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Military surplus vehicle for off road camping #4631882
01/11/18 09:03 PM
01/11/18 09:03 PM
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S California
OneEyeJack Offline OP
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Anyone here purchases a surplus military vehicle to convert into a camper or expedition vehicle?


Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631898
01/11/18 09:14 PM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Already an expedition vehicle by definition ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631907
01/11/18 09:27 PM
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Campbellsville, KY
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All kinds of ideas on instagram. I follow "crawlandhaul".

Maybe a bit overkill, but one heck of a starting point.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631913
01/11/18 09:31 PM
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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

Last edited by CourierDriver; 01/11/18 09:32 PM.

turn in your old jackets, shirts and other clothes to a Salvation Army or any homeless shelter this year...
Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631934
01/11/18 09:51 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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check out expeditionportal.com.




Respectfully,

Pajero!


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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631935
01/11/18 09:51 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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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.

SF


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631936
01/11/18 09:52 PM
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Many of them are not civilian street legal and can not be registered by civilians.


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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631939
01/11/18 09:54 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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.


Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631954
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'Stralia
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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4631961
01/11/18 10:17 PM
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Central Coast California
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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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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: bubbatime] #4631966
01/11/18 10:22 PM
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S California
OneEyeJack Offline OP
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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.

LINK

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

Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4632023
01/12/18 12:03 AM
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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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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: Ducked] #4632044
01/12/18 12:33 AM
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British Columbia, Canada
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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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Re: Military surplus vehicle for off road camping [Re: OneEyeJack] #4632048
01/12/18 12:38 AM
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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.

https://www.rally24.com/rally-cars-for-sale/ginaf-x-x-complete-x-assistance-truck-39453.html


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