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RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

The Fuso, a lowly 161 hp. But, it's meant for efficiency in commercial use, not high performance recreation. Recreation demands "fun factor". Look at boats - an offshore sports fisher can run 1500 hp, all to catch 3 tunas. A commercial trawler with a 25,000 lbs salmon hold may run a 90hp Perkins. That Fuso is only a 3 Litre Diesel, these are 5.2 Diesels Fuso can go to 480hp, 2300lb ft of torque The one I drove was a 3.9 liter, 140 hp IIRC. (this was about 15 years ago) It could not maintain 60 mph on a 6% grade empty. The 5.2L Isuzus have much more power, but still only half what a new HD diesel pickup has. They might haul 5K and tow 9K on the flat at 60 mph, but on a grade it's 35 mph, right lane, flashers on. I see it all the time with the landscape company trucks. Many of them run a crewcab with a 12' landscape body towing a large tandem axle enclosed trailer so they are probably at about the aforementioned weights. And they are miserably slow on the hills. what you talking about was pretty underpowered, again it is a light Truck. You can have a 10,000lb payload same 8000lb/ 9000lb Caravan 4x4 Truck. Depends on the truck you use. I doubt anyone here would use a Japanese Tractor truck, but you even get them cheaply enough 2nd hand.
RobertRyan 02/21/21 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

we love pickups so much they developed their own sub-categories of "light" and "heavy". Throw in marketing, enter the Ford, not light, not even heavy, but "super" duty! In the real trucking world, yes, they're all light. However, North American market demands 400+ hp trucks that can yank an 18,000 lbs trailer up a grade at 70 mph. So in the power sense an F350 really is "heavy duty" by any standard. i.e. more power than some Class 8s. I'd personally love a light COE truck, with 4x4. But realize I'm in the 1% enthusiast group, and OEMs won't cater to us. I like the way they drive too. I see one running around my area that's all built up as a fifth wheel puller. I'd like to ask him what he's done to the motor, if anything. When I was still doing landscaping I test drove a really nice little Fuso 4x4 dump truck. Problem was it was so underpowered it could barely get out of it's own way empty. Towing or hauling a heavy load would have been miserably slow. A lot of large Japanese Trucks are large 5tg wheel pullers here.
RobertRyan 02/21/21 03:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

The Fuso, a lowly 161 hp. But, it's meant for efficiency in commercial use, not high performance recreation. Recreation demands "fun factor". Look at boats - an offshore sports fisher can run 1500 hp, all to catch 3 tunas. A commercial trawler with a 25,000 lbs salmon hold may run a 90hp Perkins. That Fuso is only a 3 Litre Diesel, these are 5.2 Diesels Fuso can go to 480hp, 2300lb ft of torque
RobertRyan 02/21/21 03:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

I test drove a really nice little Fuso 4x4 dump truck. Problem was it was so underpowered it could barely get out of it's own way empty. Towing or hauling a heavy load would have been miserably slow. Yeah, RR, what kind of power are these "light trucks" putting down? They're cool, but seems all our class 5-7 COE trucks here are pretty neutered in the power department. Enough to drag a 5000b payload and a 8000lb to 9000lb Caravan at a cruising speed of 60mph
RobertRyan 02/21/21 02:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

we love pickups so much they developed their own sub-categories of "light" and "heavy". Throw in marketing, enter the Ford, not light, not even heavy, but "super" duty! In the real trucking world, yes, they're all light. However, North American market demands 400+ hp trucks that can yank an 18,000 lbs trailer up a grade at 70 mph. So in the power sense an F350 really is "heavy duty" by any standard. i.e. more power than some Class 8s. I'd personally love a light COE truck, with 4x4. But realize I'm in the 1% enthusiast group, and OEMs won't cater to us. Here the heavy payloads of these Japanese Trucks are what they are used for. Depends on the Japanese Truck you can yank 20,000- 30,000lbs up a grade, but the one illustrated is a reasonably priced vehicle that can carry a nuch heavier payload than a F350 but a 9,900lb Caravan
RobertRyan 02/16/21 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

When you say light Jpn trucks these come to mind :) https://youtu.be/NKqSZD6-Y4Q They are Kei Trucks really mini trucks. Japanese Mediums range from 33,000lb GVWR to 58,000lb GVWR, there is like the Kei vehicles no equivalent US classification.
RobertRyan 02/13/21 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

You can't throw a rock around here without hitting one. They are very popular with landscaping companies and you see lots of box trucks too. I can't imagine them ever catching on as a tow vehicle for a travel trailer when a full size HD pickup is better at that specific job in every way except turning radius. There are many other jobs that these trucks excel at but as a personal use tow vehicle, not so much. problem here is US Pickups have a payload problem. So if you have a pretty substahtial payload, these are the way to go. As well they can retail at Aus$60,000 dollars
RobertRyan 02/13/21 07:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

