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Old 03-26-2007, 06:39 PM   #15
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There was a beast exactly like that in a campsite we stayed in two years ago in northern Oregon or Washington. The owners weren't around while we were there - I wanted to compare gas mileage...
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:04 PM   #16
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That Unicat site is a lot of fun. Thanks for the link.

I notice they have a used one that is pretty close to Gina's Lemon. May even be the same model. A mere $325,000.

Here are the specs on the truck. Go to the site for the other specs.

MAN M2000 14.264 LAEC 4x4
Crew cab
MAN 6-cylinder inline turbodiesel with intercooler
Displacement 6.871 ccm (420 cu.in.)
Performance 191 kW/260 hp Euro 2
ZF 16-speed manual gearbox with crawler gear
2 speed transfer case with street and cross-country transmission ratios
All wheel drive, engagable
Differential locks for front and rear axle
Drum brakes
Anti lock brake system
Leaf springs front and rear
Tires 395/85 R 20 Michelin XZL, tubeless
2 chamber fuel tanks, capacity 650 liters (172 U.S. gallons)
Fuel prefilter with water seperator
Air suspended seats
Bench in rear of crew cab, converts to a bed
2 satellite navigation systems (GPS)
Music system with MP3 connection
Integrated airconditioner
Additional safety locks for drivers cab
Roof rack with branch guard
Crane for loading of spare wheel
Searchlights left and right
Truck horns
4 high beam lights, mounted at the roof rack
Hydraulic winch rear / front
Motorbike rack
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:44 PM   #17
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Wow! Nice set of wheels, if one was going all up South and North America, I could see why it would be handy, and being gone 2 or 3 yrs in it.

What would be nice would be a foldout deck just under the door of the coach. With a hot tub of course.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:56 PM   #18
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Very much (in concept, but not size or floorplan) like the expedition camper (also MAN-based) in
Who in the world would want to look like..., They're camping in a garbage truck?.

I think the only techie detail I can add is that inner and outer layers of fiberglass (or FRP, or GRP, or glass-fibre reinforced polyester...) with something between them from a company like Unicat is likely a bonded structural sandwich, also known as cored composite construction.

Actually seeing one of these beasts in North America is certainly rare. The closest I have come is a Pinzgauer-based unit here in Alberta - same concept, half scale!
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:00 PM   #19
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While I certanly appreciate a rig "like this" .... it certainly isn't "my cup of tea!" I am more inclined to the simple stuff..... and a smaller thing to deal with. Having seen a couple of these "euro" units traveling around America..... I certainly give them the credit that they are due! But being a "local" I much prefer the simpler side of life! Lol, am now "rethinking" and may go back to the teardrop concept..... with a side-tent of course. (not sure if I want to tow even a 13' with my Jeep!)
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:29 PM   #20
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They gotta drive it.. and here is where they do that from.. as well as the power center, and bathroom.

I had to literally climb into the thing. It has a ladder you must climb up, it sits so high.

It did not feel wierd at all. There was something wonderfull about sitting so high above the campsite.. cat bird seat!

I am sorry I did not get a chance to ask about the technicals, I was just happy to have seen it.

They do rely on solar, and for when they have hook ups, they have convertors.

Engine size.. I dunno.. tires.. almost as tall as me
O.K. I saw a very similar rig at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico some years back. It was a UNIMOG made in Germany and was occupiesd by a very young German couple with a small child. they were out of their element and were asking me about the time zone change since thay had come from California. I had German in H.S. so I didn't get too far but was so intriqued with the rig that I took pistures and will try to find them to post. The Unimog had a crane on the top for swinging out the spare tire. The underbelly had plate steel to protect from boulders when crossing streams or small rivers. That's why the high clearance! The exhaust is high like a truck. It was funny thinking that they might have thought of America from the old Western films and were astonished that we had such good highways. Proably thought that they would have to cross deserts and rivers off-road to see America!
Most noticable was a life-size decal of a Motorcycle Racer bike on the side. This guy might have been famous in Europe and had the bucks to ship his rig over here.
(Unimog trucks have been used to tow ships along port cannels when tug boats can't maneuver!)
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:01 PM   #21
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Eric said "Looks good!"

He has wanted a Unimog one for years.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:39 PM   #22
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Current exchange on the euro makes the price of that used Man $328,680. (Plus shipping and handling! )
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:06 PM   #23
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The poster on the wall shows LKW. Here's their site.

http://www.lkw-walter.com/default.aspx
FYI, LKW is the German abbreviation for Landes-Kraft-Wagen, or truck in English.

I've noticed that a lot of the German trucks, esp those intended for farm or off-road use, manage to get a LOT of ground clearance by raising and turning the differential 'pumpkin', presumably by using the drive axles to turn gearing above the wheels, as well as using larger wheels and differentials.

Here're photos of a Washington-registered Mercedes camper I saw in Alaska a few years ago, on which you can see the ground clearance compared to the nearby vehicles and also see that the pumpkins are **above** the centers of the wheels.

Lots of serious campers running around Alaska because it is a good destination for those vehicles.
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FYI, LKW is the German abbreviation for Landes-Kraft-Wagen, or truck in English.
Not Landes but [b]Last-Kraft-Wagen ( last = load )
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Absolutely! Thanks for sharing Gina.
What a way to see the world!
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:06 PM   #26
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Yep,

Last June parked two sites down from us at Teddy Roosevelt Park in North Dakota...had a kid or two with them at the time. Bet their English is a little better now!

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TR was where we had this buf block the road while scratching an itch on a guard rail!
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:40 PM   #27
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nice, here in BC there is some guy running around with a Boler mounted to a flat deck
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:52 AM   #28
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...I've noticed that a lot of the German trucks, esp those intended for farm or off-road use, manage to get a LOT of ground clearance by raising and turning the differential 'pumpkin', presumably by using the drive axles to turn gearing above the wheels, as well as using larger wheels and differentials...
I think most of those trucks are Unimogs. The "portal" axle design - while not unique to Unimog - certainly is one of their distinctive and effective features. The orignal Unimog was intended for multi-purpose farm use (as both tractor and truck), but most are for special commercial purposes (especially tasks requiring extreme mobility and/or power take-offs) or military applications.

The portal axles have gearing at the hubs both to transfer drive down from axle to wheel centre, and for reduction.
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