Date registered: Oct 2009
Vehicle: 2015 Rubicon Unlimited (Let the shame be upon me!)
Location: Long Island, NY
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Scott at EI is one of the grand old men for unimogs in the US specifically but not limited to the 404.
AV is a massive resource for Ag and other working trucks and carries an amazing reputation in both information and supplying the odd bits and bobs.
Andy at VK Cars has had a hand in brining many high quality trucks into North America and is generally regarded as a top notch dude.
Merex in Germany is able to supply nearly gaggenau/wurth level service and support and is known to not sell crap, ever.
Hellgeth is the Vulcan’s forge for trucks that go fast, faster, fastest! Expensive but speed is a function of money and you are hard pressed to do better in terms of ROI.
Schussler offerers a wide range typically and offers renewal services if you want a turn key showroom truck.
The real questions here is not who but what; what do you want to use as the base truck and what do you want it to do? What are the limitations and restrictions you can accept? Unimog are amazing at what they are amazing at and a real donkey show at what they aren’t. The trick is recognizing the differences and harmonizing your want & need list to target trucks.
An good example is the fact that despite coming from the fatherland they are not designed for or intended for prolonged high speed highway travel. Despite having eight speeds in three ranges plus a gear splitter that effectively doubles this, you don’t go any faster as all these gears are to make it go slower! They are heavy and thirsty and expensive and a mystery to a significantly large fraction of mechanics in the US; they are not like other trucks. They are not a 4wd Winnebago.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. They are an amazing all conditions hauler and within reason if you can’t get there in a unimog you have no business being there. Sand, snow , mud, rocks, swamp: unimog can do it. Need to build a camper that’s a scale model of your house? Unimog can haul it. Need that camper to cross the Altar? Done.
It’s mostly a matter of matching the reality of the truck to expectation of the user. Race trucks can fly and do 80mph but they make very poor long term middle of nowhere working machines. Ag trucks can just about stop the rotation of the earth with traction and working rigs can carry so many implements you have no idea where the people fit but they top out at 45 and need WOT going down hill.
What do you want unimog to do for you and we can help you find and configure a solution.
-= Francis =-
These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling, And took their wages, and are dead.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood, and earth's foundations stay; What God abandoned, these defended, And saved the sum of things for pay.