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#4631882 - 01/11/18 09:03 PM Military surplus vehicle for off road camping
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7480
Loc: S California
Anyone here purchases a surplus military vehicle to convert into a camper or expedition vehicle?


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#4631898 - 01/11/18 09:14 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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Already an expedition vehicle by definition ...
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#4631907 - 01/11/18 09:27 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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All kinds of ideas on instagram. I follow "crawlandhaul".

Maybe a bit overkill, but one heck of a starting point.
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#4631913 - 01/11/18 09:31 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 12/27/09
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My lower back would be gone in this,,,lol Im sure 10s of thousands will be sold for camping/off road can't wait to see them in the state parks this summer--would look good in my yard..lol


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#4631934 - 01/11/18 09:51 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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check out expeditionportal.com.




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#4631935 - 01/11/18 09:51 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 12/31/17
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Loc: Alberta
I don't have one but have seen many in western Canada. Funny thing is, I never really see them anywhere seriously off road. Maybe if you hate to see a Mercedes Benz Van on a soggy gravel road, this is way to go.

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#4631936 - 01/11/18 09:52 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Loc: South Florida
Many of them are not civilian street legal and can not be registered by civilians.
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#4631939 - 01/11/18 09:54 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 08/15/08
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Loc: USA
I've always been tempted but I've also seen a LOT of Army surplus M35 trucks for sale by private owners, which to me seems to indicate that owning a multi-ton vehicle isn't cheap or easy.

They won't be comfortable to ride, they won't be convenient to use, they won't be cheap to repair or upgrade, and they take up a lot of space. They're good for driving in rough and tough places and carrying a lot of weight..and not much else by design.

I have, however, had my eye on buying one of these if I can find one with AC and a hydraulic bed.


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#4631954 - 01/11/18 10:10 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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#4631961 - 01/11/18 10:17 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 11/10/13
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Loc: Central Coast California
They look really cool and are capable, but unless you are in your 20's the harsh ride at 50mph with earplugs gets old fast.
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#4631966 - 01/11/18 10:22 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: bubbatime]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
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Loc: S California
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Many of them are not civilian street legal and can not be registered by civilians.


Most are street legal with no modifications and don't require a special license for private use.

There's an M1070 8X8 tank retriever in our area that has a Detroit diesel and is capable of towing 250K pounds. Its original purpose is to retrieve Abrams tanks and return them to a repair depot over rough terrain. He drives it all over the place. Same with those S&S M1078 cab-overs that are converted into campers. In town, there is an Oshkosh MK48 8x8. I've talked with the owners and none of them have had any trouble getting them licensed and insured and this is California.

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#4632017 - 01/11/18 11:48 PM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: Reddy45]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
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Loc: Taiwan
Lived in one of these in London for maybe a year. Might even be this one, since it was stolen (long story) and I don't remember the reg.



550 cc. When I called Honda for parts I'd get put through to the motorcycle dept. and sneered at. Surprisiingly roomy.

Then one of these, (but a bigger civilian version) which was also stolen.



The Honda was a lot less trouble.

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#4632023 - 01/12/18 12:03 AM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1984
Loc: US-WA
Ever since I was a kid I always wanted a BTR 70 for a fishing rig. Drive there, and without slowing down just go to the spot in the lake where you want to fish. They are not all that expensive, but transport and customs to US I imagine would eat me alive.
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#4632044 - 01/12/18 12:33 AM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: Ducked]
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Lived in one of these in London for maybe a year. Might even be this one, since it was stolen (long story) and I don't remember the reg.

Then one of these, (but a bigger civilian version) which was also stolen.

Are you sure they weren't just towed? Sorry, couldn't resist.
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#4632048 - 01/12/18 12:38 AM Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Loc: New England
Too avoid being "camped out" in the right lane at 50 m.p.h. you want to get to the campsite as quickly as possible and not lift as the road changes from asphalt to dirt/gravel.

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