Bruder makes some of the sturdiest yet most luxurious off-road camper trailers in the world, and while overpriced to outsiders, the company shows no signs of slowing down. In late 2021 it launched a new flagship called the EXP-8 at the top of its line, and now it’s squeezed the new EXP-7 to just below the 8 and above its original flagship EXP- 6 position.
The EXP-7 actually offers slightly more size and sleeping capacity than the EXP-8, but the real appeal of the new model is combining some of the best features of the 8 and 6 into a comfortable anytime indoor/outdoor base camp. It might just be Bruder’s most intriguing all-around trailer yet.
At 23 feet (7 meters) long, the new EXP-7 is about half a foot (15 centimeters) longer overall than the EXP-8 and a full foot (30 centimeters) longer than the EXP-6. But the EXP-8 isn’t just a flagship for its size — it also packs Bruder’s most focused four-season performance package, meant for pole-to-pole travel with stops between scorching deserts.Specifically, Bruder’s “true 21st century four-season global exploration platform” is designed for temperatures of -22 degrees °Floor (-30 °C) and 140 °Female (60 °C) and tested at altitudes above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
In contrast, the all-new EXP-7 is designed for more realistic climatic conditions, like the Bruder trailer that preceded the EXP-8. That’s not to say it can’t handle some extreme weather, but it’s not as designed for the task as the 8.
The EXP-7 still incorporates Bruder’s ultra-sturdy airtight square tube chassis with a 60mm marine-grade closed-cell composite body, both of which have been engineered to work together to reduce vibration and handle any issues that may come your way. The company’s patented air suspension system places two monotube remote canister shocks at each of the four wheels for increased travel and leveling.
Where the EXP-7 really differs from the EXP-8 is with the signature EXP-6 high-end features. Like the 6, the EXP-7 was available in fixed roof (GT) and pop-top (PT) styles. The power pop-up roof is designed to lower trailer towing and storage heights, while the hardtop GT is recommended for those looking for the highest level of insulation and hard-wall protection. The PT’s ride height is 7.7 feet (2.4 m) with the roof closed and the suspension in its lowest position, while the GT’s ride height is just under 8.5 feet (2.6 m).
Since the EXP-7 isn’t as focused on extreme weather as the EXP-8, it brings cooking back outside, offering an indoor/outdoor cooking setup much like the EXP-6. The central storage hatch includes outdoor pantry storage, as well as access to the kitchen countertop, portable two-burner induction cooker and sink. Whether indoors or out, chefs have the cold room within easy reach thanks to a 57L slide-out outdoor fridge/freezer next to the pantry and a 136L door fridge/freezer inside.
The EXP-7 inherited the EXP-8’s left and right entry doors, in stark contrast to the EXP-6 and its tailgate hatch. This can be especially useful when returning to a cramped campsite, making it difficult to open the rear hatch and/or obstructing access to one of the sides.
Inside, the new EXP-7 PT sleeps up to six people, while the GT sleeps up to four. Both feature a 60 x 80 in (153 x 203 cm) queen bed and sofa lounge amidships. The EXP-7 collection also includes bathrooms with hot/cold showers, sinks, vanities and composting toilets. An outdoor hot and cold shower is also standard, and a 200-litre fresh water tank provides ample onboard water capacity.
The battery capacity of the EXP-7’s “tweener electrical system” is half that of the Extreme Weather EXP-8, and it’s still a large 10.8 kWh lithium battery pack. The battery works with a 3,000 watt inverter, a 1,245 watt rooftop solar array, AC and DC chargers, a full touchscreen power management system, and AC, 12V, and USB outlet loads.
Other interesting EXP-7 specs include triple filter supercharging, a built-in 12V HD Smart TV and diesel hydronic heating and hot water.
Bruder launched the EXP-7 this month, and prices for the EXP-7 PT start at $160,250, or A$258,500 after GST. Prices for the GT start at $165,500, or AU$267,850 including GST. Available add-ons include an exterior tent for outdoor showers, a 4,500-pound (2,040-kg) rear winch, sound system, Starlink Internet readiness package, front-loading washer, and additional fresh water and battery capacity.