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Old 01-07-2010, 06:31 PM
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I'd be more interested in the next generation TR40:

Longer wheelbase -that is one funky looking bed.
+30Hp/60Tq tune.
Wider doors.
Lower profile cab for improved aerodynamics.
Improved OEM styling - reproportion cab, bed, windows, doors (start fresh)
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:50 PM
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All I'd want is a 7 foot bed...
I'd settle for 6 feet. The one on there is way too short.

-pete
I'm with you on that Pete, that's not much of a bed. I've been doodling around trying to make an off road camper fit on a tray bed on a TR40, and wow... not much there to work with.

Here's a sketch, too tall, and dimensions are wrong, but something to keep me thinking while I'm waiting and wondering if we're ever going to see these trucks.

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Old 01-10-2010, 05:55 AM
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Nice! You'd almost have to extend the frame rails a bit to make that work stability-wise I suppose (extra suspension tweaks are a given but should be easy to do). But that's all probably dooable. If you go to the Austrailian site, they show several flatbed style options. Some of those might be a good platform to start w/ for a camper.

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:15 AM
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Great idea, it should be able to carry one nicely but I can't imagine what a cab over would look like with the current mutant bulbous cab and short wheelbase.
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Great idea, it should be able to carry one nicely but I can't imagine what a cab over would look like with the current mutant bulbous cab and short wheelbase.
"Unique" is the best word I've come up with yet.

Pete, agreed. Extending the frame would help. The problem is the overhang, and the departure angle, which already is somewhat untenable, which drove the 45 degree 3' overhang. That allows for a trailer to be pulled, and also doesn't adversely affect departure angle.

To combat the lack of space, I'm thinking of a slightly different approach than a normal camper. The interior of the coach is mostly for sleeping and storage, with the hard slide out being used to hang a tent enclosure to make a 2nd room, which would be used for cooking and such. It owes much to the Australian caravan designs. If you did that, you might even be able to fit a shower and a composting toilet in that itty bitty bed. A scary thought, but the carrying capacity is there, for sure. Nida core and aluminum would allow this design to weigh in at about 550kg.

The height is all wrong on that drawing, I'm just dreaming.

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Didn't think about departure angle. Still a slick idea overall. Let's hope u get a chance to actually consider doing it on a REAL TR40...
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:26 PM
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Durable vinyl interior with Neo Supreme covered seats.
When the dogs, kids or me climbs in covered in mud we just hose it out.
And while I'm on my "wish list" - how about vent windows?
Man, I miss those! (even when they'd get a bit loose and "whistle" as you ran down the road).
Seriously - just a simple diesel truck and hopefully at a simple price.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:19 PM
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yep, good ole wing vents. I'd like that. These types of pratical niceities will help mahindra be a sucess here in the usa
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They are somewhat light trucks. Fill up some sandbags to throw in the bed on top the rear tires and I'm sure it would do fine even in 2wheel.
I have a 65 gallon plastic tank with molded legs to sit across the bed of my 92 Ranger P-U with a drain valve attached. I simply fill it with water @ roughly 8lbs/gal, until I have 25-30 gallons and leave it all winter. You can use 1/2 gal of antifreeze to keep it from freezing hard. It has plenty of room for expansion and can easily be drained and removed. If you have any questions I can post a picture of the set up.
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Lift kit to fit 33" Toyo Mud Terrains.
Blacked out, no damn chrome.
Light bar.
Tow hitch to pull dirt bike trailer.
Manual transmission.
A/C
Neoprene seat covers.
No carpet!
No sliding rear window.
Crank up windows.
As little electrical junk as humanly possible in todays uber safety equipped vehicles!

In short, give me a small 4x4 pickup with good utility uses, decent fuel mileage, with a diesel engine that can haul 4 people comfortably.

No GPS, no 300 disc CD changer, no silk carpet, no European Leather seats...basics. A good solid, basic truck that is durable, effecient and tough as nails. Did I mention durable?
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