Unimog Camper - construction never stops :)

Iain_U1250

Explorer
We decided t completely unpack the truck. We have made a few changes since last time we weighed it, so time to weigh it with Trish and I, full fuel and water tank, and see how much it all is.

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Wyuna

Observer
It'll be interesting to see what it weights.

You did lose a few KG's by changing the over to lithium, having said that, weight always creeps up over time
 

Iain_U1250

Explorer
Yes, lost over 100kgs doing the swap over, but disappointingly the aluminium wheels weighed more than the heavy duty steel wheels. They are worth it from an ease of use point of view. I should also have lost a few kgs when I got rid of the Claas overdrive swapping to the UG100 transmission, but I don't know how much heavier the UG100 is over the UG3-40.

We have also decided to get rid of some of the things that we don't actually need. I have a 12" subowoofer, 8 speakers and two 4 channel amplifiers, and to be honest, I find that I can't listen to music whist driving the truck, but I can listen to audio books. So I'll remodel the interior, get rid of the subwoofer, the amplifiers and one of the 6x9 pairs of speakers. The subowoofer alone weighs in at 20kg, the amp 7 kg each so there is at least another 35kg of stuff I am hauling around and not using. The other thing is the slatted base we have for the bed, its weighs over 45kg, and the idea was we could raise either end of the bed to level it if we ever parked on a slope, but to be honest we have never used that.

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It is also pretty difficult to adjust, as you have to raise it all the way up before it will go back down, and with a 45kg latex mattress, that requires some effort to do whilst standing on the side of the bed,especially with all the bedding on it. We can replace that with 7kg of the Froli bed supports which will do the same job of providing ventilation under the mattress.

There are other thing I can reduce, especially the amount of spares and tools we carry. I don't think I really need four sets of brake pads, considering I've only one had to replace a pair of them because I had the wrong ones in the first place. Similar, I probably don't need to carry 10 litres of engine oil, 5 litres of diff and portal oil. I have two shift cylinders, neither of which fit the new gearbox lol.

I thing I can easily about 250kgs of weight without a problem, and maybe another 100kg through not carrying thing we don't actually need, although we will probably end up carrying more toys.
 

BSR

Utter Numpty
I thing I can easily about 250kgs of weight without a problem, and maybe another 100kg through not carrying thing we don't actually need
That's no insignificant amount, especially with the rising cost of fuel.
Do you think it will make noticeable difference to how it handles off road?
 

Iain_U1250

Explorer
I'm unlikely to notice the difference, but I have decided to upgrade the rear sway bar, to a much stiffer one, should help with the rock and roll on high-speed tar roads. To be honest, we seldom go on roads that a Landcruiser can't go on, and those tracks are nowhere near the capacity of a Unimog, we idle up dunes and across ditches that would stop a normal 4x4 in it's tracks, we just do things a lot slower. We always take the easy route, and leave the "lets see if I can break it" options to those who feel they need to prove something
 

Roverchef

Adventurer
Iain_U1250...A few yrs back I lead a group of 7 rigs on a 6 week trip solely on dirt. A few weeks before the trip I made everyone completely empty out their rigs to see what everyone was carrying. HOLY ******** the excess of items/weight was insane. Who the hell needs carry a full transfer box rebuild kit around? Not like they are going to rebuild it on the side of the road. Good luck with the "cleansing".
 

Iain_U1250

Explorer
Iain_U1250...A few yrs back I lead a group of 7 rigs on a 6 week trip solely on dirt. A few weeks before the trip I made everyone completely empty out their rigs to see what everyone was carrying. HOLY ******** the excess of items/weight was insane. Who the hell needs carry a full transfer box rebuild kit around? Not like they are going to rebuild it on the side of the road. Good luck with the "cleansing".
Yes, we found things that we would never need, like a full gasket set and bearing set for the engine, and a spare set of injectors. If we were going on our around the world trip, then maybe I would carry them, but I have various spares all packaged up and labeled so people back home out send them out. Rebuilding the engine next to the side of the road is pretty unlikely even for me :LOL:
 
However parts for a portal box like oil seals and bearings are a really good idea. I even have portal gears, people have trashed them running out of oil. Someone with a U500 did that in Iran and was stuck for a while waiting for parts.
What I have in redundancy is plain old tools.
 

Iain_U1250

Explorer
I've got two complete refurbished portal boxes all packed and waiting to be shipped. If we were going overseas, I'd probably carry one with us. I also have a complete new set of portal gears, seals etc, but we don't have the carry capacity you have Charlie, so we can't carry as much.
 

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