An opportunity to acquire an expedition vehicle with proven capable of traveling the world at an unbeatable price.
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In June of 2017 we returned from 5 years traveling around the world in this vehicle, that was the expedition for which the vehicle was acquired/built.
We have no current plans to use this vehicle for extended travel and the plans we do have will see this vehicle sitting in a garage at our house without being used for at least the next 2 years. Rather than "waste" the vehicle in this manner we have decided to sell it.
These types of expedition vehicles do not come on the used market often and when they do they are usually a good deal more expensive that our asking price.
There are reasons for the attractive price:
The truck is a 2003 US Spec long wheelbase Unimog U500 imported and sold originally by Freightliner. The US Spec trucks has different gearing compared to the European version that allows a top speed of 70mph and a comfortable cruising speed of 60mph.
Truck is fulltime 4 wheel drive with selective locking of the center differential, the rear differential and the front differential.
As mentioned the transmission is manual. There are 8 forward speeds and 3 ranges for a total of 24 forward and 18 reverse gears. All provided by a combined transmission and transfer case.
Engine is 280 HP, OM906 Mercedes engine, 6.4 liter 6 cylinder turbo charged, electronically controlled and does not require lower sulphur fuel. This last factor was the primary driver of our selection of this vehicle.
Tires are Michelin XZL 395/85R20 mounted on Hutchison Aluminium wheels. Spare is mounted on rear of camper and is lowered by an electric winch.
Vario pilot which allows the driving position to be moved to the right hand side of the vehicle. We used this feature during 2015 when we traveled in England and Scotland.
After market RedDot air conditioning. This was fitted because we were told by other owners that on the vario-pilot version the A/C was a bit weak.
The truck has three fuel tanks with a total capacity of 200 gallons.
For cold weather starting the engine has:
3 external black metal storage boxes mounted to the underside of the camper. 2 in rear, 1 next to entry door.
A large "pass-thru" storage comparment under rear bed that is accessed via external rear side doors in the camper body.
Two gray water tanks. One 20 gallon tank for kitchen sink waste water mounted inside the camper body. One 30 gallon tank mounted under the camper body for the shower, this one is heated by engine coolant.
Dometic skylight over bed with removable outside metal cage to prevent forced access during shipping.
5 Armor Vision windows with stainless steel covers for shipping or extra protection. These windows have inbuild sun shades and insect screens, are dual pane, and have armoured glass. Unlike Sietz windows, which I have also owned in other vehicles insects do not sneek past the screen.
Magic fan mounted in roof in forward part of camper body.
Roof mounted 14,000 BTU low profile air conditioner. Runs from 110volt shore power, or 110volt from generator.
Camper heating is provided by engine coolant passing through a radiator mounted inside the camper body. The radiator has a fan which blows air over the radiator when heat is required. The switch is thermostatically controlled. If heat is required when the engine is not running the thermostatic switch turns on the Websato heater to heat coolant. Start up time in cold weather is 2-3 minutes.
The heated air is circulated into the main camper compartment, the bathroom and the underbed storage area.
Passthru between camper and truck cab. The passthru can be closed by a sliding metal door, that can be locked from the camper side to prevent driver access to the camper during shipping.
Isotemp slim rectangular hotwater tank heated by engine coolant and the webasto 90 ST. Located under the kitchen sink.
This is a real luxury as at the end of each days driving there is piping hot water avaiable for a shower.
Two Sterling 35 amp battery-battery chargers. These devices allow the truck alternator to apply the correct charging profile to the AGM camper batteries.