Freightliner M2 Mega Cab based expedition camper $114K in Death Valley, California

Kevox

Member
2008/2022 4X4 Freightliner based expedition camper $129K $114K​





I just made a 2 year commitment to a job in Ketchikan, Alaska and can't take my expedition camper with me. The build is 98% completed at this time. The truck is currently located in Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California.


The truck:


Truck video PRIOR to build...


2008 Freightliner mega cab 4X4


It has a DPF but no DEF system


Allison 3500 Automatic Transmission


Interaxle lock, and diff lock on rear, not sure about front.
Factory 4x4
Air Brakes


Cruise control
Air Ride suspension and air ride Cab
240 inch wheel base


Governor Speed Hydra mechanical or PSG (2200-2500 RPM)
Horsepower 240 - 400 hp @ 2500 rpm 179 -298 kW
Torque 670 - 1,075 lb-ft
Like New - Heavy Duty Tires on Aluminum Alcoa 22.5 Wheels
Truck currently has 4 bucket seats plus the sleeper.


Meritor Front and rear Diff’s ( Link: https://www.meritor.com/products/axles/ )
- Meritor Transfer case
- Air Brakes
- Free Wheeling Hubs
- Super Single rear
- Shift on “Fly” under 10 mph-
- New Wiper blades
- Quad Bucket Seating
- LED Brake lights
- 46” inch Sleeper
- Air conditioning
- Kenwood Stereo
- Backup Camera
- Alarm
- Heated Mirrors
- Electric Locks
- Electric Windows
- New Carpet


-2 new truck batteries
- Sleeper
- Undercoating
- LED LIGHTS exterior
- Aluminum wheels polished
- Trailer Brake
- New Custom Exhaust
- 4x4
- Clear clean Title
- GVWR 33000 LBS or 14968 kg
• Front Axle GAWR 5443 kg or 12000 lbs
• Rear Axle GAWR 9525 kg or 21000 lbs
• Tires 11R22.5 (H)
• Rims 22.5#8.25
- Tires 90%


Commonly used 8.3L isc Cummins engine for easy parts/service.


Currently owned through a Montana LLC and registered as a commercial vehicle but I have started the paperwork to convert it to a motorhome registration.


The camper sleeps 4. It has an extra long queen sized bed in the rear. It has the sleeper cab for 1 adult and the dinette easily converts to another single bed for a child or small adult.


It has Arctic tern windows, door and cargo door.


It has 5 inches of insulation as the box is built from a Morgan Reefer box.


It has a heat pump to keeo it cool or warm as needed


2800 watts of solar ( 28 100 watt panels).


48V battery bank consisting of 32 lithium ferrous oxide batteries


Full size inverter fridge


Portable induction cooktop-2 burner


Led lights throughout the habitat


120V Electric water heater (6 gallon)


Outside receptacle


Outside light


Carefree of Colorado electric awning


new spare tire and rim. (have hanger but not yet mounte).


Shower enclosure


Natures Head toilet (fan not yet installed)


Cabinets made from the finest plywood in the world-Okume with poplar and pine frames.


120V outlets, 12V outlets, Usb outlets


The box is welded to 3 inch tubular steel which is welded to the frame-(no articulating subframe).


80 gallon diesel tank


Vinyl plank flooring over Okume plywood over original aluminum floor


The fit and finish of the cabinets is not professional quality but looks decent and is very strong...will outlast any motorhome factory cabinets.


Remaining tasks​


Install greywater tank under truck (on order)


Install storage boxes if wanted under truck


Install Military grade bracket for spare tire under truck


Shower is plumbed to below the habitat and would need to be connected to the greywater tank when installed.


Plumb sink drain to greywater tank


Install trim around door and bedroom area (back wall)

Add some cosmetic siding to the exterior back wall


Install trim around shower supply lines if desired


Install 12V line to fan for Natures head toilet.


Install latching hardware on cabinets (on order)


Paint trim and some shelving


Buy or make cushions for dinette area (have fabric and may make them prior to sale)


Buy mattress


Install box extension and finish temped in heat pump wiring connection



Other stuff I'm forgetting :)
 

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Kevox

Member
I bought it for 85K with the reefer box empty. I put a lot of time and money into the build. Current mileage is about 81,000.
 

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Overland By Kyle

New member
Clean ring, thanks for sharing it with us. How was your experience building out the reefer box? I’m looking at placing a reefer box on the back of an M 1089. Did you have to do any sub frame work for getting the box off road? I’m sure break over angle would be a concern with Off Roading, do you consider this an expedition rig or more of a getting out of the snow type of 4 x 4?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Kevox

Member
Thanks. The five inch thick walls were tricky to cut cleanly and straight. The box has a thermal barrier at every stud which is great. My last rig was a job which was much more capable off road but I expect this to be excellent in snow, packed sand etc. Great for the western US and Baja.
 

