Bob's Big Adventure Truck
We stole this UHual truck because they thought it had a bad
transmission. Actually, it had a bad modulator valve at a cost of
$15. We got a $2,000 discount on the truck because of the tranny
problem. I am impressed with the UHaul maintenance
otherwise. The brakes are in perfect shape with brand new
pads. The front end is tight and it tacks down the road straight
as an arrow. It doesn't leak a drop of oil or any other
fluid. It had two 60 month Interstate batteries 9 months old and
a brand new alternator. I would not hesitate to recommend a
UHaul truck to anyone wanting a larger truck!
UHaul had it governed at 65 mph. That was kind of nice since you
could basically put a brick on the gas pedal and it would not go over
67mph down a hill on the Interstate. Not leaving enough alone, I
got a 3:55 rear end gear set on EBay to replace the existing
4:11. So now the truck will easily do 75 mph. I hoped my
fuel millage would go up 15% as my old van did when I changed it's
gearing. Unfortunately, it is now very hard to drive 60-65 mph
and the aerodynamics of this big old box are hard on the millage.
If I can hold my speed down, I can indeed get a little over 11
mpg. However, at 65-70, my millage is about 10.5 mph.
Pulling the boat at those speeds increases the fuel consumption to
about 9.8 mpg. Not great, but pretty decent for a rig this
size. BTW, it's a diesel and we will add another 60 gallons of
fuel capacity soon.
We found some church/airport van windows at a great price, so put some
in. The UHaul seats were not very good, so we took some 6-way
out of a Mecedes 300TD I bought for the motor. We had to modify
the platforms and we didn't bother to make them rotate thinking that we
aren't going to be hanging out in the truck when parked at a
We put down some foam board over the aluminum floor, then topped that
with some 3/4" Advantech boars. This helped insulate the truck
tremendously for cold weather camping.
At the junk yard, I found a nice leather fold down seat out of a
We might put a 3rd window in the port side. And we'll put a wall
behind the seat to block off the cargo area. Then we'll put some
fold down pipe births back there and some hammock hooks.
We'll be able to sleep 7 in beds and another couple in hammocks.
We'll put a bed in the "Granny's Attic". My Grandkids have
already staked that bed out!
We cut out a walk through from the cab to the box. There are two
problems in that operation. There is a 2.75" gap that needs to be
filled and sealed and the the cab is mounted on rubber dough nuts, the
box is bolted down solidly. We choose to fasten the box to the
cab solidly for now to see how it fairs. I expect it will work
loose and start leaking. But for now it is working OK.
My Son will carpet the wall and walk through. In fact the scrap
carpet is already in my garage.
One of the best things I've found for trailering is to bag the halyards
on the forward end of the mast. It makes it quick and secure for
- I have an air conditioner that we have simply placed
in the back door, but will mount in a box at the aft end of the
- I have an extra set of C22 windows that
will go in the attic part.
- I need some paneling and already have
some interior lights.
- We've got a house batery box built and I'll
wire it soon with a simple Perko on/off switch (hopefully, I'll never
drain all 3 batteries too much to start!).
- A motor stand for the outboard.
- At the nationals, a guy gave us the hardware for an awning!
Too cool, I'll fix it up this winter.
SV The Pursuit