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Chassis:
bullet2003 Ford Super Duty F550 4X4.
bulletInternational Power Stroke Intercooled 7.3 liter V8 Turbo Diesel Engine.
bulletXLT Package.
bullet189 Wheelbase.
bullet59-Gallon Fuel Capacity.
bullet6 Speed Manual Transmission.
bulletDual Alternators.
bulletEngine Block Heater.
bullet4 Wheel Antilock Brake System.

Coach:

bulletCustom Built 26 8 Xcursion Coach.
bulletKubota Diesel Generator (3.5KW).
bulletBriskair Heat Pump. 15,000 BTU Ceiling Ducted.
bullet3 Burner Propane Stove with Oven (Magic Chef).
bullet3 Fantastic Vent Fans with Rain and Temperature Sensors.
bulletDuopane Windows.
bulletBack-up Closed Circuit Camera.
bulletFlip-Down Ladder Steps. Stainless Steel with 2 assist handles on roof.
bullet13 Awning.
bullet2 Window Awnings.
bullet2-12v Outlets under the Dinette.
bullet3-Way Hot Water Heater, 110 Volt-LPG-Motoraide.
bulletLinoleum Floor.
bulletEmergency Engine Start wired to the Coach Batteries.
bullet3 Filter Water Purification System. Sediment-Charcoal-Ceramic.

After Market Additions:

bulletReunel Extreme Bumper.
bulletWarn 12,000 lbs Winch with 125 feet of 3/8" cable.
bullet2-PIAA 120-watt Ion Crystal Driving Lights.
bulletCustom 40 gallon grey water tank.
bullet2-K+C 75 watt Back-up Lights.
bullet48" Hi-Lift Jack.
bullet30ft Snatch strap.
bullet2-4ft Sand Ladders.
bullet2-6 volt golf cart batteries.
bullet2-75 watt solar panels.
bulletHeilotrope RV-30 Solar panel controller.
bulletHart Freedom 2,000 watt inverter/converter.
bulletHart remote inverter controller.
bulletReverse Osmosis System.
bulletAquajet ES 3.5 GPM Water Pump.
bulletCustom built rear springs by Superior Springs.
bullet90 PSI Crossfire dual valve system on rear dualies.
bulletQualcomm Tri-mode Sat phone.
bulletGarmin  MAP76S GPS.
bulletGoose-down and Novaform mattress topper.

Additions between April 1st and Sept., 9th 2003:

bulletRoof-Top GPS Antenna.
bulletCustom built Rear Bumper.
bullet"NextMillionMiles" sign on rear of rig.
bulletRacor re-usable oil filter for the 7.3 Power Stroke Engine with a dash mounted warning light for when the filter needs to be cleaned.
bulletK & N Air Filter.

Additions/Changes between March 31st and May 15th 2004:

bulletReplaced stock shocks with a set of Gabriels. Amazing difference to the ride.
bulletAdded an additional battery compartment on curbside.
bulletAdded 2-80 watt solar panels. Total solar is now 310 watts which gives us, in full noonday sun, a charging rate of 20.4 amps.
bulletAdded 2 more 6 volt batteries and replaced the original 2-6 volts so that all 4 batteries would be in sync. We now have a total of 430 amp hours.
bulletAdded an auxiliary 17 gal fresh water tank. Total fresh water is now 47 gallons.
bulletDash mount for the Garmin GPS.

 List of things that have worked and not worked for us:

(From the Adventure Notes page of December 28th 2003) The Xcursion... after over a year of driving, much of it on very rough roads, and 11 months of living full-time in her, she really surprises me with how well she has held up. I have not needed to tighten one screw. I can't say this about any of our previous rigs. A testimony to the quality work done at Xplorer Motor Homes. The Ford diesel chassis... except for the clutch problem in Cancun it has been trouble free. She has taken us along dirt tracks and over mountain passes that would scare the pants off anyone and diesel is sometimes half the price of unleaded gas. The water filters... especially the reverse osmosis. We have pumped water from a pond in Belize and used it for drinking water without thinking twice about it. It also has been great to have our drinking water taste the same no matter where we filled the tank. The Endless Breeze Fan from Fantastic Vent... this 12 volt, low draw box fan has been a Godsend when we have camped without hookups in the tropics. No carpets and dual pane louvered windows must be part of the list. And as Mike & Liz say "Don't leave home without your GPS". We struggled over getting the rear view camera, but Annie was right, it has been indispensable and well worth the additional expense. We originally had leveling jacks installed, but we removed the front levelers as they lowered our clearance too dramatically... the rear ones have been great to lift The Rig when we have had to remove stones between the dualies and when we needed the sand ladders to get us out of the mud. The 6 gallon plastic jerry can for filling the water tank when the faucet was beyond the reach of the 50 ft hose. The list must also include the extra counter space and cabinets that the additional length allowed us.

I wish I had installed a locking rear differential. We would not have got stuck in the mud in Cockscomb if I had had one. The rear dualies are a pain. Every time we came off dirt roads, and sometimes while we are on them, I have to get out and check that we haven't picked up rocks between the tires. If you do pick up rocks and don't notice them they will eventually wear through the sidewall of one of the tires not only giving you a flat but also making that tire completely un-repairable. The wish list would also include a built-in high capacity air compressor to air up the tires after airing down to handle off road conditions. I don't mind the length or width, but I truly wish we weren't as tall.

Crew at Reunel Bumper hard at work.

 

View of Driver's side of the rig being built at the Xplorer Factory

 

Curbside view with the shell in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Auxiliary Water Tank with all it's parts.

Chris at D & R installing the new Auxiliary Water Tank. Tight Fit!

 

 

 

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