced anywhere globally, in the motorhome world. The White Rhino has taken the traditional, antiquated nautical approach to fiberglass and thrown it out.
Furthermore, we committed our design to one chassis, and one chassis only. A project of this magnitude is not about one size fits all approach. This is about producing a body indistinguishable from OEM design, perfectly matched to the Iveco Daily 4x4. By heavily investing in CAM-based manufacturing, we can produce organically shaped, exacting moulds as needed. No bits of MDF and car bog here. No stretch this, or shut that.
Instead, we used the same 3D surfacing technology typically embraced by car manufacturers to design and develop our ideas. With substantial engineering support provided by OEM Iveco as a starting point, we further invested well over two thousand hours in CAD design alone. This seat time, by two professional mechanical engineers, has enabled us to take the dream to the reality.
We have made significant upgrades to our facility, to enable us to manage and undertake the entire process in house. From the concept to the tangible manufacture of the patterns and moulds on the latest CAM equipment. We support Australian manufacturing, and as such have performed the mould work right here on the Sunshine Coast.
The motorhome has traditionally been a desperate attempt to embody one's house on the road. We see this as a boring approach, so we went ahead and added a few cheeky shots of fun. In the same vein as buying the latest dirt bike, or side by side and tearing up your favourite track - we want the White Rhino to be exciting. Built with intent. Bold. Refreshing. A place where true emotion and pride of ownership meets substantial purpose based engineering, and design.
Beall, J. (2016) How to build a White Rhino. 2nd edn. Queensland. EVA Office, Later Factory.
What will be even more obvious, is our new approach to the ordering process. With extensive review and consultation with a number of customers, we have developed three spec levels. Rather than offer an option list, that increases build variation and complexity, we will offer a few limited options, and have most things added already at a reduced cost. No one will miss out on having their say, and we are not going to go all Henry Ford on you. But we are saying that as labour is the highest single cost in producing the vehicle, it is far easier (and therefore cheaper) to include more accessories and keep the builds consistent than it is to change. So we will have a win/win situation. We build quicker and you the customer gets more.
A few sneaky secrets to whet the appetite;
We also have a significant number of industry firsts added to this project, all with the aim of raising the bar. #EVANEXTLEVEL These especially juicy details we will save for now....
Coming soon to EVA, our new expedition truck - the White Rhino.
23/10/2018 Outer Shell has been released!
The Build continues...
The Layout is coming together well. A fresh concept we came up with to increase bench space.
Unlike others, our WR is glassed together like a boat at all stages. Each component if formed using Thermolite panel for a massively strong product that is incredibly light. Yes, it costs more but so does an Omega watch.MSA drawers for under-bed storage.
Plenty of room in the rear, with sub floor storage.
Our experience in Expedition Vehicle building goes back to 2013, when we started developing a number of hybrid fiberglass / panel constructed builds.