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Old 09-26-2013, 10:29 AM   #15
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Foolish as it sounds, a couple of coachbuilders actually built 16' (overall length) micro motorhomes in the early 80's on Toyota p/u chassis using the 80 hp diesel engine. With 0-60 measured as "impossible" and about a 58 mph redline top speed it's no surprise that they didn't go over well.

A good friend of mine owned one in SC for about 10 years and kept it mostly as a novelty while he drove his 18', V6 Sunrader.

There was one offered on eBay a few months back that didn't reach about a $3k minimum.

That said, the newer Toyota diesels are rule of thumb in New Zealand & Australia.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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they did build a scamp on a ranger body... now imagine putting it on a more beefy truck, built in cage for a generator.... sounds nice to me lol
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:51 AM   #17
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Our '88 ranger frame and suspension couldn't handle itself, and the engines (yes, plural) didnt do much better. I can't imagine a camper on one. Our '89 nissan towed the '88 ranger with more acceleration than the ranger had.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:13 PM   #18
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There seem to be a lot of web references to off-road use of trailers in Australia, and few of their trailers are moulded fiberglass. Although the typical trailer from any part of the world might fall apart in this service, it appears that moulded fiberglass is not the only construction approach which can be successful. I think that few of the "expedition campers" are moulded.
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Nice!
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That is the closest thing to a Jawa sand crawler I have ever seen.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #22
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Off-Road Travel Trailer

If you like the concept of going off-road with a travel trailer, you might be interested in the features of some of these Australian caravans (such as the Kedron in this video) which could be applied to a moulded fiberglass trailer.

Nerf bars
U-Haul fans may recognize the body-protecting bars around the lower edge of the forward part of the body.

Suspension
The Kedron caravan featured in the video appears to use the Cruisemaster independent suspension system with leaf springs and shock absorbers.

Coupling
I'm not sure of the specific type, but it looks like this caravan is towed with a high-articulation off-road coupling, instead of a common ball and socket coupler.

It also has dual spare tires, wide tires, and high ground clearance.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:22 PM   #23
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We ditched our diesel for a gas truck. The trailers are easily light enough to tow without a big beast, so I couldn't see continuing to pay for the expensive fuel, additives, oil changes, filters etc.

That being said, according to Motorweek the other evening, the Dodge RAM 1500 is set to come out with a diesel. That would be a nice truck.
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