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Old 05-21-2009, 06:33 PM   #91
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If anyone has any questions on current prices and what to look for as far as deal just ask.
There are some serious deals to be had right now. You can get a fine A plus diesel pusher for 30 to 40k.

Some of the older very well kept garaged such as Sasquatches are 10 to 15k.

I spend a fair amount of time on Craigslist and there are certain pockets of the country that have some good deals. Seattle, Portland is one but Phoenix, Dallas, and Las Vegas are selling shit cheap right now.

Truck Campers are amazing in how they hold their value, while folks are unloading low mileage V8's for nothing.
You can't find a damn Toyota Camper though for under 5k no matter what the year..
I have the Moho, I was wondering where he went in Moab? I have an Airstream that I refurbed. Thanks. Do you ever go there?
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:45 PM   #92
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I have the Moho, I was wondering where he went in Moab? I have an Airstream that I refurbed. Thanks. Do you ever go there?
Some of the guys from our Jeep club just got back from there last week.
They had a blast. We couldn't do it this year.
I've been there several times on my motorcycle though. A great area.
We have a Hawkins Motor Coach an old 92. Like Sasquatch says it's great to have the thing paid for and usually if you buy used the bugs are worked out.
Again like he says it's a living breathing machine. Something always needs attention.
Right now I have issues with the solar panels that I can't figure out.
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:14 PM   #93
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Right now I have issues with the solar panels that I can't figure out.

You might write a bit about your experiences with solar panels. How many does it take to run the A/C and computers?
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:04 PM   #94
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I'd love to get a truck camper or something that someone 6'6" can stand and sleep in.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #95
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Whoa. This is cool, thanks for posting it. Does anybody have the pics from a while back of a similar machine, had an interior that looked like it was done by IKEA with total offroad capacity? I think the guy had a KTM on the back, had 4wd, looked like something out of a survival movie.

IIRC, it was converted from a ....., don't remember. Help



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Old 05-21-2009, 11:22 PM   #96
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Whoa. This is cool, thanks for posting it. Does anybody have the pics from a while back of a similar machine, had an interior that looked like it was done by IKEA with total offroad capacity? I think the guy had a KTM on the back, had 4wd, looked like something out of a survival movie.

IIRC, it was converted from a ....., don't remember. Help
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:56 AM   #97
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I'm liking the Azalai campers - more info here:

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Old 05-22-2009, 06:55 AM   #98
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Whoa. This is cool, thanks for posting it. Does anybody have the pics from a while back of a similar machine, had an interior that looked like it was done by IKEA with total offroad capacity? I think the guy had a KTM on the back, had 4wd, looked like something out of a survival movie.

IIRC, it was converted from a ....., don't remember. Help
MAN 6x6 commercial chassis?






ActionMobil and UNICAT both build a variety of European off-road vehicles using military and commercial chassis. UNICAT is starting to build on Navistar chassis for the US market.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:03 AM   #99
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You might write a bit about your experiences with solar panels. How many does it take to run the A/C and computers?
I suspect that it is ixnay on the ACWay. The computer should be no problem.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:31 AM   #100
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Some of the guys from our Jeep club just got back from there last week.
They had a blast. We couldn't do it this year.
I've been there several times on my motorcycle though. A great area.
We have a Hawkins Motor Coach an old 92. Like Sasquatch says it's great to have the thing paid for and usually if you buy used the bugs are worked out.
Again like he says it's a living breathing machine. Something always needs attention.
Right now I have issues with the solar panels that I can't figure out.
It is like it's alive. Mine is paid for too. I think of it as a rolling science experiment. I want to take it out west, to Moab.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:37 AM   #101
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I suspect that it is ixnay on the ACWay. The computer should be no problem.

I suspect that you are probably right, although I keep running into folks that talk about boon docking in hot climates and I'd love to see how they do it.

I've got a big generator (12.5kw Kohler driven by a 4-cylinder Perkins diesel) but it's a thirsty bastard and gets expensive if you run it much. We really, really need 50 amp service (not available everywhere) to run everything. We have had issues at more than one campground with popping breakers, shorted circuitry, and expensive electrical usage (many RV parks have pretty old wiring).

For anyone getting into this stuff energy usage is a big deal. A lot of motorhomes with smaller generators can't run all of their A/C and appliances (like hot water) at the same time.

And for folks that dream of big buses and such, some of the newer stuff that are "all electric" require really big generators (like 20kw units) to run the A/C and the other systems.

SWMBO'd was interested in adding some solar panels but the numbers just didn't make sense to me.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:43 AM   #102
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It is like it's alive. Mine is paid for too. I think of it as a rolling science experiment. I want to take it out west, to Moab.

Motorhomes clearly are more reliable if you use them full time. Ours sat for several years before we bought it and you'd be surprised at the number of systems that have come back to life after just a little vibration from going down the road and flicking of switches.

We didn't have a sewer hookup at our workshop so we'd have to fire up the old girl every 7 days or so and drive it a few miles to an RV park that had a dump station. That was a great cycle; when FEMA called last fall we could honestly say that we were road worthy and ready to go ASAP.

Oh yeah. And ours is paid for as well. Bikes and trailer are paid for too. We looked at some newer stuff and SWMBO'd sometimes talks about going back to work and getting a newer Newell but I'm pretty happy with the old 'bird.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:44 AM   #103
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The regulars are probably tired of seeing this...but here's my full time home:



18 months, and many lessons, busted knuckles and buckets of sweat later:




A few places I've lived:
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:46 AM   #104
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What can you run on your pair of solar panels, Sean?
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:55 AM   #105
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What can you run on your pair of solar panels, Sean?
On the 480 watts of solar (4 x 120 watt panels):

AC loads:
1 desktop PC & flat screen monitor, 8 hours/day, 5 days/week
1 laptop PC, every day
Router & satellite modem
Occasional printer (HP Deskjet 460)
Occasional food processor, coffee grinder, battery charger (18v cordless tools, etc.)

DC Loads:
DVD player/car stereo, few hours/day
LED lights every day
12" Fan occasionally
Cell phone charger
Muffin fans for battery box and toilet ventilation
Water pump as needed

I also have 4 x 420Ah batteries (Trojan L16H) and never discharge more than 25% (75% remaining).

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