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Old 04 March 2007, 07:50   #21
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1) RB's are shite... period. Walk away...
Yes, I did. It was a while ago and I was looking for something to turn into an off road camper and which would double for towing the boat. The problem with going that next stage above normal 4x4s is the weight of the base vehicle when in 4x4 form. I can't remember the exact weights of the RB44 but I do remember that the vehicle's weight plus a camper built onto the back only left about 2800kgs for a trailer and boat, which wasn't enough. I did consider making it demountable but then it began running away from the original idea and, also, other things became more important at that time so I gave up the idea. But the notion is still lingering...

That was the basis of my query to Nos cos I wondered if I'd missed something when he mentioned vehicle weights of 3-4 tons. But it's the 4x4 bit which ups the weight from a simple chassis cab 7.5 tonner.
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Old 04 March 2007, 08:09   #22
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Try this for a 4x4 camper

I didn't realise Unimogs went down as far as 7.5 tonnes
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Old 04 March 2007, 18:13   #23
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Maybe it's worth getting a Transit County chassis cab and putting a 5th wheel on it?
This company offer a range of lcv based fifth wheel mini-artic conversions. Not sure of the cost though??!!

http://www.tvac.co.uk/van-and-light-...ini-artics.asp
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Old 04 March 2007, 18:34   #24
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I see a few of those Merc Unimogs round here , they look the biz . The electric company have one or two and the water board , but a local farmer has a really small one , not much bigger than the old forward controll 1.5 ton land rovers .
Last year we had a few days of snow and it stopped nearly everything up here on the edge of the moor . Normal 4x4's were struggling , but the electric company were driving about sortin problems in unimog like the snow didn't exist , I guess thats when wieght counts ,
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I love Unimogs but they can be a bit unstable on some roads due to the high C of G - portal axles are better off road than on it!!!
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And talking of trucks and big 4x4s etc the one that amazes me the most is the Scammel Explorer

It looks like a big cumbersome recovery truck but offroad it's awesome

http://freespace.virgin.net/scammell.man/Explorer.html

I know of one that was used during the last foot and mouth fiasco to tow the lorries up the Eppynt mountains as the Merc Powerliner recovery truck couldn't do the job - not enough grunt low down..
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Last year we had a few days of snow and it stopped nearly everything up here on the edge of the moor . Normal 4x4's were struggling , but the electric company were driving about sortin problems in unimog like the snow didn't exist , I guess thats when wieght counts ,
The weight's actually a big hindrance-it's the dirty great knobbles/ridges on the tyres that do the work. I never got stuck in anything with this:-
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The weight's actually a big hindrance-it's the dirty great knobbles/ridges on the tyres that do the work. I never got stuck in anything with this:-

Good tool

Had two over the years and even with m+s tyres they are the biz

Only bettered by a Suzuki SJ IMHO !!

All the Landis and rangies (unless they are chopped) wont better these
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Yep-the only drawback was the tyre noise (at 70mph you couldn't hear the stereo!) and 23mpg.

I once got it so far into a set of ruts that the front diff grounded. It dug itself out through the side of the ruts just by turning the steering to full lock

I'd have another like a shot.
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Yep-the only drawback was the tyre noise (at 70mph you couldn't hear the stereo!) and 23mpg.

I once got it so far into a set of ruts that the front diff grounded. It dug itself out through the side of the ruts just by turning the steering to full lock

I'd have another like a shot.

I've had mine up to the wings and it still dug its self out.. with dirt devil tyres they'll go anywhere......... mind you .. I have a mate who is a secretary of an off road club, and he keeps wanting to get stuck in impossible situations.. what is it with these off road guys? ...............
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