I Think I Might Build Me An RV...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Nailhead, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    Some might remember my building up an M715 with a WY buddy a couple years back.

    Started with this engineless, no interior, cobblebed meadow ornament:

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    And ended up with this:

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    Good fun & occasionally its 1 1/4-ton rating is quite useful:

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    I’ve had a thing for the all-terrain RV idea since the early ‘90’s when I re-powered & re-geared one of these:

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    It was ear-splittingly noisy inside, dusty, and had unassisted steering & brakes, which got old quicker than I thought it would. It also got totaled by a guy looking for something on the floor of his car: narrow road, top-heavy truck, me inching to the right hoping for the best, which never arrived.

    Next up was one of these:

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    I was actually thinking about one while I had the M43. What’s not to love? Quieter, more modern, better parts availability, and the possibility of swapping in a first-gen Cummins chassis & making it the best of the M43 & 886 all rolled into one cool-ass truck. Problem was, my ideas outran my finances, facilities, and capabilities, so I gradually lost interest, and it ended up as a storage shed before I sold it in 2010.

    Well, lately I’ve been thinking about the whole concept again, this time involving an M725:

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    Familiar truck, big shop & capable buddy in Wyoming waiting for a new project— why not? I even know of one nearby I might be able to get a hold of. Then I got to thinking about the buy-in for a decent truck ($3-4K), the essential engine & drivetrain swap ($5K?), and the interior conversion.

    I let that idea die, and left it at that.

    ...until Friday night when Harry & I were discussing the 725 idea while sitting drinking beer in said WY shop.

    Right in front of me seemed to be the more sensible alternative, and it was one of those classic “duh!” moments:

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    A 1972 International 1310 4x4 1-ton. Slide a pop-up truck camper on the back for a much less expensive expedition RV.

    It has a 304, 4-speed, 4.88’s, 205 case. No fireball, but I’ve read on BinderPlanet I can expect 60 as a rule, which is slow but liveable.

    It needs a rear main, fuel tank repairs, and interior work to start with. Paint, seats, A/C, sound insulation would also be on the list.

    I’m pretty this is going to happen, though. Stay tuned.
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    marret Transient

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  3. Cheddarhead

    Cheddarhead Perenial Noobie!

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  4. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Housetruck!! Do it up hippy/ NewZealand style.
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  5. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Glad A/C is in the plan. Gotta keep things civilized.
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  6. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Awesome! :lurk
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  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Interesting, what kind of fuel mileage do you expect to get?
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  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Dump a 6.0 Chevy in that thing and cruise
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  9. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ MGHOWWK30

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  10. Bobo413

    Bobo413 Been here awhile

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    I had a similar one with auto trans & 345 engine. The thing was unstoppable . You're in for a very rough ride.
    The suspension on those rigs is very stiff & makes my first Gen Dodges ride seem plush. Lol.
    Good luck with your build : )))
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  11. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    Just no. I had a1967 Travelall. Trust me, you do not want an International. Just finding parts for it will drive you nuts and you won't get more than 9 mpg.
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  12. Rogue_Ryder

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    ^ Disagree! I say go for the I-H truck even if you have to swap the motor

    Must be close to 20 years ago now, that a buddy of mine drove an I-H pickup out of the woods in Massachusetts that had been parked there for at least that long. He went out into the woods with a can of gas, a battery and some tools and DROVE the thing out of the woods!!! Free truck that he still owns to this day. Although it's undergone several transformations over time, it's now a mud truck; but had been his daily driver for some time in the early 2000s. If you ever go to a mud race in Western Mass it's the "Mud Mater". Not too many vehicles can be driven out of the woods of Massachusetts after being abandoned for ages.

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    He keeps 'em runnin':
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  13. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 Tony the Rescue Cat

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  14. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    Still subscribed, but I thought you were building an RV

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  15. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    We had a '68 we called "The Rhino Chaser". If I was undertaking a project like this one, the first thing I'd do is convert to Chevy power and replace the suspension. As is, the vehicle above will shake fillings out of your teeth.



    Oh, and subscribed!
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  16. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    getting new and appropriately sized leaf packs is pretty cheap and easy.
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  17. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    ^^^
    Yep, and possibly needed for the weight of the build anyway. Good springs and shocks are essential for any long trip vehicle. Maybe earplugs for this one
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  18. Nailhead

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    I'm not familiar with that particular theme, but I figured I'd shoot for "capable & sensibly priced".

    Climate change & advancing age make A/C pretty much essential. I'm too old to marinate in my own juices.

    I read 12 on BinderPlanet, but I really don't believe that. My daily ride ('08 Dodge Power Wagon with a ladder rack) gets that, and that's with 4.56's, highway tires, & FI.

    After my experience with the 6.0 in our oilfield work trucks ("Book now for your overtaking opportunity!"), I'll stick with the 304: a whole lot less wrenching for yawn-inducing performance. Maybe those engines were detuned somehow, but I was not impressed. If the necessity for an engine swap becomes evident. a 350 seems like the way to go.

    After doing some cursory research on parts availability, I'm actually pretty encouraged: International Parts America has much more than I thought would be obtainable. M715 parts availability is, by comparison, pretty sketchy.
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  19. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    That M715 has the roughest ride of any suspended vehicle I've ever driven. It's awful-- like a front-end loader. Put some weight on it and it gets quite a bit better, however, and that IH would have a camper weighing 1500 lb or so on it. Or more.

    I took the 715 on a road trip last summer, and enjoyed the hell out of it. I like leaf-sprung vehicles, for some reason.
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  20. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    ...and removing the extra front leaves installed to compensate for the tow-truck winch since removed by the present owner probably wouldn't hurt either.
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