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RE: 2017 Earth Roamer

The Ultimate Off Road RV... Link No it is not the Ultimate ,a lot better companies and chassis for Off Road Expedition vehicles
RobertRyan 05/17/17 06:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

The VW Crafter is nothing more than a Sprinter with different grill and headlights, hood, etc, other wise it is a private label version of the Sprinter. Charles No built in same factory different engine and engineering differences. , It has been completely redesigned by MAN trucks, there is even a MAN trucks version. MB Sprinter is now very different and does not share any of the Crafter body,engine or engineering,Crafter built in new factory in Poland http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpstoldne3p.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/11/17 08:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Argo goes on a trip...

Looks great! Runs great! The adventures of Argo are now being written in the Avionista Book Of Life. It looks more like a pickup based Motohome, rather than a TC,especially with the cladding near the base of the vehicle. http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsupqqmwbq.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/11/17 02:16am Truck Campers
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Maybe VW can bring the Crafter to this side of the pond... Or their pickup truck. I'll guarantee that their diesel will meet all standards required, one way or the other. bumpy Crafter is more a European Van. Amarok, is sold in Latin America, Australia and New Zealand primarily.
RobertRyan 05/10/17 10:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Maybe VW can bring the Crafter to this side of the pond... Or their pickup truck. Crafter is more like the Transit built to a 3.5 ton level. Europeans and here normally go to a basic truck if a lot heavier. IVECO in the 70c or now 72c variant has a RAWR greater than the E450. I think manufacturers maybe reluctant to off something like the IVECO Tonto off the shelf Ultimate European Super C Class. In this case on a Mercedes Truck Chassis, combination Motorhome and Toy Hauler http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpstr4immut.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/10/17 08:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Dominant issues are economic, imports have to deal with the 25% tariff on light trucks. Daimler uses knockdown kits assembled in the U.S., Ford and FCA have opted for U.S. final assembly with high NAFTA component content, as have GM/Izuzu and Toyota (Hino brand). FIAT can figure out how to produce their Iveco brand for our market, if they think the market is worthwhile. Same for Renault/Nissan or PSA, both big in light trucks globally but not currently in the U.S. market. Yep, the chicken tax kills the competition here. Truck and auto mfg love it but its bad for the consumer. Charlees A Renault Master Class C http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zps4oafvz2b.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/09/17 09:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Robert, do you think some American RV Mfgrs will soon be building on the IVECO chassis? Dominant issues are economic, imports have to deal with the 25% tariff on light trucks. Daimler uses knockdown kits assembled in the U.S., Ford and FCA have opted for U.S. final assembly with high NAFTA component content, as have GM/Izuzu and Toyota (Hino brand). FIAT can figure out how to produce their Iveco brand for our market, if they think the market is worthwhile. Same for Renault/Nissan or PSA, both big in light trucks globally but not currently in the U.S. market. No they are not. More known for Vans in Europe, their are truck like cab chassis variants of the Vans though. FCA has RAM in North America.IVECO is part of the CNH grouping, quite a separate Company.. Renault Trucks does make a similar range of light, medium and heavy trucks, but they are owned by Volvo, not Renault. Renault Defence Vehicles is another separate entity. Renault did produce a Heavy Van like the IVECO Daily, it was called the Mascott, but it was dropped and replaced by a basic truck when Volvo bought Renault Trucks. Renault Trucks owned by Volvo http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpslkvdwmfb.jpg width=640 This is a Van produced by Renault/ Nissan and is used a Class C base Renault Master. http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsnplqudog.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/09/17 05:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Tree limb suspension: AO This was series in Australia about Semi Desert Tribal aborigines and their ingenious efforts to get a car moving Aboriginal " Bush Mechanics"
RobertRyan 05/08/17 05:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hybrid pickup by Workhorse

And locomotives in the USA have been hybrids to this day....ever since they replaced steam locomotives Guess those miles and miles long freight train hauling/towing rail cars are 'not' hybrids ???? Hybrid aspect is the electric transmission a mechanical gearbox would be huge.
RobertRyan 05/08/17 04:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

