Turning a Blown out RV into a Global Expedition Vehicle(GXV)

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  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    The circ pump would be electric. You're staying away from that though.
    If you want to get away from black water, I've seen incinolets. They burn the waste. The one our rig had was propane fired iirc. Or diesel.
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  2. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Also, if you're parking in one spot for awhile, I'd consider a bladder to put on roof. (How strong is your roof?)
    That way it would absorb a bit of energy so you'd have warm water. It would also shield the camper from direct sun. It would keep the place just a bit cooler.
    Gravity would be your friend too. No pumping for showers, toilet, sink etc. just once, to get water up top. You could use a little 12v bilge pump for that.

    I'll be starting my own project soon. I may use some of the ideas that come up in this thread.

    The seller of this (soon to be GXV) will be dropping it off in a week. :clap

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    There is a power tailgate coming with it too. :D

    It's really slow, but it ain't for racing.
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  3. bmwktmbill

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    Deeds,
    Very cool...you have more guts than I do.
    The bladder idea is a good one for hot water. I have always been a tent camper so washing is an option especially in the desert, otherwise the lake or trout stream works for me but I dream of hot springs most nights.
    bill
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  4. bmwktmbill

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    More progress and near disaster.

    After digging in the snow....
    Got lumber drying in the dining room for resizing tomorrow.

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    Turning the RV around in my driveway it started sliding backwards down the hill and stopped right at the edge of a drop...

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    That would not have been good.

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    More snow and sleet today...very slippery.
    bill
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  5. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Not guts. I just have no options. Really, this truck will be used as a minimalist camper/work shop while I'm at camp up north. Company does not allow RVs or any type of trailer in the parking lot. I can put bikes in a truck but I don't want to leave them out for a couple weeks at a time. Things go missing like that. I looked at Sprinters too. In the end, I got this for less than a third of the cost of a Sprinter, it's bigger and more easily serviceable.
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  6. JamesG

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    Bill, how about a variation of a rocket stove rigged to burn wood or propane?
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  7. bmwktmbill

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    Nice idea but I need something prebuilt, I don't have an electric welder, just Oxy-Act. Actually the small stove market is a little disappointing.
    bill
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    Guys,
    Another snowy sunless day and colder.

    Onward.

    Got grandpa's table saw fired up. Ripped down the 2X6's

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    The lumber is all salvaged, cost...zero.

    Framing tomorrow.

    bill
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  9. LoJack

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    I'm not sure how solid these stoves are, but they are made for winter camping in canvas tents and they're probably within a couple hours of you (Solon Springs):

    http://www.snowtrekkertents.com/portablewoodstoves.html

    30 mile ski race? You can only be talking about the Birkie. What wave are you in? I grew up in that area.

    Great build thread!
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  10. JamesG

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    The problem with those tent stoves is that if you overload/heat or use them on a long term basis is that they warp and start leaking smoke.
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  11. LoJack

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    sure, I was wondering that. How about this:

    http://fourdog.com/ultra-light-i-ti-camp-stove/

    Less warping issue since it's titanium and can take more heat. Not sure I'd want to pay that price.

    I know an old timer in Maple, WI that builds stoves. He made my dad's sauna stove. It's really nice. Maybe custom is the route to take, or build your own?
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Grandpa's table saw.....:clap So is mine altough it does not have such mobility, I did move it 4,000 miles. No way I'd part with that.:clap

    Oxy-acetylene, that could get you started on a stove. And me too but then I'd take the parts in for a proper welding job, I could braze that but would be expensive on the brazing rods.:eek1

    I went and stole the pics anyway to show someone else "in the know", he used to build stoves until the regulations/certifications made that too hard.

    But from what I know, looks like this guy cuts the tank to accomodate the plate end even uses the part he removed to build the base. There should be a baffle under the stove pipe so the heat/flames don't all climb up the chimney. Will talk to my friend about that in the next few days.

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  13. bmwktmbill

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    H96669,
    Nice looking stove and it would work...be nice if it took 16 inch wood at least, 18 inch is better.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Now for words of wisdom.

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    The framing crew gathered around the fire...

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    Going a little deeper...

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    Progress.

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    Advantages of a fire.
    Guinea hen.

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    Supper.

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    With a little luck the wall will stand tomorrow.
    More snow is on the way.

    bill
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  15. JamesG

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    You can overcook the outsides and undercook the insides?

    Just kidding.
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  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    That's a pretty modified Willys.:lol3

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    It got the treatment when it broke in two.
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    [QUOTE
    It was just a little warm.
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    I bet there's a story there!
    I could never get mine going fast enough to get it airborne, was a hill involved, or rust? :D
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  20. bmwktmbill

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    Both and plowing snow...my driveway is a half mile long up and down hills.

    It has claimed many...a UPS truck was the best.
    bill
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