Good morning all,
I'd like to share my project with you : an expedition vehicle based on a military 6x6 2 1/2 ton. Its not novel, its been done before as seen on military truck websites. I'll go through the trade offs as the build progresses. The goal is to have a dependable, road ready, off road capable XV for under $30 K. If I go over, oh well. I will honestly try to do this build professionally and not "red neck " it.
spare parts availability
6 x 6 (default configuration is 4x4, rear two axles pushing, in-cab air selectable front axle engagement)
Caterpillar 3116 turbo diesel
Allison automatic transmission
Central Air Inflation System : all tires can be aired up / down from inside the cab. Leaky tires will have pressure maintained during travel.
No commercial driver license required (CDL). I don't have anything against obtaining a CDL, I just don't want it to be a requirement. This is why I did not choose the 5 ton instead.
Field capable proven.
Its not a cabover configuration so the size of the living quarters is limited. In this case a 23 foot long truck will have a 12 foot long box = not the most efficient design.
No air conditioning in stock configuration.
Electrical system is 24 volts, so wiill need to add 12 V circuits separately.
No pass thru from cab to box.
Attached is a pic of the "starting material", a blank canvas. First task is to replace all 7 tires. Then the cargo bed will come off and an appropriate XV box installed. I could simply put a very big camper onto the cargo bed, but it would not withstand the rigors of off-road and it would violate the no red-neck engineering rule 8<)