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Old 12-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #1
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Mack R 688 FC

I stumbled across this 25 year old beauty the other day and thought "That would make a perfect motorhome." Well, I bought it! I cannot find anybody else doing something similar with a fire rescue truck but think it would make a good roughty-toughty overlander. Only 22,000 miles on the clock after 15 years in upstate New York and 10 years in rural Missouri. It comes with a winch, a generator and automatic snow-chains. The box is 20 foot long and really sturdy; it has a chequer-plate roof. Here are a few pics.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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That ought to be a fun conversion. Maybe not a lot of space in the interior, but get creative and have fun with it!
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You are right, Alan, about the interior. I'll have to get creative with the angle grinder. For the back: i thought about having a 8x8 deck hinged at the bottom that I could pull up like a draw-bridge. That would give some more living area but the whole thing is going to be just for the two of us.
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Looks great. Love that siren on the bumper too. Keep that!
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That siren has got to go! The button for it is right where the clutch pedal should be. Scares the hell out me if I hit it by mistake.
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What a great find, have fun building it. Keep the siren, move the switch.
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Bringing the truck home didn't go quite to plan. The tread came off the right steer tyre on the interstate during a snowstorm. Finished up getting towed and buying two new tyres. I did try and find a date-stamp on the tyres before I set out but maybe they were from before they started dating them. Otherwise the truck did the 900 miles without a hitch.
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That is very cool. Looks like the foundation for a true extreme RV! Does it drive with the front axle too, or just the rear?

Sorry to see the siren go already.
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The siren and the light-bars got left behind but they did result in a 20% reduction in the price for the whole vehicle. Anyway, I've still got the alternate flashing head-lights and can sneak up behind drivers talking on their cellphones and make them hang-up pretty darn quick.

It is just rear-wheel drive, sadly.
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Are you thinking expedition vehicle, or a more motorhome type conversion. Now I'm geeking out over that bumper/winch, what the heck is that thing rated for?! Is it PTO driven or hydraulic?
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The winch is electric and only rated at 4000 lbs. So it is more for helping others who are in trouble than for getting yourself out of trouble. I've got three years before I retire and the truck becomes a live-aboard. There is a lot to do if all my ideas get done but at the moment I'm concentrating on doing the things that are needed to get it registered as a motorhome. Bed, toilet, shower, sink, fridge, hob, microwave and most important, direct access from the drivers seat to the living quarters.
I'd like to take it to Australia to have a look round there, then maybe, depending on the political climate, go up through Asia and across to Europe. I've never been to South America; so that's another one I'd like to do. This year I'll be happy with a weekend at the lake.
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Copy that on the winch. That big bumper is a bit misleading.

Those are some marvelous travel plans. I hope it comes together for you. What a great rig to enable you to be prepared for everything.
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Working on the inside. Making room. This thing is certainly well made with double skinned steel everywhere.
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