Buying a Vehicle for Overlanding

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MidOH

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Just bring a case of Techron, and a spare fuel filter to Mexico, for gas engines.

Likely didn't burn because it was mostly water.
 

Alanymarce

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The only country in which we’ve found petrol markedly different (poor quality) is Venezuela. With modern “smart” engines the engines adjust for fuel quality (and altitude etc.) so variable quality is not noticeable.
 

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Just bring a case of Techron, and a spare fuel filter to Mexico, for gas engines.

Likely didn't burn because it was mostly water.
The days of crappy gas in Mexico are gone. Gas is sold by Chevron, BP, VP Racing Fule and plenty of other. Because of fewer additives my truck gets better mileage than in CA.

I drive a 2500 long bed 4X4 with lockers, gas powered. It gets me most everywhere I want to go. I am going to drive the Pan American taking 6 or 7 years. The two extra feet of living space out weights all other considerations. it goes to Mexico almost every month. It is currently set up to carry my toys, when I go to a pop top, I’ll be trading off mobility for comfort and softer living. Everything is a trade off.

If you are thinking of living on the road you might look up work campers. There is plenty of temp work and free living out there.
 

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I mean at the right price and with the ability/desire to put in work, almost anything can be worth it. I wouldn't say that's high mileage for a Mog but any of them are going to require some work.
 

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It all depends. They're not common nor new so there's no telling what you're getting. IMO if you don't have fairly deep pockets for shop work or the skill to work on one, I'd steer clear.
 

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That’s what I thought. Thanks!

Now, would you guys mind SHOWING me a photo or a link of a truck you think will work for me please. I want to keep my options somewhat broad. I’m willing to explore others besides the F250/350.

Also, I’ll need some links to sales pages for me to browse for the truck.Im not familiar with them. I don’t know where to look. Thanks!
 

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I would be looking at any 3/4 or 1 ton truck 4x4 with lockers. You figure the bed and cab size. From 2010 or later. I do know of a car guy. PM me if you want more info. Look at full size truck thread for builds.
 

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100,000 miles on a city truck that never sees the highway, is a ton of use. I'll never buy another used DOT truck ever again.

I've never seen a Mog on the highway anywhere. Farm and ranch trucks. Saw one used as a bus in the islands. I'd rather have a low mileage Lmtv.
 

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100,000 miles on a city truck that never sees the highway, is a ton of use. I'll never buy another used DOT truck ever again.

I've never seen a Mog on the highway anywhere. Farm and ranch trucks. Saw one used as a bus in the islands. I'd rather have a low mileage Lmtv.
I’ve seen half a dozen Unimogs in various bits of the world, over the last couple of decades. A neighbour had one at one point - highly capable but tall, slow, and hardly the best for the highway in terms of comfort. No idea what one should cost, primarily since we’d go for an Iveco if we were going for a vehicle in that general category.
 

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I’ve seen half a dozen Unimogs in various bits of the world, over the last couple of decades. A neighbour had one at one point - highly capable but tall, slow, and hardly the best for the highway in terms of comfort. No idea what one should cost, primarily since we’d go for an Iveco if we were going for a vehicle in that general category.
I don’t know anything about Iveco. I’d like more information on it please. Maybe a link?
 

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Check out Acela

Total composites

Grigsby, is a bit less expensive than Acela:
 

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Maybe I'm missing something here but unless OP has the carpentry and fiberglass skills to convert one into a camper, these Unimog/Iveco/Acela suggestions aren't going to go very far on $40k. OP is solidly in the full size truck market and might be able to stretch it into a medium truck (F-450 or something) if space isn't too tight to get the truck where they want to.
 

Alanymarce

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Maybe I'm missing something here but unless OP has the carpentry and fiberglass skills to convert one into a camper, these Unimog/Iveco/Acela suggestions aren't going to go very far on $40k. OP is solidly in the full size truck market and might be able to stretch it into a medium truck (F-450 or something) if space isn't too tight to get the truck where they want to.
Isn’t terminology fascinating? To me a full size truck (pickup) is a Hilux, an F150 is huge, and an F450 is gigantic. It’s all relative : )