Scott Brady’s weekend with an Earthcruiser

Steve_382

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It didn't sound like he was too crazy about the highway driving part though. Anyone else have a different opinion. Like most people, at least 95% of my driving would be on the Interstate getting to a location. I don't think I would be happy about not being able to run at least 70 MPH.
 

Davidl13

Adventurer
It didn't sound like he was too crazy about the highway driving part though. Anyone else have a different opinion. Like most people, at least 95% of my driving would be on the Interstate getting to a location. I don't think I would be happy about not being able to run at least 70 MPH.
Some vehicles like the earth cruiser or military vehicles... Lmtv, unimog, etc.. the limiting factor on speed is the design and capability

Some bigger rigs, even if you could go faster, if you are over 26k lbs, you are legally speed restricted... Out west.. is typically 65mph..

Some , the limiting factor are the tires... Especially if it is above 70 degrees ambient.. you would be throwing $100 bills out the window as you drove over 70 on a hot road...

There is a real price to be paid for big rigs...

I am surprised the fuso is that slow... Ford Econoline Vans are clearly a sweet spot in price and capability in that size and weight range...80+ mph all day long

I would love to test an Isuzu npr hd gas crew cab version and see how it does at 80....
 
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Steve_382

Member
Yes, our SMB will run 80mph all day for sure. I think the new EXD 350 EarthCruiser is developing on the F350 chassis may be the answer to that issue. With either the V8 gas engine or the diesel, highway speeds should be no problem. We are hoping to stop by there in a month or so and see what they are doing with it.
 

Davidl13

Adventurer
Ya if you want to eat highway miles at speed, a modern pickup is really the only answer.
Vans will do the same ... speed limit +10...,

I suspect and Isuzu npr had gas will do the same, but I have not had the opportunity to test
 
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Steve_382

Member
If you could get a 4x4 conversion on the Fuso gas unit, it would probably cruise down the road nicely also. Love the Allison 1000 tranny also.

http://www.mitfuso.com/en-us/models/gas-truck

POWERTRAIN: V8 6.0L Gasoline Engine
Powering this brand-new FUSO model is a gasoline engine at twice the displacement of our diesel option – giving you more horsepower and more torque. Add to it the iconic Allison 1000 Series 6-speed automatic transmission for smooth, uninterrupted shifting and exceptional fuel efficiency. And as a FUSO-exclusive option in its segment, the Allison has easily accessible provisions for the application of a broad range of after-market power take-offs (PTOs).
 

Davidl13

Adventurer
If you could get a 4x4 conversion on the Fuso gas unit, it would probably cruise down the road nicely also. Love the Allison 1000 tranny also.

http://www.mitfuso.com/en-us/models/gas-truck

POWERTRAIN: V8 6.0L Gasoline Engine
Powering this brand-new FUSO model is a gasoline engine at twice the displacement of our diesel option – giving you more horsepower and more torque. Add to it the iconic Allison 1000 Series 6-speed automatic transmission for smooth, uninterrupted shifting and exceptional fuel efficiency. And as a FUSO-exclusive option in its segment, the Allison has easily accessible provisions for the application of a broad range of after-market power take-offs (PTOs).
They don't offer factory 4x4 with the gas version?

Is it the GM LS 6.0 L that is used in the isuzu npr?

If so, Magnuson makes a great tvs1900 supercharger for that motor..

Now if they would just add crew cab...and of course 4x4
 
One thing worth mentioning is that the tested drivetrain that is not available in the US. This truck has a 2 speed transfer case and a 5 speed manual. The US truck comes with a single speed t-case and a 6 speed auto-manual. It's available in 2 diff ratios, but either one is going to be a compromise.
 

45lpv

Observer
We typically set our cruise control at ~65mph on our EC-FX. GPS and a friend following me in a SMB concur that the actual speed is about 70mph and returns an average mpg of 13.5 @ 2800rpm.
 
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