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This 8×8 HEMTT Expedition Vehicle can show you the world

Greg Kachadurian August 30, 2016 All Things Hoon 15 Comments

If you’ve ever considered selling everything and living on (or off) the road and maybe invade a small country along the way, doing it in something like this behemoth is perhaps the best way to go. Today’s Craigslist special is a retired Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) converted into the ultimate expedition vehicle.

That’s right, a heavy truck designed for US military service in a variety of roles, including tanker duties (like this one was) and sometimes , has been turned into an expedition vehicle, is road-legal with RV registration, and is for sale on your friendly neighborhood Craigslist at a reduced price. What a time to be alive. Here’s the full ad:

Price reduced for Summer sale- only $99k, Fully road legal with rv registration. Navy seal f470 zodiac included! Ultimate expedition vehicle-1983 Oshkosh M978 HEMTT converted with 2009 Roadmaster Toyhauler
29,100 miles
8v92ta super charged turbo 2 stroke Detroit diesel
Allison automatic
Back 4 wheels for highway use with air toggle for 8×8 and air toggle for lockers on all 4 axles
78k lbs gvwr – as it sits loaded is about 50k lbs-
Mostly air and mechanical systems
24 v reduced to 12 volt for camper
2 piece HEMTT combat wheels with 70 percent tread on 16 r20 michellin xzl with extra wheel/ tire spare as well as extra tire to put on any rim
10 extra original split rims with mounted Michelin xl tires
900 lb spitzlift crane- brand new
double aluminum racks bolted through with rubber flex mounts
fuel preheater/water separator
block heater
brand new extra battery to replace either of the 2 12v wired to 24v
new alternator
new front left seals/ bearing
20,000 lb winch off of pto

Top speed 65 mph at 2200 rpm
450 hp
fords 4 feet of water
can traverse a 5 foot trench
4mpg on paved roads with 3mpg offroad terrain
150 gallon diesel tank

Queen bed suspended over front of garage
slide out with full size pullout
full kitchen- microwave, 3 burner propane stove, large fridge/freezer 110 or gas, lots of storage
dry bath with seperate shower
propane furnace 110 heater
flat screen tv with antenna booster, 6 speaker stereo with cd
gear garage- tie downs etc – have had long track sled, 2 dirt bikes and 2 mountain bikes loaded at same time
back 7 ft door/ramp with 7 foot extention ramp to make a 14 foot ramp to lower gear from the 6 ft vertical floor level
2 cylinder generac generator w/computer and separate battery
100 watt solar with controller
2 new deepcycle interstates charged by truck alternator(24 to 12 volt reduction) as well as solar, or generator
both 110 and 12 v heater pads on 40 gal water tank as well as 20 gal grey and black tanks, fully insulated holding tank compartment

22 gal gasoline fuel station for toys

Thousands or dollars in spare wheels, tires, full new replacement, belts, hoses, gauges relays, seals, battery etc

Excellent condition- only $99,000!!

[Source: | Finder’s credit – ]

  • Not sure I can conjure up much enthusiasm for this. Have you ever ridden in a HEMTT? It’s not an activity I would pay the purchase price, the fuel bill, and the maintenance costs to endure enjoy.

    • roguetoaster

      I’d imagine it’s something like riding the Baja 1000 on something with the wheelbase of an SRX600 without realizing you’re not supposed to sit on the saddle.

    • On the other hand, if this was an LVS, or any articulated vehicle with hydraulic yaw steering, do whatever you can to get behind the wheel.

    • Alff

      Despite how cool it appears, the situations for which this is an excellent solution are limited.

    • Greg Kachadurian

      I’ve not but I think I still want to. A friend drives some kind of heavy equipment in the army and said these were excellent off-road but said nothing about what it’s like on pavement. He also said 2 mpg with a load like that, tops…

      • Dean Bigglesworth

        That’s similar to what my local Volunteer Fire Departments mid sixties Fargo did, that one got about 1km / litre when in a hurry.. It was replaced by a Unimog in 1991.
        And I’d imagine a Unimog or MAN TGA or similar would be a better expedition vehicle than this thing.

  • smalleyxb122

    It’s pretty bad ass. It combines a post-apocalyptic exterior aesthetic with a beautifully appointed interior. The $100k price is out of my reach, and it wouldn’t be my choice if I had the $100k to spend, but it doesn’t seem like an outrageous price for what I’m seeing here.

  • crank_case

    This is similar to my dream camper project, though in my head, I’d start with a Tatra 813 8 wheeler

    • Sjalabais

      Did you just create a situation where we all look at the Tatra 813 8 wheeler and consider it a more reasonable choice for this purpose?

      • crank_case

        I dunno dude, I just watched way too much truck trials on Eurosport back in the day. It’s like the slowest mosty hypnotic motorsport ever.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    I think this is the reasonable solution or substitute a Deuce & a half for the US.

    • outback_ute

      From memory that tops out at 40-45 mph though. It is based on a 1960s International Acco military truck. Just stay away from highways I suppose, not hard to do in the middle of nowhere.

      The HEMTT would be far too big to take to a lot of places, which is why the wotthehellizat (above) was actually shortened and the top lowered from its initial incarnation.

  • I’m sure I’d rather have this.

    Just that bit more civilised.

    • crank_case

      Good choice

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    So it’s the Aladdin of Expedition Vehicles..?