Kevox

Member
Thanks. The five inch thick walls were tricky to cut cleanly and straight. The box has a thermal barrier at every stud which is great. My last rig was a job which was much more capable off road but I expect this to be excellent in snow, packed sand etc. Great for the western US and Baja.
I started wit an RV which couldn't even handle washboard roads without damage to cabinets and a cracked window. Then I had a MOG which could go anywhere but wouldn't fit 3 adults and 2 dogs...This rig can handle very bad roads, BLM and forest service roads etc. I would drive it to 99% of the places I've visited in Baja. In the Mog, I would park on the beach. In the Freightliner I would evaluate it more closely first.
 

Kevox

Member
2008/2022 4X4 Freightliner based expedition camper $129K​





I just made a 2 year commitment to a job in Ketchikan, Alaska and can't take my expedition camper with me. The build is 95% completed at this time. The truck is currently located in Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California.


The truck:


Truck video PRIOR to build...


2008 Freightliner mega cab 4X4


It has a DPF but no DEF system


Allison 3500 Automatic Transmission


Interaxle lock, and diff lock on rear, not sure about front.
Factory 4x4
Air Brakes


Cruise control
Air Ride suspension and air ride Cab
240 inch wheel base


Governor Speed Hydra mechanical or PSG (2200-2500 RPM)
Horsepower 240 - 400 hp @ 2500 rpm 179 -298 kW
Torque 670 - 1,075 lb-ft
Like New - Heavy Duty Tires on Aluminum Alcoa 22.5 Wheels
Truck currently has 4 bucket seats plus the sleeper.


Meritor Front and rear Diff’s ( Link: https://www.meritor.com/products/axles/ )
- Meritor Transfer case
- Air Brakes
- Free Wheeling Hubs
- Super Single rear
- Shift on “Fly” under 10 mph-
- New Wiper blades
- Quad Bucket Seating
- LED Brake lights
- 46” inch Sleeper
- Air conditioning
- Kenwood Stereo
- Backup Camera
- Alarm
- Heated Mirrors
- Electric Locks
- Electric Windows
- New Carpet


-2 new truck batteries
- Sleeper
- Undercoating
- LED LIGHTS exterior
- Aluminum wheels polished
- Trailer Brake
- New Custom Exhaust
- 4x4
- Clear clean Title
- GVWR 33000 LBS or 14968 kg
• Front Axle GAWR 5443 kg or 12000 lbs
• Rear Axle GAWR 9525 kg or 21000 lbs
• Tires 11R22.5 (H)
• Rims 22.5#8.25
- Tires 90%


Commonly used 8.3L isc Cummins engine for easy parts/service.


Currently owned through a Montana LLC and registered as a commercial vehicle but I have started the paperwork to convert it to a motorhome registration.


The camper sleeps 4. It has an extra long queen sized bed in the rear. It has the sleeper cab for 1 adult and the dinette easily converts to another single bed for a child or small adult.


It has Arctic tern windows, door and cargo door.


It has 5 inches of insulation as the box is built from a Morgan Reefer box.


It has a heat pump to keeo it cool or warm as needed


2800 watts of solar ( 28 100 watt panels).


48V battery bank consisting of 32 lithium ferrous oxide batteries


Full size inverter fridge


Portable induction cooktop-2 burner


Led lights throughout the habitat


120V Electric water heater (6 gallon)


Outside receptacle


Outside light


Carefree of Colorado electric awning


new spare tire and rim. (have hanger but not yet mounte).


Shower enclosure


Natures Head toilet (fan not yet installed)


Cabinets made from the finest plywood in the world-Okume with poplar and pine frames.


120V outlets, 12V outlets, Usb outlets


The box is welded to 3 inch tubular steel which is welded to the frame-(no articulating subframe).


80 gallon diesel tank


Vinyl plank flooring over Okume plywood over original aluminum floor


The fit and finish of the cabinets is not professional quality but looks decent and is very strong...will outlast any motorhome factory cabinets.


Remaining tasks​


Install greywater tank under truck


Install storage boxes if wanted under truck


Install Military grade bracket for spare tire under truck


Shower is plumbed to below the habitat and would need to be connected to the greywater tank when installed.


Plumb sink drain to greywater tank


Install trim around door and bedroom area (back wall)

Add some cosmetic siding to the exterior back wall


Install trim around shower supply lines if desired


Install 12V line to fan for Natures head toilet.


Install latching hardware on cabinets


Paint trim and some shelving


Buy or make cushions for dinette area (have fabric and may make them prior to sale)


Buy mattress


Install box extension and finish temped in heat pump wiring connection


Other stuff I'm forgetting :)
Price drop by $10,000 to $119k plus interior video
 

rrexerr

New member
Still available? Do you need a Commercial Drivers License to operate this since GVWR is 33,333 lbs.?
 

