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Old 08-13-2014, 02:31 PM   #31
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My friend had no problem with it either. I just have a irrational fear of drop-offs. I can drive east on Hwy 2 in Washington State but not west and I can drive west on Hwy 20 but not east. I just hope it doesn't get to the point where I can't even leave Bellingham.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:42 PM   #32
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After seeing a local 19' I was concerned about the fresh water tank being so vulnerable. In regard to the high lift kit- I got the impression that you only gained about 1" (25mm). Smilycook- was yours higher or was that enough to avoid rocks in uneven roads?

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The 17 defiantly has more ground clearance than our 4runner. I am not sure if it is 1 or 2" of extra height, but the blocks can be changed out to give you different amounts of lift. My biggest regret is not getting offroad tires put on.
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:48 PM   #33
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sjnuss- from the picture, it looks like the door seals are more than adequate to keep out mud. How about dust intrusion (doors and windows) as well as water from crossing through creek and runoff over roads?

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The door and widow seals worked great. We had no dust or mud inside during travel, but things do get dusty when stopped and opened up. We really did not do any creek crossings, at least nothing of any significance.

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Old 08-13-2014, 04:19 PM   #34
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Well- how about this for an idea. Since I will have to buy a tow vehicle anyway- how about doing a Fuso FG (4x4)/Escape Camper van? I love the idea of the Earth Cruiser vans- but the $200,000 U.S. is too much for me to justify. For somewhere well south of $90k complete with off-road suspension, snorkel and improved tires-imagine a 17' to 19' Escape mounted on a custom truck tray (ala XP Campers) made by local truck bed maker (could have lots of storage and additional water, batteries, etc). Just have to ask Reace if any special internal bracing would need to done. Fuso FG's can turn inside of a Mini Cooper and are pretty well respected around the world for parts availability and a long warranty.

Probably something wrong with this idea- but seems doable and in proximity price wise.

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:34 PM   #35
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Something similar has been done with a Casita (sorry don't have a link for you, but you may be able to search this out).

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:40 PM   #36
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Thanks for the tip. The link is

Mitsu Fuso Camper examples - Expedition Portal

The Casita is the first one.

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Thanks for the tip. The link is

Mitsu Fuso Camper examples - Expedition Portal

The Casita is the first one

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:53 PM   #38
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Since I will have to buy a tow vehicle anyway- how about doing a Fuso FG (4x4)/Escape Camper van?
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For somewhere well south of $90k complete with off-road suspension, snorkel and improved tires-imagine a 17' to 19' Escape mounted on a custom truck tray (ala XP Campers) made by local truck bed maker (could have lots of storage and additional water, batteries, etc).
This is actually a well-established idea. Trailers are really not ideally suited to mounting on a truck, but it is so much easier to start with one than build a good custom unit that it has appeal. Edit: now that I see the link above - posted after I started to reply - I realize that you know this already...

I have not seen this done with an Escape, but Escapes are relatively new. Other moulded fiberglass travel trailers have been used, such as a Casita as mentioned above. You might find these discussions in FiberglassRV.com interesting:I would not attempt to put an Escape body on a bed floor without the Escape frame or an equivalent; instead, it seems safer to keep the frame with the tongue cut off (or build an equivalent) and mount that frame to the truck at three (not four) points. Additional storage can be in boxes mounted to the truck frame.

From the same forum, here's a thread very relevant to the original question (not the truck-mounted idea):
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:19 PM   #39
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Someplace in the archives was a fella who wanted to marry a classic 5.0 to a truck frame and do exactly what you're describing. Sounds grand to me!
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I suppose making your own "earth cruiser" would be a cool project from a technical standpoint, but I don't see the practicality. Can you imagine the fuel you'd eat? The whole idea of an efficient lightweight towable goes right out the window, and now you're driving a delivery truck you can sleep in. But hey, different strokes....
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