Recent content by pnichols

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    Expedition Vehicle selection thoughts?

    I'd pick a new one-ton SWR Ford/Chevy/Ram 4X4 PU truck model and have these guys build one of their heavily optioned coachs onto it's frame after they remove the stock bed:
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    Expedition Vehicles: ridiculously overpriced or not

    This is about enough "expedition vehicle" for me at around $175K new, with options, to nicely explore at least North and South America:
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    What makes a Unicat worth more than a Earth Roamer?

    The "perfect" expedition vehicle would be one that never breaks or declines in performance. The "best" expedition vehicle would be the one that is easiest to repair anywhere anytime whenever it does break or decline in performance. Also, K.I.S.S. is usually the best approach to use when...
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    Pressurize a camper

    Establishing and maintaining a small amount of pressure on the inside of most RV's - whether towed or self powered - need not be rocket science. We have a good old Winnebago built Itasca 24 foot Class C motorhome based on an overkill E450 chassis that we occasionally take off-highway in the...
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    2003 Cruiser 4x4 Motorhome

    Why so much lift?? For off-road use the center of gravity should be as low as possible. Just barely enough lift for fender clearance of whatever size tires you want to use is all the lift that should be used. Also, even though the current owner had no choice, an E450 chassis instead of an...
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    EarthRoamer Cost?

    The main problem with Earthroamers used (only) in the U.S. is ... where and when are ya gonna use it to it's fullest? We take our 2WD 24 foot E450 Class C non-slide motorhome with oversize tires out in the middle of nowhere (in dry weather) right here in the good old American West ... no...
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    EXD 350 - EarthCruiser on flat bed

    I'm curious .... what is hydronic/radient heating, how does it run for days on the battery, and what is it's source of fuel?
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    FOR SALE: 2005 F-450 4x4 Utility Body w/ Starcraft Pine Mountain Lonestar Pop-top Camper

    You can improve on that 4:88 gearing the same way I did with my E450 motorhome's 4:56 gearing - install larger diameter tires on it. Larger diameter tires of course make overall gearing taller ... thus counter-acting the 4:88 ratio of your differential. Another big plus is that ground...
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    EXD 350 - EarthCruiser on flat bed

    An excellent idea for maybe bringing more affordability into the Earthroamer line! Base them/it on a crank-up coach design though - to keep overall vehicle traveling height low. My only "dislike" of the otherwise outstanding Earthroamer models is their HEIGHT.
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    FOR SALE: 2005 F-450 4x4 Utility Body w/ Starcraft Pine Mountain Lonestar Pop-top Camper

    That blue cellular booster amp in the photo looks just like the one in my 2005 E450 24' Class C. I'm not sure the amp will work for 4G though - mine only seems to work for 3G and lower cellular. Bummer. You're gonna love that V10 ... it purrs like a kitten when you want ... but punches you...
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    OT: Who is building their rig in case of a Doomsday scenario?

    I might be enlightening if some of you would watch/rewatch Kevin Costner in the "The Postman". That movie depicts what most likely would be the scenario U.S.A. folks would be facing after a end-of-life-as-we-know-it event that affected us in the good old U.S. of A. In that movie no...