Isuzu NPR RV

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chilehead, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just an off-the-cuff question, guys. I had thought about getting an RV down the line, but don't want to pay 6 figures when the day comes. I had thought about getting a long wheelbase Isuzu NPR and framing my own "RV body" myself. The other option I thought about was mounting a recreational trailer to the chassis cab. Is this viable?
     
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would look at some other options with ford and chevy chassis, NPRs are great in town but have no top end on the highway when loaded. They also are not that comfortable to drive many hours on end.
     
  3. MarcSmith

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  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have to agree a Isuzu cab over wouldn't be a good choice they are for intercity driving not cross country tours.

    The best chassis would be a Freightliner M2 Low pro it will be good on fuel and the best part can be repaired in most parts of North America.
     
  5. MarcSmith

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    at least in ausi land the NPR style cab over has a following for RV use... all it would take would be some better gearing to give it longer legs with better fuel economy. besides 65 is plenty fast for an rv...

    if I was going to go the small rv route Id be looking at the sprinter chassis...just right for 2 person rv/camping not for the live-aboard type. but for weekend and w eek long jaunts it would be nice
     
  6. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for all the great replies. I really appreciate all the input (keep it coming). I guess the type of trip I would be taking would be those of a month or less like family vacations in the winter.
     
  7. MarcSmith

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    if you got an NPR with a crew cab for pulling a 5th wheel, with removable stake body it could double as a work truck, the sprinter I feel would not be good for a family as it is really a super glorified conversion van. no way to "get away" from people. My folkd are on the road about 4-6 months out of the year. and they stepped up and are more than happy spending my inheritance..:) on a 40' tiffin with more square footage than my first apartment...
     
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Doing your own RV would have to be a labor of love. A homemade RV will never be worth what it will cost you to build it. You can buy a really nice used newer motorhome for about half of what they cost new. If you really have the itch to do your own I'd suggest converting a bus.
     
  9. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just get you a nice fifth wheel and that's all you need.
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  10. Gravel Rat

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    You also have to keep in mind anything you build has to meet what ever gov't regulations. For us in Canada it has to meet transport canada regulations.
     

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