To quote a long time member of this forum and a San Diego "BIG WATER" Surf Boat Captain... "SLOW is PRO"!!! Until you experience a high speed "lock-up" in an 11 ton truck, you will never understand!Your right, no desire for high speed runs. Just with 70mph speed limits here, maxing out at 55mph is going to be painful.
That's exactly my thought process. But I'm struggling with finding a Mercedes Doka 4x4 here in the states, hell, I've never even seen one in person (going to Expo East, so here's to hoping). I just got off the phone with Martin from Terra Exp, nice guy, helpful, but all their trucks are in Germany, you have to buy it sight unseen, all the work is done in Germany, so that means I don't get to see the build up. Flying back and forth to Germany to see it, ask questions, learn about it, etc. is not very practical.You guys are correct that the engine of the LMTV are well known in the heavy machinery industry. But what about the electrical system? Transmission? Brakes? Axles? When I imported a European Sprinter into Canada. I was prepared to source parts from Europe. That itself was fairly easy and surprisingly cheap if you know where to look. But the biggest problem was finding someone willing to work on it. Pretty much every shop in town said no thank you with no interest in studying European repair manuals. Keep in mind, that's for a vehicle that is known in North America! Now think about what will happen with the LMTV in Asia, Africa, Europe..... A Mercedes on the other hand still requires some improvising, but at least it's a global platform with manuals available in any language.
Not a bad idea brother! I had my brake pedal go to the floor on a race track before- not a good feeling...To quote a long time member of this forum and a San Diego "BIG WATER" Surf Boat Captain... "SLOW is PRO"!!! Until you experience a high speed "lock-up" in an 11 ton truck, you will never understand!
I suggest you put some Carlos Santana on the stereo and "CHILL" in the slow lane.
Terra Exp has a great reputation in Germany when it comes to trucks. I would even say that I would buy a chassis from them without flying there first. Although it would be kind of silly.... There is video series on Youtube with introduction to several platforms. Check it out:That's exactly my thought process. But I'm struggling with finding a Mercedes Doka 4x4 here in the states, hell, I've never even seen one in person (going to Expo East, so here's to hoping). I just got off the phone with Martin from Terra Exp, nice guy, helpful, but all their trucks are in Germany, you have to buy it sight unseen, all the work is done in Germany, so that means I don't get to see the build up. Flying back and forth to Germany to see it, ask questions, learn about it, etc. is not very practical.
I'm sure there are those with a lot more money than I that would have no problem with it. I've taken cars/engines completely apart and put them back to together before, so I'm handy with a wrench. I'd rather do more of the work myself to drive some cost out and know what I've got and how everything works. Plus I was planning on the Total Composites kit designed just the way I want it
In my search for a Mercedes to import I found a LMTV for sale in Europe, which started me thinking about NATO and how parts just might be around the rest of the world more than you would think.I decided to jump in buy a 1078 a couple years ago to give it a whirl. Knowing Sr. Suave and his apprehension about these trucks I have been pleaselty surprised thus far. As I have not done what the OP asks I can only relay my experience thus far owning one. I have been in contact with a few people who own them in other countries which surprised me. One gentleman has one in Italy and builds and sells an Arduino computer that replaces the CTIS in cab controller to infinitely adjust Tire PSI. My point being is that these trucks are out there and really not all that special.
As far as I can tell their are no parts on these trucks the DoD have problems with or could have problems with since you can go to any truck stop or NAPA to find parts.
I have, same issue as with the FMTV, can you get parts in outside of the US without waiting 2 months for it to get there. If I was broke down in Prague, that would be fine. But with my luck it will be in someplace I'd rather not be for that long.Have you looked into getting an Acela or chatting with them? Cause I am looking into getting one tho its not really for world travel but more so a offroad RV. to travel the US.
I could BS you and say my contacts in the military are very deep reaching or admit to getting lucky finding the 2.87 chunks. They came up for sale with some 3.07's and I chose the 2.87's. Pure luck in timing.2.87s (x2 = 5.74) are fantastic for a FMTV, results in 4.48 7th gear, decent rpms at 55-60mph. But 2.87s, as opposed to the more common 3.07 (6.14) fit the definition of “hen’s teeth”. Where would one source them?? Have unsuccessfully looked for them on Steel Soldiers.
And then the 2 spd transfer case becomes even more desirable, but with that 1.09 high range that brings the 5.74 back up to 6.26. I for one wouldn’t feel cozy going down or up a steep rocky grade (think Steele Pass, Goler Wash pre-“improvement”, etc) in a gear where idle speed is 2.5mph. Too fast for my taste, with a big camper full of everything in the back.