Hello from Russian Truck owner

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  1. Zoltan Gaz66

    Zoltan Gaz66 Read Only Funster

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    Hi,
    I'm Colin from Kent, owner of a Russian Gaz 66 Military 4x4 truck which is being converted as a camper.

    I plan to use this beast to shuffle slowly down to the Alps for skiing in February so there is a mad rush on to finish the interior and test test test all of the systems before the trip. The cold weather has helped enormously as Ive spotted a number of potential issues before they become issues. I have already got several trial runs under my belt during the autumn so it is not an entirely unknown proposition
    The good thing about the Gaz is it is bomb proof mechanically and built for Russian winters. :thumb:
    The bad thing is it is powered by a 4.2 litre Russian V8 petrol engine :Sad:

    Not your average motor home but should get up to the ski resorts easily enough whatever the weather

    If anyone wants a good laugh I have documented the build here
    http://www.russianmilitarytrucks.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=4041

    This is what she looks like from the outside
    http://s1236.photobucket.com/albums... 66 pics/?action=view&current=02122010050.jpg

    С Новым годом! Zoltan
     
  2. sue1959

    sue1959 Read Only Funster

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    Wow, what does it look like from the outside?
    Anyway good luck and welcome.

    Sue

    Sorry didn't see 2nd link!
     
  3. Douglas

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    It should do well in Morocco if you chose to go there.

    Doug...
     
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    Looks a rugged bit of kit.:thumb:


    :welcome:
     
  5. bigfoot

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    What a beast!!!!:thumb:
    I would love to be behind you in the Caravan Club site office when you try to book it in!!!
    Have you thought of an LPG powered conversion? Or dual fuel,for when you go to Morocco?
     
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    Hi & welcome :thumb: thanks for the pics/ links :thumb: look forward to seeing the finished project
    terry
     
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    HI and welcome:thumb::thumb:
     
  8. bobandjanie

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    Hi :welcome: to motorhome fun. :thumb: Great bit of kit,:Smile: you will be everyone's best new friend on a wet rally field. :Wink::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: Bob and Jane.
     
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    I don't know what you drink, but I'll have a pint.

    Well, maybe not, must be 100% Russian Vodka.

    How else could anyone decide to convert that beast into a MH.

    I hope I see it one day. And a small Vodka might help me get my head round it :Smile:

    Do you wear parachutes in it ?

    If you get fed up with going to Switzerland to ski, just hook Switzerland up to it and tow it to Calais.
     
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    May I cordially invite you to become an official member of the Motorhome Fun Nutters Section...

    ShiftZZ
     
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    Member ????

    President I think.
     
  12. Sundowners

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    Hi Colin and welcome:thumb:
    The aggressive appearance of your camper wil not be everyones cup of tea !!!!!!!!:Eeek:
    BUT there are quite a few of us that will REALLY love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:BigGrin:
    We have no plans to need that amount of off-road ability so it would be wasted on us:RollEyes:
    I know that 'PAT4NEIL' will watch it like a hawk---------they are not going down exactly the same route as you--------but are building a 4x4 truck 'World Cruiser'
    What are your future plans (travel-wise) for the truck------I see all attention is put on cold camping---------do you intend to search for the Sun ? ! ? !
    We are really hopeing you will attend one of our meets ? ?
    Nigel & Pamala
     
  13. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello and welcome to motorhome fun, that really is a serious looking piece of kit, look forward to hearing how you get on with it, the photo's are great, my hubby looking on with admiration.
     
  14. Zoltan Gaz66

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    Thanks for your welcoming comments. It always gets plenty of attention when I go anywhere in it, especially at the filling station where it likes to spend a lot of its time :RollEyes:


    I might do a tour of CC sites and see just how many I can get turned away from :)
    The beauty of it is its ability to take wild stealth camping to a new level

    I'm debating LPG at the moment. It is a very low compression motor so LPG won't be achieving anything close to the levels of 'price advantage' I see with my LPG Land Rover 110. It is an easy installation and far easier than fitting modern after market EFi on which is the alternative to get the petrol consumption down.
    With LPG I also lose one of the (2) 105 litre petrol tanks to replace it with perhaps a 120 litre gas tank. I can get maybe 90 litres of gas in at a fill up so it is quite a short range between fill ups. I like to take the Gaz off road quite a lot so I definitely can't afford to have two great big tanks dragging the ground and the heating is by a petrol Eberspacher 4 kw Hydronic so I need plenty of petrol on for a weeks stay in resort. The Eber drinks 0.6l at full chat per hour and 0.2l per hour on slow. Over a cold week I'll probably average 0.4 l per hour if I am very lucky so I will need at least 60-70 litres of petrol. I might be grossly over estimating the fuel required for the heating, maybe by day the consumption will be much lower. I have learnt to expect the worst and be delighted when it turns out better than that. I'd be very interested to learn from others their experiences of heating fuel consumption in ski resorts.

    I was doing some calculations this morning on the length of trip (1400 mile round trip) versus LPG and petrol fuel costs, balancing that against buying another one or possibly two LPG tanks
    Presently the Gaz does a scarily low 10 mpg :Eeek: The EFi will improve that to maybe 12-13 mpg but still not the quantum leap required to compete with an engine on LPG

    Why did I buy it?

    I wanted something different
     
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    Iceland is one place I really want to visit in a few years

    I normally head down to France in the summer so it will see some sun as well. I think if I can get the cold weather sorted the sun should take care of itself :BigGrin:
     
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    Variety is the spice of life and you have come to the right site to get real people and not the snobby caravan club type :BigGrin:

    We are skiing in the alps in February, and will know what to look out for to recognise you. Hope you invite us in for a coffee and a look around...

    Happy travels, just don't get shot at any of the borders. :Rofl1:
     
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    Will hopefully be brewing up in Alpe D'Huez over half term in February :thumb:
     
  18. Sundowners

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    We feel that the c&cc sites are less starchy !! especially the 5 van sites (CS sites) But it depends on the site warden----------------------you will look different --but not as though you will be a 'problem'
    Nigel
     
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  20. motor roamin

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    Hi and :welcomefunster: I can think of a couple on here who wouldn't want to park next to you on a cc site, so park it next to mine.

    You must come close to the least to the gallon on here. :Rofl1:

    Have a great new year I am sure you will with that toy.

    Rick.
     
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