You seem to get very limited selections in the US of overseas trucks. A example would be your " Mitsubishi Fuso" which is the small Canter anywhere else. Mitsubishi Fuso(owned by Mercedes Benz) has trucks that pull 100tons. I would say the US importers have only brought the light delivery trucks into the US That is a little strange, in the mid 90's Isuzu medium duty trucks up to 32K GVWR were pretty common. I drove one, and it was nicer and easier to drive than any US truck of the same time period. Correct ,It would seem that they are now all light duty trucks.sold in the US. 32000lb by the way is a light Medium truck. Isuzu's Medium Trucks go to 50,000lb outside NA. Chevrolets new Medium Truck to be sold in the US is a rebadged Isuzu
RobertRyan 05/08/17 03:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Taking in extremes this is the IVECO Tonto Extreme 4x4 Motorhome. Powered by a IVECO 13 litre 560hp Diesel, it is a very capable Off Road Bus or Motorhome. http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsexjcdcdg.jpeg width=640
RobertRyan 05/08/17 05:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Sunliner using the IVECO introduced a "Mixed Terrain" Motorhome http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsvdd85k2t.jpg width=640 http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpspgeds9ox.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/08/17 04:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Actually they make a vast range of Trucks from the IVECO Daily to Quarry Trucks. I saw that when I gOOgled IVECO and read about them. I think the only ones I ever actually recognized as IVECO were single-axle cab-over box trucks. If I had to guess the GCWR I'd say no more than 26,000 pounds. I also read they halted truck operations in USA around 1990. You seem to get very limited selections in the US of overseas trucks. A example would be your " Mitsubishi Fuso" which is the small Canter anywhere else. Mitsubishi Fuso(owned by Mercedes Benz) has trucks that pull 100tons. I would say the US importers have only brought the light delivery trucks into the US
RobertRyan 05/07/17 07:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

I was disappointed at the carrying capacity and the length motorhome that could be built on Sprinter. Surely Ford Transit would be better. NOPE! Smaller, lighter MoHo's being offered on the Ford. So now what? That Daily looks like something that would fill the bill. But... Nobody's interested in the MoHo market all by itself. If a MFR knows they have a good offering for a small market segment, they aren't going to enter if they also feel they can't capture a profitable share of the mainstream. Such as box trucks in this case... I remember seeing IVECO trucks in USA years ago, and I thought they had their place in the "delivery truck" market. Actually they make a vast range of Trucks from the IVECO Daily to Quarry Trucks http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsmpk9ql7z.jpeg width=640 http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpseyz2j5w2.jpeg width=640
RobertRyan 05/07/17 07:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

I was disappointed at the carrying capacity and the length motorhome that could be built on Sprinter. Surely Ford Transit would be better. NOPE! Smaller, lighter MoHo's being offered on the Ford. So now what? That Daily looks like something that would fill the bill. But... Nobody's interested in the MoHo market all by itself. If a MFR knows they have a good offering for a small market segment, they aren't going to enter if they also feel they can't capture a profitable share of the mainstream. Such as box trucks in this case... I remember seeing IVECO trucks in USA years ago, and I thought they had their place in the "delivery truck" market.
RobertRyan 05/07/17 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

How about Ford Transits ? There are a few MH built on the Transit chassis starting to show up in the US. They used to use Ford Transits in Australia. Mercedes Benz Sprinters, Fiat Ducato, IVECO and now the Renault Master are the preferred chassis. Current Transit is a bit light. Early Ford Transit 2010 http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zps3qgxxtu2.jpeg width=640
RobertRyan 05/07/17 07:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

Robert, do you think some American RV Mfgrs will soon be building on the IVECO chassis? We will see how pervasive Sergio is. Not many , like on this Forum, know it exists outside Europe.. It was the winner of the European Van of the year , last year. Yes Sergio has a winner in the Van and it's variants. Problem it is a 7 tonne Van, and as Tatest would point out too heavy for many European secondary roads. It has been here a tractor for 5th wheelers, a TC base vehicle, Emergency Light Tanker, Bank Security Van, Expedition Vehicle base, Motorhome base, Light Bus and in Europe a basis for a Armoured Personnel Carrier http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpskminsjjk.jpeg width=640 Or a Car Transporter http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsfqmdr5pb.jpg width=640
RobertRyan 05/07/17 04:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

If you want to go Off Road, the 55c version has a 5,000lb payload, 8,000 towing http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsmcfjua2d.jpg width=640 http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsheovemme.jpg width=640 IVECO Daily 70c van has a 9,000lb Payload http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsav8g6bah.jpeg width=640
RobertRyan 05/07/17 03:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

A. It sure looks they have a great design for keeping the cabover bed free of water leaks during the life of the rig. :C B. The coach structure looks like it has marginal ground clearance for boondock camping in the Outback. :( C. The coach entrance door and slide appear to be on the wrong side. :B These are pretty similar to a E450 Winnebago in ground clearance, bit heavier in GVWR. They are quite waterproof Off Road 4x4 IVECO Daily is something else, has replaced Unimogs as a Expedition Vehicle base
RobertRyan 05/07/17 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: These are rapidly replacing the Sprinter in Australia

I have seen a few Iveco trucks on the road here in the US but they are rare. Never have seen one of their vans. Diesel, isn't it? Yes they are Diesel, but the IVECO Trucks you would have seen in the US would have been mighty old. European ,Japanese Vans do not have Gas engines. Gas engines died out in the early 1960's outside NA in Commercial applications.
RobertRyan 05/07/17 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
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