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.
If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
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.
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.
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
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