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Old 28th September 2009, 12:23   #61
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Stability; youíre right, it was a problem. The first time I took it into a curve loaded, I thought it might go over!
Itís not as topheavy as it looks though; most of the weight is under the floor.
I went back to work; upgraded the rear suspension to the 6 ton truck spring set, added 2 leaves to each front set. Then I added both front and rear stabilizer [anti-roll] bars, which werenít included in the stock chassis I bought. Now it handles really well, very flat in curves and plenty of suspension travel too.

Weíre white, so we make a scene anywhere in rural India; it most places, people left us some space. Other places seemed to have a lot of rude people. I donít think the size of vehicle made much difference.
A tempo traveler would certainly be more discreet, much cheaper, and easier to drive. But itís too light and small to carry much of what we wanted; firstly, a big water tank. Secondly, an AC generator, and thirdly, my motorcycle.
The big truck is a much nicer living space, but yes, you then have a big truck!
These are fundamental choices. Iíve met people traveling and camping by cycle, motorbike, car, jeep; some have bigger trucks than mine, up to 12 meters and 12 tons. It also depends on how long you want to be on the road. My truck is built to live in for indefinite periods; that would be tough in a tempo [but Iíve met people in similar vehicles who do].
Having a separate vehicle [my bike] to get the shopping is a huge plus when you have a nice camp set up somewhere.
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By seeing photos I can say it Still needs more refinements. A good attempt..
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A good attempt, but not a practical vehicle for camping i think. RVs in US costs cheaper, less noise, better toiletes. We are living in a developed countrty. Things will take time to shape up and may be by 10-15 years we'll be getting RVs in India too.
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Default Top choice for a MotorHome/Caravan/Camper vehicle for the Hills

Basic Need - Self Driven (LMV) for travelling (preferably in the hills) with a party of 6-8 people in an interactive setting and not just front facing people mover. With basic comfort features (PS, AC). Overall Vehicle cost (Under 10 lakhs, including customizations. Vehicle - Customizations = 6 lakhs Max).

The Idea - To use the rear space of a large vehicle in the following format -
1. Install 06 swivel seats (02 in each row) so all can face either forward, or center (front row backwards, middle row each other, rear row towards front), or Bench like (left and right side facing each other).
2. Install reclining/convertible benches which can be made into a bed.
3. Simply install a bed and other accessories like a motor home.

Query - Now, which vehicle can be considered for this? I am thinking either a Ford Endeavour (benefit of a 4x4) or a Mercedes MB100/140 Van. Both such vehicles are available in 3-6 lakh range on OLX and further customizations will be done separately.

I am not so sure why a van should be considered (perhaps they have more space since considerable length of SUV bodies are occupied by the engine and smaller wheel arches) but somehow that is the obvious choice for most small motorhomes.

I do not mind the following -
1. Restricted/No entry from rear doors and only Rear Hatch to be used.
2. Height of seating, bedding (SUVs will be higher).
3. Full or Most facilities of motor home missing (sinks, TV, Inverter, Shelves etc). Need only Sitting/Reclining/Bedding space (as per final choice) as long as Basic Need is satisfied.

Current vehicles under consideration -

SUVs - Ford Endeavour, Trooper, Pajero.
For: Large, squarish body, power, 4x4 option, Other SUV traits (large wheels, gc etc.)
Against: High CG, uneven rear space and floor.

Van - Mercedes Benz MB100/140
For: Large tall space, Even space, maneuverability.
Against - No 4x4 option, less power.

Please add/edit/suggest your options.
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