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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by GRAYnomad View Post
    For my money in Australia the best choice is a Landcruiser. I'm currently converting mine, starting with a roof rack that can be used as a camera platform.

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    Getting that elevation often makes a huge difference to the look of a shot, even making the shot possible, for example if there's a fence in the way.

    Our weather is usually pretty good so I'm happy to mostly live outside, but it will be possible to function inside as well if needs be.

    Regardless of where you live I think that it's important to have FWD, even the simplest pull over off the road can get you bogged.

    Or you could go the full Mad Max and build a 6x6 motorhome

    Your single cab chassis cruiser with a tray back and fitted with a Trayon Slide-On camper, would be close to the ultimate go anywhere vehicle. Combine that with a rooftop stand for a tripod and you're laughing. That said, my own experiences with rooftop racks and tripods, is one where the slightest breeze gently rocks the vehicle, thereby making even moderately long exposures iffy. If the wind is much greater than 6m a second, you sway somewhat.

    That 6x6 looks like an old International F1 ex military. I used to drive those in anger 50 years ago, wonderful vehicle but decidedly slow and heavy on fuel with the petrol motor instead of a diesel. Perfect though for permanent living, which is what appears to be happening.

    We have now transferred our 10 year old camper to a 4x4 Isuzu light truck with some modifications to allow us to do some interesting places. We've had that camper for over 10 years on the back of an Isuzu D-Max cab chassis tray back ute. Since switching to the new Isuzu NPS 75/155 truck and semi-permanently attaching the camper to the sprung mounted tray, one hardly notices it's on the back. The Isuzu truck has fantastic live axles front and rear, really eats up the terrain when things start to get interesting. Fitted a Torsen differential to the front, unbelievable unit.

    Mick.



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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by rdenney View Post
    I probably do—I know a couple of folks in ‘Stralia that have GMCs.

    PM me the names of your friends and we will compare notes.
    Will do.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Woodbury View Post
    Attachment 212686

    These folks brought this from Europe and were driving from Alaska to the bottom of S. America. At this time, they had dropped anchor in the Sonoran desert in need of a part.
    Plenty of air between the chassis and body there. Looks like they have done it right with the torsion mounting.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    Your single cab chassis cruiser with a tray back and fitted with a Trayon Slide-On camper, would be close to the ultimate go anywhere vehicle. Combine that with a rooftop stand for a tripod and you're laughing. That said, my own experiences with rooftop racks and tripods, is one where the slightest breeze gently rocks the vehicle, thereby making even moderately long exposures iffy. If the wind is much greater than 6m a second, you sway somewhat.
    Yeah I looked into those sorts of options, all too expensive for me. I will do this fitout for maybe $2000 all up, those slideon units can cost $20k easily.

    You're right about the wind/rocking, it can be a real problem with LF but I also shoot digital and hand held so that often doesn't matter.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    That 6x6 looks like an old International F1 ex military. I used to drive those in anger 50 years ago, wonderful vehicle but decidedly slow and heavy on fuel with the petrol motor instead of a diesel. Perfect though for permanent living, which is what appears to be happening.
    Correct, a 1971 F1. It has a Perkins diesel in it these days so that helps with the fuel, still only 4KPL though, dunno what that is in MPG. But we used to average 137k per WEEK, so the overall cost of fuel was not as bad as most people would think.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    We have now transferred our 10 year old camper to a 4x4 Isuzu light truck with some modifications to allow us to do some interesting places. We've had that camper for over 10 years on the back of an Isuzu D-Max cab chassis tray back ute. Since switching to the new Isuzu NPS 75/155 truck and semi-permanently attaching the camper to the sprung mounted tray, one hardly notices it's on the back. The Isuzu truck has fantastic live axles front and rear, really eats up the terrain when things start to get interesting. Fitted a Torsen differential to the front, unbelievable unit.
    Sounds (and looks) like a good rig. Isuzus are great trucks and a lot of people put their engines into things like mine. I see you have put singles on the back (I assume they have duels as standard), that's a good move as well.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    One word:

    Pinzgauer.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Dugan View Post
    One word:

    Pinzgauer.
    Yeah they are good and not too large I think.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Well the Haflinger which I drove a fair amount and at one stage was demonstrating just how good they could be to other Army drivers, was the forerunner of the Pinzgauer.

