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Daily vs Sprinter

Cedar, thanks for the offer to come and see your vehicle. If I go down to Cornwall later in the Summer I may give you a call when passing.

Questions ??
.Any idea how much weight is in that box (motorcycle is 110Kg) and does it effect handling ?
.What type of Injection does the Daily use ?
.Are parts still available, I recently read of one guy who was having problems sourcing a Steering Rack ?
.Can you retrofit AirCon ?
.How Many Diff Locks ?
.One option I am considering is a 4x4 Sprinter. I use a 2wd for work and it has no problems with Rough Tracks, Gradients, Green Lanes and Fords. What I dislike about it is when the going gets rough it really Sways (also an issue on road). Does the Daily behave like this ?
.Any Engine Management on the Daily ? I have found Full Diagnostic Software for the Sprinter but nothing for a Daily.

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The box weighs about 150kg with all my tools and spare wheels, this doesn't affect handling as the back axle is rated 2.5 tonnes. It has Bosch mechanical injection. Most parts are available as they are standard Daily bits. I don't like air con, but 'spose it's possible. Diff locks front and back with selectable 4x4. The 4x4 sprinters I have seen don't have much ground clearance as I think they are monocoque, but fine for what you want.
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Bike size

I used to have my old 100 commuter, a mountain bike and a single sleeping platform inside my Land Rover 109 so you could certainly do the same with a newer 110. I didn't even bother with a ramp, it just popped in.
The main bit for that was the headroom, I always thought the landcruisers with raised roofs that one sees the military using in Southern Africa would make great trip vehicles and a bike would fit inside great. More secure as well.
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long-trip truck with bike capacity

Depends on budget - Unimog? Huge storage space and wonderful, but certain areas wont let you in (eg Ngorongoro), saying you are a "truck" or will charge you a fortune in baksheesh (eg Egypt) assuming you are rich.

What about an ex-military Defender 130 with the V8 and an LPG kit - run on gas where its available, run on petrol when its not. Foleys have some nice low-mileage box-body ones in. There's a campervan company that does hydraulic rear-lift racks for bikes - Ill look for the link....

Third axle 6x6 usually ends up adding too much weight/cost when balanced against any extra gains in flotation or traction.....
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I took a motorbike on the back of a van through Iran I told the RAC it was not road registered and they put it on the carnet of the van just with its frame number. at the border they wanted to see the bike carnet but I explained and showed them where it said kawasaki frame number etc and they were fine. this was in 1993 so maybe things have changed. dont forget to remove the number plate before the border

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Have you considered purchasing a vehicle in the US for your trip? Personally I would think the Land Rovers a bit temperamental and the Unimogs, Gaz's and Iveco's a bit big for one person. You could consider a US-built pickup truck like here:

Turtle Expedition

I have a 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 4x4 with the Cummins diesel engine (common rail) which I use as a tow vehicle. It has 325hp and nearly 600 lb/ft of torque. I've towed over 13,000 lbs and a friend of mine has a neat motorcycle hitch rack that he uses to carry his DRZ400 around with.

The Dana axles are near bulletproof and trucks of this type are the workhorses here, and could be built into whatever you wanted quite easily as there is a vast aftermarket for them. Something to consider anyway.

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this is fab, a little slow and thirsty tho? if you read the diaries there are lots more pics. they seem to mostly use a bike to check out roads and access before committing such a big truck to a road it won't actually fit down.
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