An Off-Road RV You Can Actually Afford | Outside

An Off-Road RV You Can Actually Afford | Outside


(upbeat guitar music) – Hey, what’s up, everybody? My name is Jakob Schiller, I’m the online gear editor
at Outside Magazine. We are at Overland Expo West,
here in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kinda late in the day. We were walking around, trying to check out some of the cool rigs, and we come across this thing, which I have no idea what it is, but it’s gigantic and it’s cool and I’m here with Tom Strada, the owner, who’s gonna tell us what the heck it is. So, what is this thing? – [Camera Man] Take it away. – Yes. – All right. This started out as a troop carrier. An M923A2, and it did it’s
service in the military in whatever fashion. I was not entirely sure. So– – How’d you get it? How’d you find it? – I was at an event similar to this. Different, you know, event. But I saw something in,
similar to the way it looked and I said my god I need
something like that in my life. I said that’s exactly
what I’ve been thinking. Something of that nature. I wanted to build an RV that had guts. So the sides are 14-gauge diamond plate from the bottom to here. And the reason why– – [Jakob] Steel. – Steel, yes. At the moment it weighs
let’s call it 30,000 pounds. – Okay, and how big of
an engine is in there? – It’s got an 8.3 Cummins
6-cylinder turbo diesel, five speed Allison automatic transmission. – Was that stock that it came– – Stock. – Okay, and then what’s the– – It already had the gusto, so. – It was there. – And it, I wanna say if I’m correct, it’s got 250 horsepower, and 795 toward 800 pounds of torque. – How many miles to
the gallon does it get? – Well after my calculations, over putting about 6,000 miles
on it over the last year, it’s about seven. – Cool. And you’re saying each tire
weights 450 pounds per tire? – About 450 pounds,
because the rims are 150, the tires another three, change (mumbles) so it’s not too far away
from four, four and a half. Now I didn’t know you were coming so I couldn’t vacuum. – Okay, it’s okay. We won’t scrutinize. We are living in the dirt. – Yeah, yeah. – Walk us through all
that you’ve done inside. – Okay, from inside, if you can imagine after I built the skeleton
and I put the skin on now I got to go inside
and I got to insulate it. So I did the walls, the
insulation, the whole everything. I did the plumbing, it has
got it’s got a fifty gallon water tank, another fifty on the roof, – Wow. You have got a hundred
gallons on this thing? – Yeah, yeah. – So you use that for your sink, you have a shower I am guessing? – Full sized shower, sink. – What size bed do you have? – So I just got a cushion
from a futon from IKEA, that was easy. Same thing up here – Why is there a drill on the wall? – You never know. Something goes wrong, you got to drill something. – You have got your
sunglasses collection and your sunscreen collection. – They are accumulating from
people leaving them in here. Kitchen, I chose this
little gem. Two barber sink, yeah, so it works. I am
tearing up the place. And it goes away. Turns to this, I just got to slide out, cop load, cut her that way, because anything that you opened
up would not front load would fall out anyway having
driven like a, you know. – It is a little bit of a rough ride. Let’s go upstairs. There is a third story, or a second story. Okay, so what are, you got solar panels? – Yeah I got solar- this
is my latest addition. This powers my interior lights,
they go to a battery bank of four six volt battery bank,
uh six bolt batteries AGM’s. – And then this is your putting green. – Yeah yeah. Drive any golf
balls off of, that would be kind of neat. – Okay so we have seen
it all. It’s amazing. Tell us what you bought for
this thing, at the beginning how much did you pay for this? – Well, in my efforts to find
one I found a gentlemen who had three on Craigslist.
Apparently his wife said three is too many, you got to get rid of one. So, long story short, I paid
ten grand for the truck. Base truck. My total, I guess with the
materials and components, maybe I stuck another forty into it. Fifty? Forty-five? – Got it. – So we have to do dust shows
maybe I got fifty, fifty five grand into it. And I am
out there again seeing some of the bigger, higher,
sales tickets out there. – Five hundred, half a million dollars. – My hat is off to them,
I mean, but my god that’s I do not know if I could.
It’s a lot of money. – Yeah you have sweat equity in this one. And the value of sweat equity verses real cash is immeasurable. – Exactly, sure. So, I’m still not walking right
after building this truck. I fell off a couple of
times, almost lost an eye in some of the grinding and
fabricating processes but. – Here you are. – Here I am. With you guys. I am blessed. Expo, 2017.


