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Old 01-19-2016, 08:26 PM   #1
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Isuzu NPR/Mitsubishi-Fuso box trucks

Do these trucks have any potential as camper tow vehicles? Most of them come with dual rear tires, a decent wheelbase, a relatively modern cab, hydraulic brakes, and a 200-210hp 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It seems like there's an abundance of trucks like this that come off lease or fleet duty, and they're way more affordable than a 3500/4500 dually pickup. Seems like you remove the box, add your 5th wheel hitch of choice and whatever kind of bed/deck you can think up, and hit the road. Thoughts?

Yes, I'm an "outside the box" thinker.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:39 PM   #2
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I used to drive a 34 ft Isuzu straight truck. I can tell you they have an excellent turning radius, quiet exhaust brake and great visibility. The downside is the cab-over design is not always the best for long range comfort as you feel the road bumps more.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:45 PM   #3
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Trust me the trucks coming off the road or from lease ... RUN ... RUN fast. Most are very abused, I've looked. I was thinking like you, but almost all these trucks were made for city driving and get very poor gas mileage over the road. Used all seam to have about a 500,000/10 year life ... many trucks I looked at must have had a PTO, lots and lots of hours on the engine ECM and low under 100,000 miles on the odometer.
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Definitely designed for city delivery use with lots of idle time. I am sure there are some low use exceptions out there but overall I think you would be happier comfort-wise with a small freightliner or IH. Probably some very good deals out there on those trucks used by former RVers. Another downside of the smaller cab-over is in the event of front collision you don't have much of a buffer.
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