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  1. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    Our truck had well over 400K km when we sold her (we put on 200k) . As far as I know the turbo was still original.
  2. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    I think I had to remove the turbo to get my starter out.
  3. Joe917

    How do you level your rig when camping?

    Two level bubbles in the cab. From the position of the bubbles I can tell how many wood blocks and which corner(s). Shovel for extremes. Simple, quick , cheap.
  4. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    The cab should reach a point where it "tips over" so that you have to pump it back to lower. This prevents it from dropping on you inadvertently. It is possible that the oversize cab may not lift far enough for this to happen.
  5. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    The oversize cab is probably not factory. All work done by a "fire truck coach builder", so...
  6. Joe917

    TATRA 6x6 or 8x8

    Good luck getting any parts out of Russia now
  7. Joe917

    Unimog Camper under construction

    OK so first thought is you have just introduced one more failure point. Second thought is it sure would have been nice on some of our 1 hour and more descents in south America.
  8. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    pm sent
  9. Joe917

    Full size wheelbase

    Turning circle would be a bigger concern than breakover angle.
  10. Joe917

    4x4 rental in Bolivia?

    We saw these vehicles all over Chile/Patigonia/Argentina They may allow Bolivia.
  11. Joe917

    Why does solar controller show voltage from panel after moving camper out of the sun?

    You may be surprised by how much panels put out even on overcast days. It is a common misunderstanding that panels need direct sunlight. Partial shading of a panel can dramatically reduce output.
  12. Joe917

    WTB, Wrappon green toilet

    There is nothing green about a toilet that wraps your waste in plastic. Go Natures Head or Airhead.
  13. Joe917

    Wool Insulation?

    You will get no strength from the wool. It is a viable option for residential building, or even a van where strength is not needed. A foam core composite panel is very strong, if you are building a shell, foam core is the way to go. Stick framing and filling in the voids with insulation will...
  14. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    There is also a 24V 200 amp alternator available. Our truck had one, the only alternator I have seen with a grease point!
  15. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    These guys are incompetent.
  16. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    The pneumatics on all these trucks are different. Our hose coupling was on the passenger side. You can pump air into the tank with compressor and a double male fitting. Caging the rear brakes is the more typical way to to release the brakes for towing.
  17. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    Keep cool,don't panic. As long as everyone is safe it can all be solved. Every American mechanic will run a mile at first. There is nothing complicated about these engines other than the 24 volt system. Most mechanics I have met have drooled over the Mercedes engine. Neutral does not matter...
  18. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    Should have air pressure after a 5 min stop. Charging is fine but: it takes time, is there power available? Are the batteries finished anyway after transport?
  19. Joe917

    Mercedes Overland Building/Tuning

    Batteries new? before or after shipping? if before shipping it may have sat weeks with a small load killing your new batteries. Check cable connections again. The starter is in a tough place to access below the turbo(my replacement starter took a week from Germany) . Best bet is get a tow start...
  20. Joe917

    Byers Guide Diesel heaters by ExPortal

    1. It is adding coolant hose and radiators, not particularly failure prone when correctly installed. 2.yep 3. When living full time in a vehicle you keep the habitat heated all the time when it is cold. Our small wet bath with a large wall radiator/towel bar heated up quite fast, pure luxury! 4...