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Old 11-06-2012, 06:04 AM   #3046
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If you're going to put that much time and trouble into it, just get a Mitsubishi Canter 4x4 commercial truck chassis, and drop a travel trailer body onto the back.

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That's a great idea, minus the 12" wheels
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:28 AM   #3047
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This is clearly the only rational solution to the 4x4 camper problem:



Fortunately for those interested, this particular unit is for sale for $185,000. Before you scoff at the price, this is a second owner used price and apparently this rig was over $600,000 to build!

I want it, but I think it would be a LITTLE bit of overkill for what I do with a camper.


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Old 11-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #3048
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THAT would look good in front of Starbucks!
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #3049
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find a IH 4x4 chassis and have a real engine and frame..
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:10 PM   #3050
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The diesel swap, I can see. Although 4wd would be a nice option, I wouldn't use it for anything more that slippery surfaces. I don't think RV bodies are meant to take too much twisting. I can see going up some two track somewhere, going over a rock or rough patch, and torquing the body so that the door jams shut.

If you're going to put that much time and trouble into it, just get a Mitsubishi Canter 4x4 commercial truck chassis, and drop a travel trailer body onto the back.

Like this.
Yeah I'm with you. My main motivation for 4wd was my time in colorado. My old dodge couldn't even get up people's driveways without 4wd in the ice, unless I was prepared to rally the thing up it.

In all seriousness though I would just take a bike or my current truck with an alaskan camper in the bed. It is still fun to think about. It is too bad that most rv construction is crap.

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Old 11-07-2012, 04:55 AM   #3051
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If only that could be set up to haul a lifted cj7 jeep
Yeah, might be a slight overhang on both sides.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #3052
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Yeah I'm with you. My main motivation for 4wd was my time in colorado. My old dodge couldn't even get up people's driveways without 4wd in the ice, unless I was prepared to rally the thing up it.

In all seriousness though I would just take a bike or my current truck with an alaskan camper in the bed. It is still fun to think about. It is too bad that most rv construction is crap.
i have a small chinook e350 based rv converted to 4x4 mainly for winter use and w/ the dual wheels on the back it has excellent traction going up hill and a ton of clearance, downhill however is really scary and requires slow going. Truck w/ a camper on the back is the way to go though because 9 mpg makes trips kind of pricey
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:01 PM   #3053
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Yeah, might be a slight overhang on both sides.
Sideways isn't possible. It's not even legally possible that Suzuki pictured above except the owner "bobbed" the rear significantly, and even then I think it's technically too long, but probably within reasonable limits that nobody would measure.


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Old 11-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #3054
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Need an opinion

Well, I settled the claim with workmans comp, and all is good with the world. We've narrowed our choices on the coach down to two: A 2001 Newmar Dutch Star with 44,000 on the clock, from a dealer, or a 2004 Newmar Kountry Star with 66,000 on the clock, freshly serviced. Both are 37-38 feet, both around the same price. Both are diesels. Vote now........
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #3055
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Well, I settled the claim with workmans comp, and all is good with the world. We've narrowed our choices on the coach down to two: A 2001 Newmar Dutch Star with 44,000 on the clock, from a dealer, or a 2004 Newmar Kountry Star with 66,000 on the clock, freshly serviced. Both are 37-38 feet, both around the same price. Both are diesels. Vote now........

Ok, here's what I would look for:
1- service records, services done on a regular basis
2- tires, current? Recommendations are to replace after 5 years
3- any updated equipment? Digital TVs, new carpet or refrigerator? AC units, AC only or with heat strips?

None of these would be a deal breaker but our Norcold fridge is giving me fits. Had a recall performed on it in August and it's been back into the shop twice for "issues". I think that the '01 to '04 time frame falls into the recall period so, if they have a Norcold, have the recalls been performed.

I'd probably go with the newer coach if all else is equal only because the KS has a nicer interior.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:22 PM   #3056
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After going through the details, and looking at the numbers, we're going with the 2001. Here's a link: http://www.northwestrvsales.com/2001...her-or-i644604

With any luck it'll be in our driveway next week..........
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:35 AM   #3057
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:51 PM   #3058
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Nice, well-depreciated age with very few miles. Very well-equipped too.

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #3059
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Yep. My only real concern is I-5 in California, I don't like the Grape vine in a car in June, I'd hate to kill this there.......
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #3060
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