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The_Breeze 09-22-2020 09:25 PM

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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.

Chance 09-22-2020 10:26 PM

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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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Bob Denman 09-22-2020 10:38 PM

There's something so right about the results that a "Backyard Mechanic" can make happen! :thumb:

Bill in Redlands 09-23-2020 12:23 AM

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I saw this rig in a parking lot in the south of France last year

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taylorbob1 09-23-2020 12:24 AM

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 :hatw1:

I’ve seen it in person
It’s very cool.

Chance 09-23-2020 12:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Bill in Redlands (Post 256230)
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?

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Chance (Post 256221)
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.

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 01:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Denman (Post 256223)
There's something so right about the results that a "Backyard Mechanic" can make happen! :thumb:

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.

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by taylorbob1 (Post 256231)
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 :hatw1:

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.

Bob Denman 09-23-2020 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by The_Breeze (Post 256243)
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?

Tony&Sheryl 09-23-2020 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by The_Breeze (Post 256244)
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!!!!!

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 01:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Denman (Post 256245)
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.

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 01:45 AM

:thumb:

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Originally Posted by Tony&Sheryl (Post 256249)
Agree!!!!!


Bob Denman 09-23-2020 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by The_Breeze (Post 256250)
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... :D
Their cuteness is just an extra benefit! :thumb:

The_Breeze 09-23-2020 02:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Denman (Post 256253)
I was just thinking that getting to be part of the family might get you access... :D
Their cuteness is just an extra benefit! :thumb:

I get that. Nice thought, but no, not really.:)

Hope all is well on the home front :)

Bob Denman 09-23-2020 02:19 AM

I'll put it this way: our basic stubbornness is serving us very well right now. :thumb:

Bill in Redlands 09-23-2020 02:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Chance (Post 256238)
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.

kwplot34 09-23-2020 04:19 AM

The new Omni/Magnitude is on the F550 chassis and is 4X4

Chance 09-23-2020 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Bill in Redlands (Post 256266)
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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Bob Denman 09-23-2020 01:12 PM

I've seen some Unimog-based RVs, and they looked very serious! :coolsmiley:


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