A quick suggestion to save your mental and financial well being... Fine a good independent transmission shop that works on Allison transmissions!!! I have no good words to describe factory Allison shops (and lots of bad ones).
Yeah, I can definitely see the appeal in using these as an RV platform. The big tires also allow it to glide over the washboard-riddled backroads here in ID, that would normally rattle your teeth loose. Took it out in the desert to stretch it's legs, and see how it did in some basic ravines/mudholes, etc ... pretty drama-free experience so far (crappy smartphone pics attached).Really nice! It look remarkably similar to our Leyland DAF in the UK. If they are the same, I spent a lot of time travelling in those things and they are very capable off road.
Yeah, I see these quite frequently, and they look awesome as a general rule. Only issue is with the elliptical shape, you lose an awful lot of potential space on the back. Would be nice if I could get a more stand-up room, since I have the opportunity.The Fiberglass "egg" style are a bit better built usually
Yeah, the fine people at SteelSoldiers have been there through my search, and during the resurrection process over this last year+. The TM sources alone are worth their weight in gold. I love this truck so far. Everything is so ridiculously simple to service, diagnose, and understand.These are great machines if you put the time and energy into learning to maintain them ( I am sure you are aware .... all of the M1078 Tech Manuals are available for download at Steel Soldiers)