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Pacific Northwest yetti

Expedition Medic
Looking forward to following along,

I have been looking in doing the same with a box truck, on a medium duty 4x4 chassis. I had originally ruled out surplus, the majority have a top speed of 55.

You may end up changing my mind,

Hopefully sent from somewhere pretty and remote. With my entertainment and navigation multitool
 
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MTVR

Well-known member
I have been waiting for somebody to do a build on this platform. KUDOS to you for taking this on! I'll be watching this one. One thought is to height on an already super tall vehicle: have you thought of doing a hard sided pop up? Maybe a chopped down ISO container with a lid lift to keep the height under control? You are 12 high as is (about as high as most 1 ton truck campers out there).
These trucks are designed and equipped to transport standard-sized containers, so I'm expecting that it will be below the legal maximum height for on-road use.
 

Cowpig

kodiak guy
that's going to be an absolute monster! how big are the fuel tanks? I'd guess being built for the military it has a good range and is probably not meant to go much over 60.

one concern / future project for my kodiak is to add another tank, or maybe dual saddle tanks in addition to the rear between the frame. mine 'should' get better than 12mpg but still limits my range as-is
 

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jcdostie

New member
These trucks are designed and equipped to transport standard-sized containers, so I'm expecting that it will be below the legal maximum height for on-road use.
I don’t know about Oshkosh frame height, but for me, on a M923A2, it’s 47 inches. Add a regular ISO container of 8’6’’ and you’re at 12’6’’. Legal wise is 13’6’’
Enough room for fixing it on the frame

Axles are to be moved backwards
JC



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MTVR

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that's going to be an absolute monster! how big are the fuel tanks? I'd guess being built for the military it has a good range and is probably not meant to go much over 60.

one concern / future project for my kodiak is to add another tank, or maybe dual saddle tanks in addition to the rear between the frame. mine 'should' get better than 12mpg but still limits my range as-is
The MTVR has an 80 gallon fuel tank. The military rates it at 4.5 mpg, but I suspect that is off-road with a full load. Others have reported 6 mpg or so on the highway, which would equate to roughly a 500 mile range.

I'm not to concerned about fuel mileage or fuel range- we can afford the fuel, and we intend to relax and take our time exploring. If we needed to extend our range, we could simply start loading 5-gallon fuel jugs in the "garage" area.
 

MTVR

Well-known member
My EUC paperwork was approved by the government, so I am now authorized to take delivery. Currently shopping for a truck to transport it for me.
 

MTVR

Well-known member
I will feel more comfortable answering questions like that once the vehicle is in my hands. So far, things appear to have gone well, but I haven't actually seen the truck that I bought yet.

No, you do not need to have vehicles shipped to you. I chose to have mine trucked up to me, because it currently has no license plates, registration, or insurance, and until I convert it to a motorhome, it's 62,200 pound GVWR would require a CDL to operate on public roads, and I don't have one.
 
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MTVR

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Today we took delivery of our MTVR. We filled the fuel tank, road-tested it around in a giant empty parking lot, and then took it home and tucked it in for the night.

A buddy of mine served in the Marines and has substantial experience with the MTVR. After driving this one and crawling all over it, he described it as "brand new", and said it was obviously issued to someone who simply never used it.

Once my wife and I come into agreement on the container length, we'll buy that and start building it out...
 
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MTVR

Well-known member
If it were me... I'd sell it and buy a "9 series" with a Cummins 6CTAA with an mechanical Allison and a 2 speed transfer case. Your truck like LMTV's & FMTV's are/ were fleet vehicles (why do you think you and the LMTV folks got thier rigs for so cheap)?!?!?! They are always followed by big wreckers. If you don't believe me... Than I HOPE YOU HAVE A BUTT LOAD MONEY IN YOUR "TRACTOR FUND"!!!!
I hate to disappoint you, buddy, but it appears that every single gadget on this nearly new truck works, from the ABS to the Air-Conditioning.

And the 425 horsepower and 1,550 pound-feet of torque certainly makes the 11.9-liter MTVR feel much peppier than the 240 horsepower and 745 pound-feet of torque that the little 8.3-liter M939 has to make do with...
 
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Joaquin Suave

Active member
I hate to disappoint you, buddy,
I am sincerely happy for you getting the rig that you wanted! The point i was trying to make (and obviously not doing a very good job of it) was that if you were planning exploring DEEP in the outback (like in many parts of Baja) and staying "off the grid" for a month plus at a time... You would be better off with a lighter rig that had low range working gears. Preferably low low ones like on Unimogs. Yes, horsepower and torque are wonderful things until you are really stuck... Then it just starts to break things! A calm steady right foot and a really low gear (with low tire pressure and a shovel) if far more likely to get you out of trouble.

And when it doesn't... It's time to go into the hidden vault and pull out the "tractor fund"! From what I've read on this thread sounds like you are mostly going to explore in the USA where there is a good likelihood that you will have Cell service, which is FAR more convenient then down in Baja where there are stretches of hundreds of miles between service and the only way to get help is to walk to a main road and hitchhike to the nearest tractor the be ready to pay the tractors owner hundreds/ or thousands of $$$ to bail you out of trouble. Trust me! I am speaking from experience!

My truck Casa Azul weighs 16,800 dry and usually under 20K wet (too big to get pulled out by a F350) and I keep my tractor fund at about $2800. Enough for a greedy backhoe owner. You will probably need a D8 ($15K ~ $20K) and... Lets not forget the low-boy to get the tractor to your truck!

Best of luck and fun with your new rig.
 
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jcdostie

New member
Have fun with it and keep posting your project.
Have you done some layouts of the inside of the container ?


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