I wouldn't call and truck that has a payload capacity of over 8 tons "light". Unfortunately, light in Oz includes all rigs to about 25-30k gvw. Where as here, you are up into the class 7 max 33k gvw both light duty to 14k g w, then medium duty from 14001-33,000 gvw. So I would suggest EVERYONE take OPs light vs med vs heavy vs super train truck classifications with a grain of salt. Marty Exactly, a US Truck eg F350 would be a Ute or Pickup here. Japanese manufacturers think anything under 33,000lb GVWR is a light Truck
RobertRyan 02/13/21 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Years ago I rented a UHaul truck for a 100 mile move. Great, an Isuzu diesel, should get great mileage. By the end of the trip my back and right leg were killing me. Had to keep the darn thing floored to make 60 mph! Not with these can cruise at 60mph, normal highway speeds when towing.
RobertRyan 02/13/21 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

When I think of Light Japanese Trucks my mind goes to the old Datsun and Isuzu built Chevy LUV Trucks. :) These are light Trucks here a Japanese Medium can go to 58,000lb GVWR
RobertRyan 02/13/21 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Much to my surprise Japanese Light Trucks are gaining momentum for pulling 26ft+ Travel Trailers https://i.postimg.cc/rFsFkkDM/arkajon-isuzu-2021-a7r07952-digital-jdms.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/QdVb1HVw/arkajon-isuzu-2021-dji-0505-digital-wpxt.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/63VLtZ12/arkajon-isuzu-2021-a7r08237-digital-d3r7.jpg
RobertRyan 02/12/21 10:21pm Tow Vehicles
Australian Travel Trailer Company Sponsor of US Event

Never thought I would see the day when an Australian Travel Trailer company Has become the major sponsor of a US Overland event.Kimberley Kampers are the major sponsors of a Overland event.
RobertRyan 02/09/21 02:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

The inside shots are great looks really nice to nice to take out in the back country there but hey if you do your doing it in style!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again really like seeing the units from over there More a large Truck carrying a House and a Toy Hauler, similar to the US Super C's Except the KW is more capable than a Freightliner
RobertRyan 01/29/21 03:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

To me the floorplan and exterior look appear very "American". Similar to the Dynamax, although a cut above in both quality and price. The KW chassis is a premium truck compared with the more middle of the road Freightliner, and the Dynamax uses a lighter duty drivetrain and chassis. Not everyone needs a toyhauler with a GCWR of 80K+, but it would be pretty cool to have one Correct they are making an American SuperC with a much more heavy duty truck. Australian Kenworths are designed and built in Australia. Models are pretty different to the US KW
RobertRyan 01/28/21 10:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

Then again Motorhomes are different in Australia https://i.postimg.cc/Kj15DhQ0/images-jpeg-18.jpg
RobertRyan 01/28/21 02:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

This is not a One Off Unique new prime mover motorhome sets new standard in luxury touring A first-of-its-kind mega-luxury motorhome, built on one of the toughest truck bodies in the Australian market and fitted to the standard of a super yacht, has hit the road priced from $878,900 plus on-road costs. Produced by Queensland-based commercial truck body specialist STG Global, the Kenworth T410-based Dreamliner motorhome "aims to fill a gap in the Australian market for spacious five-star luxury recreational vehicles, with 500 horsepower, capacity for six passengers and the ability to live ‘off grid’," the company said.
RobertRyan 01/28/21 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

A shot of the interior and overall view https://i.postimg.cc/qMNB3Qss/dreamliner-9.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/MTxVZHFF/dreamliner-12.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/fbWS1ptG/dreamliner-15.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/8C3kw0hB/dreamliner-1.jpg
RobertRyan 01/28/21 01:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now this is different an Australian Super C

I guess that this is a custom job. No manufacturer's name, and the tandem-axle KW truck is huge overkill for that (relatively light) load. Now know it is not . Quite a few things happening with Motorhomes here.
RobertRyan 01/26/21 03:57pm Class C Motorhomes
Now this is different an Australian Super C

Amazing what is rurning up lately. RV industry in Australia is going ballistic This was built on an Australian model Kenworth built in Australia Well it is in productuon Unique new prime mover motorhome sets new standard in luxury touring A first-of-its-kind mega-luxury motorhome, built on one of the toughest truck bodies in the Australian market and fitted to the standard of a super yacht, has hit the road priced from $878,900 plus on-road costs. Produced by Queensland-based commercial truck body specialist STG Global, the Kenworth T410-based Dreamliner motorhome "aims to fill a gap in the Australian market for spacious five-star luxury recreational vehicles, with 500 horsepower, capacity for six passengers and the ability to live ‘off grid’," the company said. https://i.postimg.cc/MTzTCS97/FB-IMG-1611614740758.jpg
RobertRyan 01/25/21 03:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Aussie 5th Wheelers are getting more numerous and bigger

Thanks, those interiors are gorgeous. Truck pulking the 42ft Heartland Oakmont and smart car is a 1998 Mitsubishi Fuso. No Japanese Truck like this has been sold in the US
RobertRyan 11/12/20 02:10pm Fifth-Wheels
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