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Old 05-04-2016, 12:22 AM   #1
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Not an SMB, but this guy has the spirit

I was perusing 500px.com (a photo site) tonight and came across this beast and thought it was interesting. 500px won't allow easy linking to photos, so you have to go to the page:

Stefan Forster on 500px.com

Basically, it's a Toyota HiLux (Tacoma) with a custom camper in place of the bed. He says about it:

Being a photographer means being on the road the biggest part of the life. After years of saving money I designed a rolling home for a photographer which brings me to places where common campers can't. Say hello to my new rolling basecamp - the Hilux Expedition. This summer I'll bring him to Iceland for 2 month and in 2017 to Australia and Tasmania for 6 month.
225 Hp
3.0l Diesel
240l Diesel tank
45cm ground clearance
3 locking differentials
Kitchen
Shower with hot water
Diesel Glycol heating
Toilet
1.55x2.00m bed
4000W 230V on board power
1.5qm solarpanel
1.6m fording
39'000 lumes light power in the front

He then posts a link to his site for more info, but it's all in German. Anybody around here know German better than Google Translate does?

Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 | stefanforster.com Plenty of pictures, though.

My "holy crap" thoughts:
- Using my flawed head math, his 240 liter diesel tank holds about 54 gallons or so.
- 225hp out of a 3.0 diesel. My 6.0 is rated at 235hp. Can I do an engine swap and quit worrying about oil cooler issues?
- 3 locking diffs? I don't even have ONE!
...I could go on...
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Interesting vehicle for sure-----one of us should contact Stefan directly to see if an English version exists? I'm pretty certain he'd be flattered we're curious about his creation.
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Todd, thx for the link/article share.
Also enjoyed taking a look at your images at site.

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Todd, thx for the link/article share.
Also enjoyed taking a look at your images at site.

: ) Thom
Thanks, Thom!

EDIT: Okay, I just wrote a note to Stefan in both English and Google Translate German. I asked if there was an English version of his site, if the camper was a one-off or mass-produced, and if he had any pictures of the interior.

I got an automated reply seconds later saying "Your mail will be answered as fast as possible." He apparently lives or works in a town called Wil, Switzerland, which is east of Zurich, near the German border.

We'll see what happens....
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Looks like it has 225 PS, which is a German version of HP (PS stands for Pferdestärke, or literally "Horse Strength"). PS does not directly correlate to HP, although it's close. An online conversion puts it around 222 HP.
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There was a thread in "buschtaxi forum about a possible South-America trip of Stefan with his Hilux. Due to the Euro5 engine he finally decided to go to Australia. A nice car, but maybe not the right one for an overland trip in regions without a dealer network/ scan tools. (His Hilux may also look to expensive/ new )
The cabin was designed and built by an Austrian company: geocar - die Pickup Wohnkabine für alle Pickup Fahrzeuge

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Old 05-07-2016, 12:10 AM   #7
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Just got a response from Stefan. By the way, his photos are out-of-this-world fantastic.

Dear Todd

Thank you very much for your interest of my Hilux ;-) You can’t buy it like this - it’s a special production from 3 different countries. Cost: 188’000 USD like on the photo. I’ll translate the site in englisch within the next weeks, so you guys can read it ;-)

Here I’ve some videos in action:

Best Regards from Switzerland

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Well that make a full-kit SMB look like a bargain then, doesn't it?
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I went to the Swiss Toyota site (de.toyota.ch) and configured a Hilux similar to what he has going by the pictures of his and what he said about it.

Just the truck alone comes to Fr. 45'520.00, which converts to USD $46805. So $142,000 for the camper plus the wheels, tires, winches, skids, and all the other added 4x4 bits.

I'd like to see the inside of the camper.
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Stefan sent me some pictures of the inside of his Hilux Expedition camper. He didn't provide any explanation of them.

(While trying to sort the pictures into a separate album on this site, I managed to delete all my pictures. It was a user error problem, but the picture functionality of this site leaves a lot to be desired. And linking just these 8 pictures to a post is an unbelievably tedious process. )















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