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Is anyone aware of any of these babies being used as Expo campers? I've seen a Unicat version and apparently its REALLY heavy and sluggish. Besides the obvious issues of large size and weight, what (if any) other drawbacks would there be to using one of these as an Expo camper?
 

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I've heard the transmissions arn't up to the task of the extra weight. Also the rear axle's splines were reported (in some years) to sheer off.

If your going to go 6x6 might as well step up to 8x8, with a larger motor
 

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If I could afford a new Zetros I would. Sadly, one of those isn't in the budget right now. Are the 6x6's really that bad???
From what I've read, yes ... something about the linkage between the 2 rear axles sheering off. Also like mentioned before, the torque when all 6 tires are turning is a lot. Easy to ruin your transmission.

You're better off getting something that was designed from the ground up to be a 6x6 or 8x8. Not a 4x4 with an axle thrown on the rear.
 

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At the Eurosatory 2010 show, I was told a new Zetros 6X6 before options and taxes was ~90K euros. Not really too bad. And you can get 3.8 reduction in the transfer case for low range.
I'd buy a Zetros 6X6 in a second if they sold them in N. America, since I live here most of the time.

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That's cheaper than I anticipated. However I'm sure that by the time you add a few options you'd be up to 100,00 or 110,000 before taxes. Charlie . . . You need to buy a new Zetros and sell me your sweet U500.
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At the Eurosatory 2010 show, I was told a new Zetros 6X6 before options and taxes was ~90K euros. Not really too bad. And you can get 3.8 reduction in the transfer case for low range.
I'd buy a Zetros 6X6 in a second if they sold them in N. America, since I live here most of the time.

Charlie
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Nice Shots or one of these....

Very nice...Zetros looks alot like the American muscle iconic trucks...but if flat face is what you like...how about one of these...?
 

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And then theirs this...Actros!

Has't be the best looking truck to date...Would make a great longdistance platform for a Expedition Camper....I belive I've seen this used on Unicat's stuff.
 

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This thread reminds me of the question ''which Unimog is the best''. For me that always comes back to your intended application.
Let me assume for the moment that you are looking for greater payload capacity(weight/Area) long distance expedition platform. Why would you be looking at a unproven MB 6x6 vehicle. As kschlege said 'You're better off getting something that was designed from the ground up to be a 6x6 or 8x8. Not a 4x4 with an axle thrown on the rear.' For me something has to be around for quite awhile to be worthy of my respect. (So please don't dig up a pic of a 1957 411 that has an extra rear axle) Being a guinea pig does not work for me.
I would be much more comfortable traveling in a 'platform' that has a proven track record, something that I can see/read about the history, the good /bad..... Of course I'm not knocking any 6x6 made by MB because #1 I dont have one therefore I know next to jack crap about them #2 the tiny bit I have read raves for the most part about them #3 Iam not looking into a expedition camper based on a 6x6 MB product.
Realistically if the 2450L 6x6 suits your purposes in all ways ,shapes and form, then have at it and good luck.
Just my two cents
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Well, our ultimate plan it to head off on a multi-year round-the-world trip. There will be two of us plus two small dogs. I hope to work along the way (computer-based business) so would like to have a bit of space in the camper (decent sized table) for my work. We'd also like a fixed bed so my wife can sleep if I'm working late into the night. I've seen some nice campers on U1300s but they all seem a little cramped and as we'll be on the road for so long we'd like a little more space. We're open to any suggestions.
 

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I agree....Unless you have SAT phone with data access...a 1300L probably not the best choice unless you know your doing serious offroading more than 60% of the time. So go with a LMTV, MMTV, MAN, Bedford, ISUZU, Mercedes 1017...which has a 5ton rating... For Expedition long travels...these would do much better.

What are you exactly looking for? Picturs of layouts? Go to Unicat...and get ideas. There are several people doing exactly what you want to do...some with families of 4-6.
 

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Well, our ultimate plan it to head off on a multi-year round-the-world trip. There will be two of us plus two small dogs. I hope to work along the way (computer-based business) so would like to have a bit of space in the camper (decent sized table) for my work. We'd also like a fixed bed so my wife can sleep if I'm working late into the night. I've seen some nice campers on U1300s but they all seem a little cramped and as we'll be on the road for so long we'd like a little more space. We're open to any suggestions.
OK, I think now we're getting somewhere.
U1300L wheelbase is not the longest one of 4x4 Unimog's version you can get.
That's if you still want to go with Unimog.
I'll stick with metric and use recent Unicat Unimog based models as example.

First goes U1300L - w/b is 3250mm.
U5000 L38 - w/b 3800mm,(UHN)
U500 3900 - w/b 3900mm,(UGN)
U500 4200 - w/b 4200mm,(UGN)
U500 4500 - w/b 4500mm,(UGN)

Now some simple math:
4500-3250=1250mm that's over 4' difference.
The camper box of 4500 is about 15' long.
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