That's not why we cut it off. The door on our box is going to be on the front. Our box is going to overhang the front of the bed just enough to deter rain water from running down the front and getting between the bed and the box.I feel Happy, but yet sad inside.
How much more room are you able to clear with the space between the bed and trailer without further mods?
Ah, no- I'm only a step or two ahead of you in the process. Numerous other (and smarter) members here have been helping to point me in the right direction.Hey boss, as I think you are the most knowledgeable person I have encountered on the MTVR platform...
They are all very similar....and we have similar plans for the truck, I was wondering if I could ask a couple of quick questions.
1. I was told to buy an 07’ or newer truck due to upgrades in some of the components but they weren’t sure what components were upgraded. Do you happen to know what was upgraded? My budget isn’t robust and I wanted to make sure that I am starting with the best truck possible as I plan on this being in my family for generations.
The truck is just about ready to accept the box.2. How is the progress coming on your build? I always enjoy reading your updates on what has been accomplished but I haven’t seen any recently.
Approximately 8 feet wide, 8 feet tall, and 16 feet long. That should make our height and width legal in all 50 states.Did you decide on box size?
No. We're gonna put our door on the front, and use the platform behind the cab as our front porch. We will have collapsible aluminum stairs on the left side, for our dog to be able to access the platform, and we will have a second bracket beneath the driver's door to be able to move the stairs over to allow our dog to access the cab....pass-through?
How does the machinegun hatch over the passenger seat(s) figure into that?I was concerned with the height maximum as I would like to have a cab over for a queen sized bed but wanted to keep the height under 13ft to ensure I left room for solar panels.
The cab is aluminum, folding, and bonded with industrial adhesives. Does your design work with that?3. I was planning on re-routing the exhaust/snorkel and extending the cab to make it a “crew cab” with parallel bench seats running perpendicular to the centerline of the truck. That should afford seating for six (family of five). I would add a table that extends/retracts from the floor or ceiling to providing a secondary function for dining (rotating captains chairs for the front seat).
We had looked into that, as well as simply sectioning our box to fit around the exhaust stack and/or intake snorkel.Have you decided if/how you will be moving the stacks? While moving the snorkel and exhaust seems like it would be simple, I have found that reality and my academic approach in planning don’t always align
You're welcome, and we are.Thank you for your time and I hope that you and your wife have an amazing day!
Do it when you are as young as possible- we saw so many broke -down old American tourists dragging giant suitcases all over Europe, and it looked like torture. We have done Europe twice (a month each time), and we can comfortably do Europe indefinitely, out of one 3-day assault pack. The only reason we carried a second pack, was so that I could carry six pairs of her high heels (and costumes to go with each pair) for certain photo shoots...After this build I plan on building a functional 20ft shipping container home, having it shipped to Spain/Portugal, and touring Europe with the family for a summer in 4-5 years.
This one?Note: I particularly enjoyed your story of picking up the Mrs. BMW.
PURCHASED? Your FD can get DOD surplus at no cost thru your state forester. Neb has one of the most active such programs in the country.I was also a lucky one that purchased one of these first trucks a year ago. I have been busy and now it is going to become part of our local fire dept. so a few changes were in order. Now I’m looking for the member that has been able to come up with a operators/service manual . I would like all vehicle operators on our department to go through this manual before being cleared to operate it.
Yes, we do have that option, We currently have 2 trucks thru that program. These trucks are pretty new to us civilians and I’m not sure if the forest service is receiving them here in Nebraska yet. Also there is one downfall with the Forest service trucks. They tell you how much water you can haul on them for on and off road use. It’s typically less then what we would like to be hauling.PURCHASED? Your FD can get DOD surplus at no cost thru your state forester. Neb has one of the most active such programs in the country.
The newer trucks have 3 major changes.1. I was told to buy an 07’ or newer truck due to upgrades in some of the components but they weren’t sure what components were upgraded. Do you happen to know what was upgraded? My budget isn’t robust and I wanted to make sure that I am starting with the best truck possible as I plan on this being in my family for generations.
Mine does have the transmission control with two readouts instead of one.The newer trucks have 3 major changes.
1. As MTVR mentioned, they have A/C as standard equipment.
2. A newer model of the Allison transmission and the next generation of the electronics controls for it.
3. Suspension changes for the factory installed armor.
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Paying attention to the GWVR is a pretty dang smart thing to do. #1 killer of Vol FF in vehicle wrecks is rolling tankers.Yes, we do have that option, We currently have 2 trucks thru that program. These trucks are pretty new to us civilians and I’m not sure if the forest service is receiving them here in Nebraska yet. Also there is one downfall with the Forest service trucks. They tell you how much water you can haul on them for on and off road use. It’s typically less then what we would like to be hauling.
I am hopeing they do start getting the mk23’s available as that may be the route we go next time.
That's a nice truck! I will stop looking, or I will buy one : )Greetings- I've been reading the Steel Soldiers forums for a while, but this is my first post here.
I just purchased an MTVR from GP. The vehicle is a 2007, indicating 3,443 miles and 216 hours. I spent hours scouring the Inspection Reports and photos, and tried to pick the nicest one. The only material defect apparent at this time, is that the CTIS is flashing. I have an extensive background in motorsports and vehicle repair- I'm hoping I'll be able to get that sorted out.
I recently retired, and my wife and I intend to convert it into an overland expedition type vehicle and register it as a motorhome (motorhomes do not require a CDL to operate on public roads).
I see that hundreds of these things have been sold, but I'm not seeing a lot of information out there. I'm gonna have a ton of questions (I know not to ask insurance questions here).
I gotta head to the bank to wire the funds over. I've asked for an SF97, to facilitate titling it in my state. I'll need to complete and submit my EUC. I've requested shipping bids from GP. And I'm gonna have to submit a bill of lading to get refunded on the California state sales tax. Anything else I'm forgetting?
Are there shipping options apart from whatever GP is going to offer me, that I should be considering?View attachment 793013View attachment 793065
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