What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

My wife’s cousin is staying with us this weekend. She loves to travel and her lastest idea is to buy some sort of camping vehicle (converted van, truck/suv+camper, etc.) and take 3 months off next summer and tour North America. She knows I’m a car guy so we talked about possible vehicles.

Later the 3 of us were walking Ozz-man and we went to the super mansion neighborhood behind mine and I was like “Oh snap, I’ll show you the camping rig you need!” And directed the walk by a house that has this in the backyard:

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Its a Family Medium Tactical Vehicle M-1078. Basically its a modern deuce and a half. I told her they make an M-1079 which is the same truck but with an enclosed, air conditioned radio cab on the back and you get them used surplus starting around $5k. I thought she was going to tell me I was a moron for even suggesting such a thing but I was shocked at how damn excited she was about this awesome, terrible idea.

We had a more realistic discussion about ownership and what it takes to make one right and drive and maintain it. Shes still not completely deterred. But Im looking for some other, perhaps more practical suggestions for a camping rig.

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