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Old 11-05-2006, 10:06 AM   #29
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Well, that Vantare doesn't look exactly like a garbage truck. Just think, the price is a paltry 2 1/2 million dollars. Cool. I wonder if they give senior citizen discounts?

As for the garbage truck camper? Hmmm. Wonder how many miles per gallon that would get? I don't imagine it would be a quiet running camper. The garbage truck that comes down our street can be heard several blocks away. How about the ride? Don't think it would be very comfortable either. Might be theft proof though. Who in their right mind would steal a garbage truck? Hey, just trying to think positive !
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:37 AM   #30
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well, here's a timely entry..

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Old 11-05-2006, 11:41 AM   #31
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Yep and I'll just pop right over to Europe and pick it up...Located in beziers, Languedoc-Rousillon, France!

Hey Taylor, can I borrow your tug???
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:16 PM   #32
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For anyone who is concerned about ride and noise in these truck-based motorhomes, consider that all Class C motorhomes are built on truck chassis (usually Ford E-350 and larger), and large Class A motorhomes commonly use the engines and transmissions of medium-duty trucks. Most are quite crude compared to modern passenger vehicles, although high-end stuff gets air suspension. The biggest comfort problems I see in the high-mobility designs are the agressive off-road tires, and the extremely close proximity of the engine (under the cab's seats in a typical cab-over-engine, kind of between the seats in the Pinzgauer). Although the ride is better towards the middle of the wheelbase, the forward location of the seating shouldn't be a big deal, since it apparently is not in the million-dollar Class As.

For fuel economy, consider that a single unit vehicle (a motorhome) will probably be lighter and almost certainly be better aerodynamically than a trailer with the same size of interior plus its tow vehicle. A Sprinter-based Class C motorhome certainly gets better fuel economy than most of our vans and pickups towing even 13' eggs, and has an interior larger than my 17' Boler. It seems to me that the big problem in the high-mobility rigs would the large frontal area due to their great height.

I don't consider my fiberglass trailer and van the ultimate RV; its just the best combination for me at the moment, recognizing the reality that another complete vehicle is expensive. A tug-and-trailer combination also has great flexibility:
  • we can drop the trailer and still have local transportation;
  • we can have multiple trailers of different sizes and types for different trip needs;
  • we can tow the same trailer with different tugs, again depending on the need of the trip;
  • et cetera
Our lightweight moulded fiberglass travel trailers are towable by reasonable vehicles (that we might already have or might meet our other needs well), and that combination is a winner for many. That doesn't mean that other types of RV are not very good for their purposes - some might be both more capable and more efficient than our rigs.
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:51 PM   #33
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Good find, Gina.

The Pinzgauer which I saw had been made into a sort of pickup truck (they're usually vans), and carried a tidier, commercially made, slide in camper. I don't think it was as tall.

I don't know if people reading this topic appreciate the small size of the Pinzgauer. Next to a typical North American Class C, it looks like an egg beside a big Airstream. There is a British Pinzgauer site (in English, which makes life easier...) which has a page describing the width (1.8m, less than 6 ft) and showing some photos which include people for scale.
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Old 11-05-2006, 04:21 PM   #34
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I'm having a hard time with these pictures....??? confuzzzed in Idaho.
The attached image is my shot at a floor plan for this RV. It's only very roughly to scale, and I realize that some parts are just wrong; however, I think it explains all the stuff in the photos. The arrows with numbers on them are where the camera would be to take the photo with that number; the numbering of photos is the order in which the appear in the original post, I hope...

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I hope the arrangement is apparent: the top part is the floorplan (top view), below it is the view from the curb side, and to the right of that is a head-on view, ignoring the cab.
In these drawings, the top is shown in the "up" position; when retracted, it presumably rests down almost directly on the loft level.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:30 PM   #35
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Hey, isn't that the exact same rig the bad guys in "The Gods Must Be Crazy" drove?

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Old 11-05-2006, 08:24 PM   #36
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Not the same MH. Draco, name after the constalation Drac the Dragon is made using a garbage truck. You can read about and see it here
Good find, Byron. As the article says, the Draco was an airport fire truck (ARFF), not a garbage truck. That makes the all-wheel-drive less strange: ever seen an AWD garbage truck?
The article (as published online) starts with:
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It's the world's only expedition-class AWD motorhome
It is this sort of idiotic (for alleged professionals) declaration which makes me lose all trust in publications. I'm sure the people at RVWest are nice, and I appreciate that they showed us this motorhome, but I wouldn't really believe anything they say.

There are larger Oshkosh high-mobility trucks, so the upper end of this insanity has yet to be reached!

The various UNICAT offerings (which includes the TerraCross) are yet another company's rendition of the same general idea. UNICAT is big on fiberglass sandwich body construction.
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Good find, Byron. As the article says, the Draco was an airport fire truck (ARFF), not a garbage truck. That makes the all-wheel-drive less strange: ever seen an AWD garbage truck?
The article (as published online) starts with:

It is this sort of idiotic (for alleged professionals) declaration which makes me lose all trust in publications. I'm sure the people at RVWest are nice, and I appreciate that they showed us this motorhome, but I wouldn't really believe anything they say.

There are larger Oshkosh high-mobility trucks, so the upper end of this insanity has yet to be reached!

The various UNICAT offerings (which includes the TerraCross) are yet another company's rendition of the same general idea. UNICAT is big on fiberglass sandwich body construction.
Here's some nice MAN and Volvo based Unicat footage I came across while looking at ... er, yes, you might have guessed it ... Volvo videos!

Warning; strong Volvo content! Especially the part when the Volvo pulls the MAN out of the river.

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Don't know if you've seen this "off road" version of a Casita. It belongs to Bruce of San Angelo, Texas.
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Don't know if you've seen this "off road" version of a Casita. It belongs to Bruce of San Angelo, Texas.
Sure would make it easy to empty your holding tanks!
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A mean practical joke would be to fold up those stairs after it gets dark.
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