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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    There is a difference between off road camping and living out of your rig long term. The extra space goes a long way.
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    Also, thanks for the link to that project, it's almost exactly what I plan on doing, only difference is popouts (hopefully).
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    Yea I got that once I started digging into what you used for a parts vehicle, judging by the quote you probably read my response before I figured out what was in a 915. I will give serious consideration to going this route, as I am no stranger to turning wrenches. Any specific reason you...
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    Nope, I don't know much about large diesel engines other than what I can read. I am assuming I would need to buy a big cam as what I had read on the NHC250 is that they are *not* easily convertible to big cam engines and most people recommended just buying a used one and refurbish because unless...
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    That's the frame rails themselves and not the bumper caps included on the ends? Also, suppose I could swap in a Big Cam Cummins, but I am trying to stay away from engine swaps out the gate as they easily add $10-20k when all is said and done. If I was going to swap, I think I would still go the...
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    First off, AFAIK, no state bans onroad use of surplus military trucks, and there is no precedent that I know of nor push to do it. Not even California bans them. They are road legal trucks no different than anything else on the road in their weight class. Second, a commercial camper isn't going...
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    900 series. Specifically the CTA refresh just before they swapped to the FMTV. I don't like the FMTV C7 engines, and the NHC 250 is a bit of a slug.
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    5 ton expando vs. extra long wheelbase cargo.

    Looking to build a Class A style offroad R.V. when I sell my house for full time living in. Anyone know the functional difference in length between an expando and a xlong cargo 5 ton frame? They are both listed as being on the xlong frame, but the cargo looks longer behind the rear wheels and...
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    Small battery like cylinder on back of alternator?

    Thanks for the quick response.
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    Small battery like cylinder on back of alternator?

    Just pulled my passenger side alternator to replace it, I noticed there is a small battery like cylinder bolted to the back with a wire and ring running to one of the posts that is not on the replacement alternator. Pic https://imgur.com/a/xyww5HW If someone could identify what it is, and what...
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    LED bulbs for GEN1/2 idiot lights?

    All you would need to do is place a resistor in the circuits so that it mimicked a standard incandescent I believe. It's something that's required in a lot of things that were originally designed for incandescent lightbulbs.
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    LED bulbs for GEN1/2 idiot lights?

    Nevermind, I found an old thread about complete LED light conversions in the dash, people say that the Gen lights stay lit all the time so it does not work.
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    LED bulbs for GEN1/2 idiot lights?

    I know that the bulbs are required for alternator operation, and that they are prone to burning out. Anyone ever put in some modern LED bulbs since they virtually never burn out? I know their resistance is a lot lower than a normal incandescent, but would the exciter circuit really care?
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    Anyone have a copy of the roscommon 24v -> 12v conversion guide?

    ...and now I feel stupid. So many threads on SS just had the link to when it was hosted at rosc, didn't even think to check the stickies to see if SS had a copy hosted here. Thanks.
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    Anyone have a copy of the roscommon 24v -> 12v conversion guide?

    Thanks, the second link does look like what I remember, but is quite difficult to read/print due to the gaudy background and blue text, I ended up copy and pasting it into word so it was a bit less painful to look at. Hopefully someone can post up the original .pdf and I will just host it free...
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    Anyone have a copy of the roscommon 24v -> 12v conversion guide?

    Apparently the place that hosted it took it down. 404 Error trying to access http://www.roscommonequipmentcenter.com/news_notes/nn10.pdf If someone can find me a copy I will host it on my organizations website so that people still have access. I was all set to do this project today and then...
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    Largest battery combinations? M1028

    Wow, looks like running 4 batteries is not nearly as rare as I originally expected. I am surprised that the weight of 4 cracked the fender though.
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    Largest battery combinations? M1028

    I ended up getting 2 Odyssey 1500s to start, will add two more later if I feel the need, just could not justify the full $1200 up front.
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    Largest battery combinations? M1028

    If that's true then I can grab some Odyssey 1500s, I don't really have any brand loyalty to Optima...
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    Largest battery combinations? M1028

    That's why I asked originally, I have a NAPA right across the street and picking up a few AGM batteries is as simple as walking 400 feet. With the prices I am looking at right now I may just pick up two yellow tops to get me by. Not sure if I want to spend $1200 right now on batteries. The...
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