RobbK

New member
2008/2022 4X4 Freightliner based expedition camper $129K​





I just made a 2 year commitment to a job in Ketchikan, Alaska and can't take my expedition camper with me. The build is 95% completed at this time. The truck is currently located in Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California.


The truck:


Truck video PRIOR to build...


2008 Freightliner mega cab 4X4


It has a DPF but no DEF system


Allison 3500 Automatic Transmission


Interaxle lock, and diff lock on rear, not sure about front.
Factory 4x4
Air Brakes


Cruise control
Air Ride suspension and air ride Cab
240 inch wheel base


Governor Speed Hydra mechanical or PSG (2200-2500 RPM)
Horsepower 240 - 400 hp @ 2500 rpm 179 -298 kW
Torque 670 - 1,075 lb-ft
Like New - Heavy Duty Tires on Aluminum Alcoa 22.5 Wheels
Truck currently has 4 bucket seats plus the sleeper.


Meritor Front and rear Diff’s ( Link: https://www.meritor.com/products/axles/ )
- Meritor Transfer case
- Air Brakes
- Free Wheeling Hubs
- Super Single rear
- Shift on “Fly” under 10 mph-
- New Wiper blades
- Quad Bucket Seating
- LED Brake lights
- 46” inch Sleeper
- Air conditioning
- Kenwood Stereo
- Backup Camera
- Alarm
- Heated Mirrors
- Electric Locks
- Electric Windows
- New Carpet


-2 new truck batteries
- Sleeper
- Undercoating
- LED LIGHTS exterior
- Aluminum wheels polished
- Trailer Brake
- New Custom Exhaust
- 4x4
- Clear clean Title
- GVWR 33000 LBS or 14968 kg
• Front Axle GAWR 5443 kg or 12000 lbs
• Rear Axle GAWR 9525 kg or 21000 lbs
• Tires 11R22.5 (H)
• Rims 22.5#8.25
- Tires 90%


Commonly used 8.3L isc Cummins engine for easy parts/service.


Currently owned through a Montana LLC and registered as a commercial vehicle but I have started the paperwork to convert it to a motorhome registration.


The camper sleeps 4. It has an extra long queen sized bed in the rear. It has the sleeper cab for 1 adult and the dinette easily converts to another single bed for a child or small adult.


It has Arctic tern windows, door and cargo door.


It has 5 inches of insulation as the box is built from a Morgan Reefer box.


It has a heat pump to keeo it cool or warm as needed


2800 watts of solar ( 28 100 watt panels).


48V battery bank consisting of 32 lithium ferrous oxide batteries


Full size inverter fridge


Portable induction cooktop-2 burner


Led lights throughout the habitat


120V Electric water heater (6 gallon)


Outside receptacle


Outside light


Carefree of Colorado electric awning


new spare tire and rim. (have hanger but not yet mounte).


Shower enclosure


Natures Head toilet (fan not yet installed)


Cabinets made from the finest plywood in the world-Okume with poplar and pine frames.


120V outlets, 12V outlets, Usb outlets


The box is welded to 3 inch tubular steel which is welded to the frame-(no articulating subframe).


80 gallon diesel tank


Vinyl plank flooring over Okume plywood over original aluminum floor


The fit and finish of the cabinets is not professional quality but looks decent and is very strong...will outlast any motorhome factory cabinets.


Remaining tasks​


Install greywater tank under truck


Install storage boxes if wanted under truck


Install Military grade bracket for spare tire under truck


Shower is plumbed to below the habitat and would need to be connected to the greywater tank when installed.


Plumb sink drain to greywater tank


Install trim around door and bedroom area (back wall)

Add some cosmetic siding to the exterior back wall


Install trim around shower supply lines if desired


Install 12V line to fan for Natures head toilet.


Install latching hardware on cabinets


Paint trim and some shelving


Buy or make cushions for dinette area (have fabric and may make them prior to sale)


Buy mattress


Install box extension and finish temped in heat pump wiring connection


Other stuff I'm forgetting :)
Do you have dimensions on the REFER portion as well as inside head height?

Also is there a site that has additional photos of the bed area, battery storage etc?

Thanks
 

Kevox

Member
Do you have dimensions on the REFER portion as well as inside head height?

Also is there a site that has additional photos of the bed area, battery storage etc?

Thanks
Finished floor to ceiling is 6 ft 6 inches.
Inside width is 7 ft 3 inches.
Inside length is 14 ft.
Bed platform is 5 ft x 7 ft 3 inches
 

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Kevox

Member
Finished floor to ceiling is 6 ft 6 inches.
Inside width is 7 ft 3 inches.
Inside length is 14 ft.
Bed platform is 5 ft x 7 ft 3 inches
Finished floor to ceiling is 6 ft 6 inches.
Inside width is 7 ft 3 inches.
Inside length is 14 ft.
Bed platform is 5 ft x 7 ft 3 inches
 

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