Murvi AWD Transit MH

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  1. John Laidler

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    4WD motorhomes are not common and in the PVC class the Merc Sprinter has been more or less the only base vehicle available but the new Ford Transit has a 4WD version and Murvi have used one to make an AWD drive version of their smallest MH, the Pimento. The Fiat version of this vehicle is 5.5m long so I guess this one will be about the same. No idea on price but the AWD Transit is around £30k to which of course the conversion has to be added so my guess would be probably £50K+. The vehicle normally drives through the rear wheels only but a traction control system applies torque to the front wheels when required.

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    hi in fact 4x4 m,homes are quite common in europe fiats etc have a conversion dangles or something like it . its amazing how many are out there.
    also alot of jap 4x4 m,homes been creeping in over the last 5-6 years . but that murvi looks good . i can see dbk going off roading for sure soon . i,m sure you will get a good trade in on yours .
    go on you know you want to. ha ha .
     
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    In 30 odd years in business I've had probably over 200 Transit vans on a revolving basis. None have been so bloody ugly as the new shape transit van. Who on earth designed that front grill !
     
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    It's really odd isn't it, personal tastes. I have one and think it's a really handsome beast!
     
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    Had 4x4 demountable campers for years, real handy up in Sweden! So where you heading... Sahara...Gobi:)
     
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    The Yanks, so they can get an inline V6 petrol shoehorned in.
     
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    Considering what we do, and where we've been, we always thought of 4x4 or AWD.

    But, in reality, its not needed. We've been up mountains in snow and ice, through the desert with FWD. Getting the right tyres is more important IMO.

    If you read many overlander stories, most will admit the 4x4 isn't essential - and if you look at some exploits in overland campers, some say they went with XXX or YYY with FWD and they made it too! In these cases, ground clearance and approach/descent angles are more critical.

    So now, apart from the toy factor, I'd save my money
     
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    Ford missed the boat with this not only is the large version pig ugly but inside it's still only 5 ft 9 ins wide although it is 2 ins wider at the top than the old version --quite like the low and medium roof versions
    terry
     
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    i take mine into all sorts of silly places . but have thought about the fuso 4x4 truck as the tow unit .
    but then i would be more likely to go dafter places and seriously damage the trailer.
    mind we can consider all these things .
    i did have a syncro vw for awhile it would go almost anywhere . but even they have faults in the design . is there really the ultimate vehicle?
     
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    Agred with the width issue. Don't find it that ugly for a van. Hated the x250 looks but ended up with one anyway, you get used to whatever:)
     
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    I agree with the points about the need for 4x4 in a traditional MH. Might be useful in a wet field but serious off roading needs ground clearance and though the Ford has some sort of traction control I doubt it is a substitute for a full set of diff locks and can it be fitted with proper off road tyres? However, I don't think it is aimed at those driving overland to difficult to spell places.

    But I can see there will be a demand for it and the next time we find the wheels spinning we might wish for one!
     
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    La Strada also have a 4WD Sprinter based PVC in their range...at a premium cost.

    I'm unsure who it is aimed at...

    If you really need a 4WD camper probably best to get a Toyota Land Cruiser [or similar] and put a roof tent on top to sleep in...then you can genuinely go off road and explore the less beaten track.
     
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    Fiat traction control + pteety good..not been stuck yet
     
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    iveco daily does 4x4 . there are loads of m,homes based on them .
    but 4x4 makes it easy.
    having used roof tents they do make some parking places a bit obvious .
    its amazing where you can get with out 4x4.
     
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    In portugal years ago a couple were bonking in a roof tent..everyone gathered outside to watch the car rocking.......Hilarious
     
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    heres mine on my old vw.
    we didnt bonk . my son was in the teardrop caravan behind . mind he nearly made us sea sick when he had a moroccan girlfriend in the teardrop. had to unhitch it at night . ha ha .
    later had the tent on a mazda bongo but luckily my new partners kids just slept .
    the bongo was 4x4 it was a great small adventure vehicle .
     

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    A Mazda Bonko then!
     
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    Last week buried a front wheel up to the axle in sand, put it in reverse and just drove out.:)
     
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    Styling pinched from VW crafter a bit? One I always think is ugly.
     
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    We could not agree more. We drove our Type 2 VW across the Sahara Desert from Morocco to Niger and on to Nairobi. Understanding the terrain and forward planning are much more important than 4x4. If you do it all wrong then all a 4x4 does for you is it get you stuck quicker on all 4 wheels instead of just 2. The MOST important thing is to listen to the locals and do what they do.

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