OEM is a whopping 58 MPH. The final drive is just shy of 8:1, but there is an alternate R&P which fits and brings it down to a sensible 6.3:1. Thankfully, my rig already has these in the pumpkins. I've been to the low 70's in it, and that is plenty fast enough. The whole point is to take in the scenery. RPM at 60 becomes much more tolerable, and there is a minor mileage bump as well.
Looking good Chris, I'v done quite a bit of overlanding in B.C. and thought I'd like something different so I just bought an old 24ft pontoon boat. Restoration under way as an of grid live aboard, solar power, lpg on demand hot water, fresh water tank, fuel tank, 12v fridge and a bunch of other stuff. The plan is a river trip of about 500 miles on the Yukon river.
Back on track, it was a big week this week: cargo doors functional so I can open them remotely, remaining exterior panels have been installed, and the stairwell has been panelled off to close out the space for the step actuator. I just need a few days to dry things out a bit and then I will cover all the panel seams with the alu trim and call it sealed. Time for another round of pics:
A couple additional pics are posted in the build thread:
I am floored with my progress!! Thinking about a side hustle renting it out as a mobile dance hall. It's HUGE! The punchlist before we can "use" it: panel in the back seal up stairwell install accordion seal or at least the camper side cover plate over the passthrough make a motor/trans...
Well-spotted Larry. You are correct- the framing is in for the windows but I am getting the box set up before worrying about the accessory stuff. I eventually will poke the holes through the side walls for 5 windows, 2 roof hatches, and 1 vent in the bathroom/shower. We will have plenty of opportunity to view the outside from the inside, although the point of the vehicle is to go be outside...
Framing for the galley skylight and the 2 large and one bathroom window (fwd on the right) is visible in the pic here:
You can also see the framework for the side cargo hatch (left side) which still needs to get cut into the skin as well.
The remaining two windows are in the bedroom area at the far aft end.
XPS foam sheet. Cutting out the various needed shapes and assembling like a puzzle. They will be sandwiched between the outer skin, structural members, and inner wall (1/2" ply). I will tape up over all the seams to seal it all up as well as possible.
I have been considering spraying it all in and trimming/shaving to thickness, but the sheet seems a cleaner way to go at it.
Floor will have a nominal ~4.5" of insulation and the roof will have ~3".