The idea came from watching the Dakar Rally. They have a class of race trucks they run across thousands of miles of harsh terrain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar_Rally#Truck_class.E2.80.94T4_and_T5
This truck isn't for races - unless it's against VW buses - but it's burly, reliable and should last a long long time with reasonable upkeep.
1998 Mitsubishi Fuso FG 4x4 with 45,000 miles - just now broken-in.
The FG has a beefy overbuilt axles and a low creeper gear. Combined with 4WD low and a rear limited slip differential, traction is not a problem.
Custom super-single wheels from Stockton Wheel
Custom bumper and torsion free camper mount from Off Road Auto Fab
Thule SMART RV slidable / removable ladder and bike rack.
The camper is removable and based on a 2006 Carson Rebel toy hauler includes:
- Solar panel.
- Two couches that fold-down into beds, or fold flush to the walls for hauling motorcylces and gear.
- Fridge / Stove
- Sink and shower with propane hot water heater and pressurized water
- Ramp in rear
Sink, stove, toilet and shower.
The back of the camper is a fold-down ramp. A tubular steel frame was added to the inside of the camper to provide a solid structure for storage and tie downs. Solar panel on the roof
- Five speed, Red button is a manual throttle control
Thermostat for heater
- Electrical and monitors for water and waste tanks
- Head / shower