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    Utah is like a giant playground, it's awesome. ...

    Utah is like a giant playground, it's awesome.

    22.5 inch rims are fairly common for trucks here but it seems that 11r22.5 are most common. In the metric sizes the 295s are more widely used than...
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    We're making our way through Colorado now, and...

    We're making our way through Colorado now, and have recent spent a lot of time in the dirt, particularly in Utah where it seems that almost everywhere is pubic land.

    We made a costly error not...
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    why can't you just go straight to Mercedes? They...

    why can't you just go straight to Mercedes? They stock most parts in Germany and can have them at your local dealer in 24 hours. With your VIN they always get the part right, and if updated...
  4. I would just do the Class C test in the UK and be...

    I would just do the Class C test in the UK and be done with it. The experience of driving a large truck with splitter gearbox will be useful, and it's not a lot of cash when compared with the cost...
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    Hi there, Thanks for the interest, I'm...

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the interest, I'm honoured.

    All of the plywood that I've used is WISA Multiwall, distributed in the UK by Advanced Technical Panels. ATP are a subdivision of Lathams and so...
  6. I'm not sure if it was altitude related, but our...

    I'm not sure if it was altitude related, but our Webasto Thermo 50 coked up a lot quicker than I expected.

    We use it for one hour every morning to fill the calorifier with hot water, and have...
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    Thanks John, We like to get out into the...

    Thanks John,

    We like to get out into the boonies too, but perhaps in a different way, we have never been short of traction with the huge tyres, heavy weight and diff-lock. About half of our miles...
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    We've travelled a long way and done a lot since...

    We've travelled a long way and done a lot since my last post.

    After our stay at Teotihuacan, we climbed La Malinche Volcano and parked the truck at 3,400m....
  9. Please tell me if my updates are getting boring...

    Please tell me if my updates are getting boring and I'll stop.

    Last week we spent a night at 12,200 feet on the Nevada de Toluca volcano. We drove to 13,650 feet but slept a little lower as the...
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    I'm having the opposite issue at the moment, with...

    I'm having the opposite issue at the moment, with my UK truck in America and Mexico, but the solution would be equally applicable the other way around. I have a universal Input Victron battery...
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    Hi John, Great blog! I'm going to save it...

    Hi John,

    Great blog! I'm going to save it offline and try to read through it when I get a chance.

    unfortunately we do not have the budget to ship from panama to Columbia and then back from...
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    Thanks Paul, the tail-lift probably weighs more...

    Thanks Paul, the tail-lift probably weighs more than a tonne but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it. The modification to carry the spare wheel has been great and it's useful every time that I...
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    Chunks missing sounds unusual. I'm not sure if...

    Chunks missing sounds unusual. I'm not sure if the vario is the same but the atego/axor have a bevelled edge on the discs that indicate wear, when the bevel section is worn to nothing, the disc needs...
  14. I have mine mounted on a galvanised steel rack...

    I have mine mounted on a galvanised steel rack built by Brownchurch. I have 8 100w panels and they sit in recessed frames in the rack and are bolted down. The whole rack is about 3 inches off of the...
  15. I used baltic birch plywood for non structural...

    I used baltic birch plywood for non structural cabinetry, using 12-18mm sheets with rebated joints, waterproof PVA and lots of 4mm or 4.5mm spax screws.

    For structural applications, such as seats...
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    The campsite owner seemed to think that they...

    The campsite owner seemed to think that they might be returning soon but perhaps not. It's a shame because the vehicle would be useful to someone. I reckon if they drove it back up to the US they...
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    During a relaxing stop at Teotihuacan we met...

    During a relaxing stop at Teotihuacan we met several European travellers and some interesting vehicle. The owners of the old MAN truck were back in Europe so we could not speak and I could not see...
  18. We just spent a couple of days at 10,000 feet at...

    We just spent a couple of days at 10,000 feet at the campsite on the side of La Malinche volcano and neither the altitude equipped Eberspacher D2 or the unmodified Webasto Thermo Top 50 had any...
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    We've been racking up the miles since our slow...

    We've been racking up the miles since our slow meander through the US deep south. We've been to Zacatecas and Guanajuato, and drove a few hundred miles through the beautiful Sierra Gorda mountains on...
  20. The generator is really too loud for general use....

    The generator is really too loud for general use. It is useful to have to charge the batteries in an emergency or for running power tools, but we haven't been anywhere hot enough to make me want to...
  21. I'm doing the reverse of you at the moment and am...

    I'm doing the reverse of you at the moment and am travelling the US and Mexico in a UK built motorhome. I tried to run the AC off the inverter while topping the batteries up with a universal input...
  22. We might get a little higher than 9,000 feet when...

    We might get a little higher than 9,000 feet when we get east of Puebla but it'll be a long time until we get anywhere near NH.
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    I was relieved to see that the Sika rapid...

    I was relieved to see that the Sika rapid response unit are at hand in case any of the multitude of panels that I have glued with Sikaflex 221 come loose.

    http://i.imgur.com/wq5q4uB.jpg
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    Now in Zacatecas after a couple of days in the...

    Now in Zacatecas after a couple of days in the beautiful surroundings to Real de Catorce

    http://jimthetruck.blogspot.mx/2014/03/real-de-catorce.html
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    We're back on the Road again and have crossed...

    We're back on the Road again and have crossed into Mexico. The brakes seem to be repaired as the problem has not reoccurred.
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