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Posted: 06/03/14 11:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mello Mike wrote:

I like it, too!!! Rather have a Unimog with a popup, but I'd take it if it was given to me. [emoticon]


I mean, yes, add me to the give away list too! I'd surely take that problem off their hands, nothing like being neighborly. [emoticon]


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805gregg wrote:

The little windows look like the owner are a little paranoid, more like a jail cell


They are designed for Global travel...not everywhere is as safe as the USA...


Then I'm not so sure I want to go camping there!

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Looks like a C to me, or an oversize B+.

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FreeLanceing wrote:

Looks like a C to me, or an oversize B+.


A "Super B", as opposed to a Super C?


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Sluggo54 wrote:

Back in 2006 there was one of these in Yellowstone, with French occupants. They were all over my case because I didn't shut off my Duramax while setting up my fifth wheel, thus I was wasting the earth's resources. Had I not idled the truck while getting off the hitch and leveling, I would have been short battery power in that no hook-up, no gennie world.
Finally had to get rude to get them to go away.


Tell them you could idle your DMax all night for less fuel than they use to go 50 miles!!


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Sluggo54 wrote:

Back in 2006 there was one of these in Yellowstone, with French occupants. They were all over my case because I didn't shut off my Duramax while setting up my fifth wheel, thus I was wasting the earth's resources. Had I not idled the truck while getting off the hitch and leveling, I would have been short battery power in that no hook-up, no gennie world.
Finally had to get rude to get them to go away.


Knowing the French, they would have scolded you for showering and using deodorant too!

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jmcgsd wrote:

I've often thought those things must be mighty toasty in the desert on a 110F day!


The body will be built from 3" rigid foam---fantastic insulation, so would be cooler than American built RVs---it may well have AC unit under the floor------the windows on all European built RVs/campers/travel trailers are double glazed and made from a type of plastic

We have a friend who has just finished building one of these on an old German 4X4 army truck chassis/cab----it has NO ECUs or other electricary to give headaches when away from garages with fancy computer equipment
Nigel

You call it a 'monster truck'-----our friends one which looks just the same as pic. (but on a Merc) has the same foot-print as our Dodge dually and Lance de-mountable

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See these vehicles all over the world and they are by far the most impractical vehicles you could invent. Apart from the major deserts and of course any Walmart parking lot, they are just too big for most unpaved roads, too heavy for a lot of bridges and too wide for many forest tracks.

Mind you, a F350 with Bigfoot camper on the back ends up about the same size and has just as bad a turning circle.


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tony lee wrote:

See these vehicles all over the world and they are by far the most impractical vehicles you could invent. Apart from the major deserts and of course any Walmart parking lot, they are just too big for most unpaved roads, too heavy for a lot of bridges and too wide for many forest tracks.

Mind you, a F350 with Bigfoot camper on the back ends up about the same size and has just as bad a turning circle.


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The thing is-------most of the people that have these trucks have not done a 'trip' before they build/buy one------and on paper they look like the best compromise vehicle for a two or three year trip into 'remote areas'--------the problems are many, but the biggest one that I see is their bulk----they are very expensive to ship, and, as with our de-mountable they limit by being tall and wide on tracks----------but if, like us you want to be independant and self contained they offer a good compromise IMHO
A VW camper is easier to travel with but not nearly as comfortable.
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The German Expedition vehicle that you saw was doubtlessly on its way from Overland Expo in Flagstaff. I attended the gathering this year in my F350/Avion camper and stayed in the TC rally area at the far end of the Expo. But, you're right, they are amazing looking behemoths-but they're not "truck campers":

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R to L: 2014 Unimog Expedition/2003 Defender Range Rover with tent top/1999 Freightliner Conversion/Orange 2013 Unimog with vertical slide for two story interior and roof balcony/2009 Unimog

Try a thought experiment with these machines: As I wandered around the 6,000+ adventure folks I thought of the Expedition motorcycles like Cheetahs, perhaps the TCs were a little like Gnus and Wildebeests, the Rovers like Zebras...but the Unimogs were like Elephants. Unwieldy grazing animals but fun to watch.

I know that everyone can make up their own menagerie, since we're missing the predators from this scenario.

What was very interesting is that the organizers of the OX5, Jonathon and Roseann Hanson - who are world expedition experts, gave a special presentation of their vehicle: A 2014 Toyota Tacoma - nearly stock - with a custom made 4WheelCamper on the back. In other words, a TC. they are shipping it to South Africa for their journey this fall.

I had to move my TC from the rally area because I got pinned in..long story...but I had a little taste of the other behemoths besides the Unimogs. Its why I prefer boondocking or rallying with TCs.

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