If you’ve read any of our earlier blog posts it’s probably become quite clear that we at Nitro Gear and Axle are serious gearheads. To say we’re obsessed with 4×4’s, sports cars, and even RV’s would not be an understatement. We simply love machines and we love modifying them even more. So no surprise when several years ago the idea of a go anywhere and tow whatever we want RV became a project here at Nitro. These are the complete specs along with photos of the build and current state of the project. Please let us know if you have questions.
Nitro Gear & Axle F450 RV
-Cummins 6.7L Twin Turbo conversion
Started out as a 2004 Xplorer Xcursion RV / Motorhome 6.0L powerstroke F450 4wd chassis, leaf front Dana 60, Dana S110 Rear axle.
- -Dual Commercial deep cycle batteries
- -2 solar panels
- -Norcold 12v fridge
- -20 Gallon LPG Propane tank
- -LPG Furnace, cooktop
- -LPG Onan 5k Generator
- -AC unit
- -Shower, toilet 2 sinks
- -Queen bed over cab, Queen bedroom in rear
- -Slide-out has dinette that can be converted to additional bed
- -Sleeps 6
- -100 Gallons fresh water, grey / black water tanks on board (size?)
- -LCD TV/DVD
- -Bluetooth Stereo
- –ARB Portable Twin Compressor
- -3x 20 gallon fuel tanks for a 600+ Mile range.
- -Best mpg over 500+ miles at 13.8 MPG, average 11-12, or 9-10 towing.
- -Loaded and wet 17k lbs
- ^ Photos Above: Chris Cordes of Overland Portal ^
Engine:-2007.5 Cummins 6.7L, Twin Turbo, conversion done by Diesel Conversion Specialists in Kalispell, MT. Headstuds, banks intercooler, SCT programming, Edge gauges, SCT & EFI Live programming, Oddessey batteries
Trans: ATS Stage 3 Transmission running a Billet convertor.
Suspension: 2005+ coil sprung F550 Frontend “fatboy” Dana Super 60 swapped in for better ride, wider track, tighter turning radius. Stock coils w/ 2″ spacer and airbags. 12k lb rear OE leaf packs with assist airbags custom solid 1″ block bolted into leaf pack. Radflo 2.5″ remote reservoir Shocks custom built and valved. Icon Armored truck spec panhard rod
Steering: 05+ F350 Steering box with F550 pitman arm, PSC 10″ Hydraulic assist Ram
Axles: Super Dana 60 front, Dana S110 rear. Nitro Gear 5.38 Ring & Pinions, Nitro Xtreme diff cover, Eaton E-locker front and Truetrac Rear, rear hubs swapped to 10 lug to match front. Warn manual locking front hubs.
Tires: Buckstop 20×11″ heavy duty single wheels with Goodyear G275 MSA 335/80r20 (41″) Miltary Tires. The Goodyear tires are a recent change from smaller Continental’s the rig ran for the past few years. So far the new tires have been a huge improvement in noise and road feel so we are very pleased with them.
Our plan is to start documenting the trips and places the RV takes us now that it’s finally at a level where the bugs are worked out, performance is spectacular on the road and the onboard electrical systems are fully operation.
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