    The Haflinger was quite a good vehicle, but it was small, I and three others using some army built handles, were able to pick it up and walk carefully with it. Basically we used to do a 180 degree turn then drive it back where it came from. All of the Haflingers I drove, always had a complimentary trailer. Without the trailer you really couldn't transport 4 people and their luggage. Luggage went into the trailer.

    The Pinzgauer came in two forms, 4x4 and 6x6, I managed to drive one of the then two 6x6 Pinzgauer units in Australia. Really impressive vehicle and one that would go pretty much over the terrain any non tracked vehicle was capable of traversing. It also had an impressive 2.5 tonne load capacity, which enabled one tour company I know of in Australia to carry customers and their luggage to extremely remote and difficult to get to destinations with relative ease. The Pinzgauer could also have locking differentials applied on the fly, something that can and does make a difference as you are climbing a difficult ascent or in the middle of a river that suddenly becomes unstable underfoot

    Another vehicle that pretty much gets you anywhere, and I mean anywhere, is the Australian built and conceived OKA. One issue with the OKA is that quite a few of the main components, think axles and differentials, are sourced from the USA. This can make running repairs in the bush interesting; they are non metric. One memorable short trip was when I was a passenger in an OKA around 20 years ago. About 10 of us packed inside an OKA and we took off going about 400m down a river, then turned off and headed inland to check out how the stock were fairing in a riverside paddock that was flooding. The return trip was more interesting as we were heading upstream into a flood force stream, took a bit of effort.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4k1ZbJS80E


    Mick.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    I wish we could get Land Cruisers like that in the US.

    I looked at the basic Nissan those campers are based on. They are clearly made for driving on city streets and have only about six inches of ground clearance.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by j.e.simmons View Post
    I looked at the basic Nissan those campers are based on. They are clearly made for driving on city streets and have only about six inches of ground clearance.
    One of our neighbors has a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper. Two others have Nissan type campers. The owner of the Volkswagen T3 Westfalia camper regularly uses it on the backroads and beach camping grounds of New England. The two owners of the Nissan type campers I don't think have ever taken their vehicles off paved roads so ground clearance has nor ever will be a problem for them. In town there is one Hummer that has been highly modified for off road travel. The modifications totally for show, total absence of scratches a dead giveaway. In our town there is a public parking lot that is 1/4 paved and 3/4 dirt. Regularly see the Hummer parked in the lot but have never seen it parked on the dirt part of the lot. You have to just smile when you see new off road vehicles with snorkels on them. I was told that it was a popular add-on/accessory at a Land Rover dealer in town. Have to bet that 99% of them will never go through a puddle that rises up to the bottom of their front bumper. Next to that dealership was a short stone paved "obstacle" course with a few steep hills and side tilted places... Totally for show. Rumor was that the only time it was ever used was in the middle of the night by Jeeps.

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    Re: Camper Van Suggestions in 2021

    late 60's we put a snorkle on a very basic DIY VW Mud Buggy

    I shot some lost film ot the driver sitting on the roll bar steering with his feet on the steering wheel, down a deep creek

    We had a lot of fun back then, here is Santa racing my brother, the far one first we built, Bus Reduction axles, steering brake, gas pipe frame

    The newer one got the snorkel later

    and always drove around Jeeps

    sometimes we rolled sideways down hills and just took off, later we added 'window' nets to avoid broken arms

    I flat towed the original to the Mojave and it may still be in use

    Santa Drag Racing 1971 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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