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Old 09-22-2020, 08:25 PM   #1
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This isn't mine but it pulled into a truck stop while I was getting gas. I went bonkers over it.

The ladies father built all of it from a 1992 donor truck. He fabricated anything that wasn't readily available. Nothing was farmed out and it took him 2 years.

I tried to get his number from her so he could do mine, but no dice. She wouldn't give it up. She said he likes to 'tinker'. I just laughed.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:26 PM   #2
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You may want to check with Sportsmobile to see if they can connect you with latest 4X4 converters for their Ford E-Series van campers. If I recall correctly, years ago they used Quigley for their 4X4, but don’t know what company they use now, or if done in-house.

I would think a 31-foot Class C would be a bit large to go off-road, but if easy terrain it may be OK.

If you want to dream a little, they had some cool 4X4 rigs on display at recent Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:38 PM   #3
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There's something so right about the results that a "Backyard Mechanic" can make happen!
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:23 PM   #4
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I saw this rig in a parking lot in the south of France last year

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Old 09-22-2020, 11:24 PM   #5
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If you’re not aware...
Ducksface (on this Forum) had a 4x4 transfer case and lift installed on his ‘18 Axis 24.1 (which is an E450 chassis)
He calls it a 6X6

I’ve seen it in person
It’s very cool.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:48 PM   #6
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I saw this rig in a parking lot in the south of France last year

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Was it on a Mercedes Vario chassis?
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:57 PM   #7
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You may want to check with Sportsmobile to see if they can connect you with latest 4X4 converters for their Ford E-Series van campers. If I recall correctly, years ago they used Quigley for their 4X4, but don’t know what company they use now, or if done in-house.

I would think a 31-foot Class C would be a bit large to go off-road, but if easy terrain it may be OK.

If you want to dream a little, they had some cool 4X4 rigs on display at recent Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf.
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Thank you for that. Honestly. She's 33 nose to tail, 53 pulling the toad. I'd dump the toad for the chance (sorry, no pun intended).

It has my interest. Thanks again.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:00 AM   #8
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Dude, this shit was so tight I was absolutely amazed. I'm an old gear head. I checked the welds. This guy laid a nice bead - everywhere. I crawled underneath. That's when I asked for his number. No dice.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:06 AM   #9
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If you’re not aware...
Ducksface (on this Forum) had a 4x4 transfer case and lift installed on his ‘18 Axis 24.1 (which is an E450 chassis)
He calls it a 6X6

I’ve seen it in person
It’s very cool.
I'm not interested in his posts or his sarcasm. Thanks anyway.

BTW, Chevy already labels some of their trucks 6x6 from the factory. Nothing novel there.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:15 AM   #10
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Dude, this shit was so tight I was absolutely amazed. I'm an old gear head. I checked the welds. This guy laid a nice bead - everywhere. I crawled underneath. That's when I asked for his number. No dice.
Does he have a Daughter that you could "pitch some woo" towards?
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:43 AM   #11
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I'm not interested in his posts or his sarcasm. Thanks anyway.

BTW, Chevy already labels some of their trucks 6x6 from the factory. Nothing novel there.


Agree!!!!!
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Does he have a Daughter that you could "pitch some woo" towards?
They were both so cute, I wouldn't even try. They belong together.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:52 AM   #14
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They were both so cute, I wouldn't even try. They belong together.
I was just thinking that getting to be part of the family might get you access...
Their cuteness is just an extra benefit!
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Old 09-23-2020, 01:06 AM   #15
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I was just thinking that getting to be part of the family might get you access...
Their cuteness is just an extra benefit!
I get that. Nice thought, but no, not really.

Hope all is well on the home front
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Old 09-23-2020, 01:19 AM   #16
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I'll put it this way: our basic stubbornness is serving us very well right now.
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Old 09-23-2020, 01:30 AM   #17
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Was it on a Mercedes Vario chassis?
I really don't know what it was. It had a logo on the side - "Wodike Offroadmobile" or, maybe, Wodeke. I did not find anything when I searched the web.
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Old 09-23-2020, 03:19 AM   #18
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The new Omni/Magnitude is on the F550 chassis and is 4X4
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:02 PM   #19
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I really don't know what it was. It had a logo on the side - "Wodike Offroadmobile" or, maybe, Wodeke. I did not find anything when I searched the web.

Looking at it closer, it looks like a Mercedes Vario chassis, which was unfortunately discontinued years ago in favor of increasing Sprinter size and payload. The Vario had body-on-frame design and came in heavy duty 4WD option, and was also wider, so it made it a popular conversion van, Cutaway or Cab chassis on which to build expedition motorhomes. Many I’ve seen pictures of were Do-It-Yourself, often with great results.

To me the perfect motorhome would be a very large van almost the size of a small Class A and the Mercedes Vario would have fit the bill if only imported to North America. I only saw one in person in US decades ago in California. In Europe I saw quite a few commercial units.
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