Recent content by charlieaarons

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    Full Size Expedition Vehicle Recovery Gear

    Agree completely with Bayou Boy I use a 20k hydraulic DP on the front of my 26k U500 camper, a mere but hydraulic 15k Superwinch on the rear I have 1.5” and 2” kinetic straps
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    F550 Camper

    How is the 3rd axle set up? Is it driven? If so how?
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    Fuel pump for transfer from storage

    Unicat built my camper. The main fuel tank had to be shortened from 228L to 150L due to generator installation. There are two 231L rear auxilary tanks that pump into the "main" tank with switch controlled electric pumps. It is obviously critical to not overfill the main tank to prevent...
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    What are the limitations of a really large expedition vehicle?

    There is a methodology for changing tires. It helps to have at least one helper. I carry three Pullpal Land anchors, also to appropriate kinetic ropes and lots of chains cables and shackles. And one hydraulic winch at each end.
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    Diesel vs gas engine for camping and General purpose

    I agree no reason for 900-1000 ft-lb in pickups. My 700 ft-lb OM906 has caused NO problems in 100k mi except EGR easily fixed in a 27000 lb truck
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    building the Bullet XV

    Your pre-filling filters look a lot like 2 of my post-filling filters, I have the iodine secretor after the fleece, then the activated charcoal. I put ClO2 tablets in occaisonally (7 tablets per 220L). No GI probelms so far.
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    Recommended shocks in U.S. for 2015

    Why do they need replacement so soon? In the picture it isn't leaking. Whatever you do do NOT get Road King shocks. I had a very bad experience with them.
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    building the Bullet XV

    Before I went to Siberia-Mongolia I got an even simpler but very similar system. A 6 gal bucket, a submersible 110v pump and a standard garden hose. It was fortunate because water in those places tends to come out of large high pressure/volume hoses that can’t be used in my tank inlets. I have a...
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    Diesel vs gas engine for camping and General purpose

    This whole discussion is "spun" by the fact that the 6.0/6.4 Navistar/Ford engines were dreadful mistakes; engineered on the back of a napkin. I never hear of similar regrets from owners of MB904-906 engines, MAN 6.9L engines or "even" Ivecos (made by the Fiat group). Of course they don't have...
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    F-150 Diesel

    How is that going to work for heavy vehicles like a 12 ton Unimog camper? Mine holds 162 gal fuel, which has a heating value of 5700 kw-h at 100% efficiency. Assuming the diesel engine /drivetrain has an efficiency of 28% (35% for engine, 80% for drivetrain), and electric motor/drivetrain is...
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    Steyr 12M18 service manual?

    I agree with Greg. My 16’ Unicat is from the last generation, lots of electronics but not interlinked. No failure in 12 yr/100k mi except 1 out of 2 Sterling battery to battery chargers. I assume that they provide wiring diagrams and component manuals. If so things are easy. It’s ironic that you...
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    Big Green Camper spotted, MB truck?

    That is a Mercedes Vario.
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    Steyr 12M18 service manual?

    My advice: you are planning years of living and travel. Why sell the nice Bliss box, you will appreciate it while traveling.