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    Driver's license for BIG trucks

    No, I am answering Felipe’s question correctly. You are sowing needless confusion. It may be a surprise to you but Texas is not the center of the world.
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    Tire pressure

    Completely wrong. Proper tire pressure is entirely dependent on load, although it is better to be a “bit” higher than lower.
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    Driver's license for BIG trucks

    What is incorrect? Felipe and I are legally licensed for RVs in our home jurisdictions and therefore are legal in North America. Do you actually attest that out of state drivers driving heavy RVs in Texas get stopped? You just said each state honors other jurisdictions’ licenses. You are...
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    Driver's license for BIG trucks

    Just out of curiosity who built the camper?
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    Driver's license for BIG trucks

    Unbelievably no matter how big your RV is a regular private drivers license works in North America. I have a commercial drivers license since it’s required for my 12.7 metric ton U500 camper in Europe, Russia, Australia etc. But I have never been asked to show it anywhere. To be perfectly clear...
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    Repost: Diesel Is Making A Comeback

    Wrong; the CO2 will take millennia to get drawn down and buried. Paleoclimatologists estimate we may have disrupted orbitally forced periodic glaciations and the current interstadial may last up to 500,000 years instead of only 5-10000 years. Not that it’s an unmitigated disaster but sea level...
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    Tire pressure

    You are lucky you’re overinflated rather than under. Under inflated tires that big tend to explode long before they wear out. Weigh each axle separately. I suspect 60 psi will be enough for the front, 95 for the rear.
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    Vario 814 gearbox 5 or 6 speed ?

    Those transmissions won’t bolt to your OM904. They had proprietary bolt patterns, yours is SAE#3 I believe. Or might be #2 like the 906.
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    Vario 814 gearbox 5 or 6 speed ?

    There is virtually no difference between the top gear ratio on ZF S5-42 and current Ecolite 6 spds. Save your money and spend it on changing the diff ratio to your liking. The S5-42 with deeper 1st had 5th at 0.76. The S6-650 used in some American pickups for a while had 6th at 0.72, only 5.25%...
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    Expedition Vehicle selection thoughts?

    I would look at the Steyr 12M18 with fully equipped camper for sale by terratrotter.eu I think it is 185k, not sure if euros or dollars. The vehicle suggested above is the antithesis of a 3 pt mount. Parts for the Steyr are available but not in every N America town... but no electronics, ULSD...
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    Adventure ("Overland") Vehicles and Payload Capacity

    If one is going to bring the kitchen sink and everything else including tools and spare parts and recovery gear on a 3 month+ trip away from convenient dealerships in every town, a medium duty (class 6-7) truck with a 15000 lb payload (bare without camper) really helps.
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    Operating cost of earthcruisers?

    passenger/ro-ro cargo loss rate per thousand ships was 2.3 Ok this reference says loss rate is0.23%; therefore ~350% profit margin for insurance company.
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    Operating cost of earthcruisers?

    Considering the amount of traffic on the world’s oceans 0.03% would be reasonable;not 1%
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    Operating cost of earthcruisers?

    I’ve never had collision/comprehensive on any of my overseas trips and did away with it even for North America after the first year or 2 of $3000+ premiums. I never drive it at night. Did you know the accident rate is 4x at night? Probably worse in the 3rd world. Another insurance ripoff is the...
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    Sand ladders for a 15 ton overland truck???

    Re grizzlyj’s assertion of 4’ long footprint of 395s: According to Michelin data and personal experience wth 395s they have a footprint length of about 12” at road pressure. If you get low enough you might get close to 2’ if near flat (bead locks required) but no way 4 feet!!!! 14.00s are about...
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