100 thoughts on “An Off-Road RV You Can Actually Afford | Outside

  1. You need a CDL to drive this thing come on dude. Diesel prices are high maintenance is ridiculous you have to pay a 2290 tax $550 a year. Unless I am missing something this thing isn't practical 🙄

  2. This is a great way yo go if you have the talent. My plans are to do this with the "camper" removable. With the camper off, this thing can be an incredible off road recovery vehicle. Either way, it's a true off road capable camping vehicle. & you can tow any toy hauler imaginable…….

  3. Interesting truck. With a little adjustment here and there it will be edging awesome. Though if anyone thinks of putting solar on their roof make sure there is airflow under them as well. The flexible panels, like he has, can overheat and burn. Correct instillation will keep issues from arriving.

  4. So… and RV you can afford to BUY, but you can't actually afford to drive anywhere that's not in 100 mile radius? 😀

  5. Jude'lu
    Mommy got it elder based son
    We're being extracted

    THAT'S a fucking thanks MINYON MOORE

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  6. It's Burt Gummers son, LoL. Time to hunt some Graboids.
    Is there access to the cab behind him there? How is that done? Also, I thought the old ones had multi-fuel capability?
    I'm really interested in going this route. Anyone who can help with info about the pros & cons, how to avoid problems, etc.

  7. The weight, tho. Better skip those quaint little country bridges. 7 mi. to the gallon? I guess if you can afford to drive an average RV, you can afford to drive this. At least this could survive a rolling over…and an airstrike. lol

  8. he has such an amazing car yet he was able to create such a shitfest -.- it looks like a 100 dollar build xD

  9. That guy has a macho issue hahaha OMG what a joke. Dude if everybody should drive their oversized ego in a trunk like this, you can forget about any nice nature to go to in a short time, because it'll all be fucked by forest fires, floods and fuck ups in big trucks hohoho.

  10. Shit like these are fucking money pits. You can afford to purchase it sure. The upkeep and maintenance is where you get screwed. This guy is the exact dumbshit that would waste his fucking money on that pos. I see fucking clowns everywhere.

  11. I have a old 1980 RV it's very affordable $800 bucks the wooden framing is rotting out the motor is a Chrysler 440 crappy plastic Thermo carburetor when it runs it's great when it stumbles throws a fireball the size of a mini van out the tailpipe 7mpg sounds about right
    My RV would be destroyed if I took it off the pavement so to those thinking this guy's beast is to pricey you get what you pay for to have someone build that your looking at three times his cost easy
    If your going off the beaten path past the parking lot expect to pay yes there are cheaper RV's I have one lol 😎 I'm waiting for the windshear to peel it off the frame lol 😎

  12. On top of that amazing build, you just know that the damn thing is always going to start. I mean, anyone who served and drove one of these things, knows for sure that, 10000 years from now, when they are digging the remains of our civilization, they will find one of these monsters, turn the ignition switch, and it'll start in a cloud of burnt oil and diesel…

  13. That by far is the biggest target / death trap I've seen thus far…if the looters rioters and militias dont get to you the military forces definitely will

  14. Nice truck. Very affordable if You own an oilrig. Crazy idea, but I like the truck. In the military we built our own RV's. We had a lot of vehicles, so we did some conversions to make life easier. We made them look like standard trucks. Service and inspection, could be a problem, so a clever guy designed them as boxes, You could remove – within minutes without a trace. It was an official secret. But You never know. Semper Paratus – always prepared… SNAFU.

  15. Tom, I met you at Rowher Flat a week ago. Pulled up next you and threw it in reverse to talk before getting on the highway.

  16. Love this guy!!!!! and that's coming from a woman, oh well, love the Rambo type!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the rig is really breath taking!!!!! Damn hope he has an appreciative woman!!!!!

  17. Cool dude from Jersey!! Knew it as soon as the first words came out of his mouth. About my age and the type of guy I probably would have hung out with back in the day!!

  18. I don't understand the criticism about him. If ever the SHTF, he precisely the type of person you'd adopt straight into your family.

  19. Yeeessss this is the most intelligent choice to make, because military trucks are strong vehicles 💪💪

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