Answering 4×4 EXPEDITION VEHICLE questions!

Answering 4×4 EXPEDITION VEHICLE questions!


Good morning and welcome to the vlog! We are here on the Oceano Sand Dunes in Pismo Beach Central Coast of California.
We are gonna try to get back in the groove here of vlogging. We popped over
here to the coast to pick up some photos. I had the opportunity to do some
recording with my grandma last year. And… Ben is going to use that, along with the
pictures we picked up, to make a really special video for my grandmother’s
memorial service in the celebration of life! So…. While we were here, we spent the night on the dunes….. I don’t know what it is about the sand but man!… Some people say the grass grounds you, for me it’s the beach sand! So we’re feeling
rejuvenated and ahh… We also did a review of our Yokohama
tires. That video will be coming up next… Be sure to check it out because we went
and did the sand highway and played in the dunes…. We had fun before before…. We had fun!…. So ahh… While
we’re driving today, we’re going to answer the most commonly asked questions we get about our expedition vehicle!… So before we get started, I need to do a
plug for our new website…. hisandhershub.com . It’s going to
be a central location for everything in relation to our community and our
travels and…. We’re really excited! I’m just gonna say; The part I’m super
excited about it’s called: Outliers overlanding and we’re gonna be launching…
That’s gonna be my favourite channel! Like right now but…. We’re gonna be launching like our own version of like a His and Hers Netflix! It is gonna be an amazing player.
You know, good easy to browse… It’s not gonna be like just little embedded
videos… It’s gonna be so awesome guys! We’re almost finished and I know this
video is gonna have long legs. So by the time most of you see it, just go to: hisandhershub.com Any time you take your truck out to play
in the salt water you got to rinse it off if you want it to last! So we’re
gonna jump right in with question number one: And that is…. It is seriously the
number one question we get asked: How much did we pay for this thing.. Sometimes
it kind of feels a little awkward that people ask us that. But at the same time,
it’s such a unique vehicle that I think people really don’t always have any
concept of what a vehicle like this would potentially cost you. And they’re
genuine genuinely curious about it! We think we got a pretty great deal at
$88,000…. Okay! Before we hit the highway, we need to air
up these tires. And Medina’s tire shop here in Grover Beach is nice enough to
let us use a real air compressor!…This question gets asked a lot with people
just kind of aimlessly staring up at either the cab of the truck or the
camper or it in its entirety! But to start off with, I am going to talk about:
“The chassis” itself…. So our Expedition Vehicle has a 2007 Mitsubishi truck
FUSO FG 140 Factory four-wheel drive chassis. The truck is intended for industrial,
commercial uses like mines, construction sites…. It is a work truck! And that’s what
we needed. It was something that’s going to work as hard as us for the type of
traveling we have intended! So very basic systems: Manual locking
hubs, manual transmission… Not too many whistles and bells. But just great
systems that are going to just be durable and prove the test of time!…. Not to
sound like a commercial but a stop on the Central Coast is not complete
without picking up some strawberries!…. Now for the people who aimlessly stare at
the camper and wonder: “What what is that?” It’s a camper!!… It’s a Motorhome!…. So our
box is ahh… It’s a homemade build not by any manufacturer. The actual box itself
was designed by a company in Georgia.. Where the third owners…. The first owner
was a sailor and so you find a lot of…. Well first off it’s incredibly well
thought-out, organized, put together… The longer we live in it, the more we realize
how well he built it and how thoughtful he was in his process!
But it has a lot of nautical features to IT… Like the way that the things open up.
And the look to the interior is very much what you would see on a sailboat…
Also…. Clearly designed to have a very small electrical footprint. We have
12-volt fridge, 12-volt freezer, LED lights…. All of those sorts of things and….
It’s also single source fuel so…. We have a diesel heater, we have a diesel
stove… Diesel hot water… It’s all connected as well…. So we can heat our
water, heat our interior and heat our engine…. All at the same time! Highly
efficient! It is teeny tiny but uhhmm… We’re learning to really embrace that. And once
we figured out what we really didn’t need to have anymore….
I would say that we’re finding ourselves to be very comfortable in our little home!…
So once the ice has been broken, a lot of people will get a little more bold and
comfortable. As if asking the prices isn’t bold enough!! And they asked like… Can I
take a peek inside?… And you know what.. As long as we’re not in the middle of
something or it’s destroyed.. We’re usually generally pretty cordial when it
comes to that. Because we are fascinated by these machines as well. And ultimately
it’s just curiosity because it’s a really intriguing looking machine!…. The
next set of questions we get them in person. But we also get them often on our
videos from subscribers and people who come across our videos so… First
one I’m gonna tackle has to do with fuel… How much fuel do we hold and what kind
of fuel economy do we get?…So we hold..We have two 30 gallon tanks. We typically run
off of all of our, you know driving miles… Off of the one on the passenger side. And
then the one on the driver’s side is connected to all of our diesel
appliances, heaters things like that… And so it’s a backup for driving as well but
we try to leave it alone just for our appliances! As far as fuel economy goes…
Typically on the highway, we get 11 to 12 and that’s because we’re going higher
speeds. When we were down in Baja, we were averaging maybe like 45 miles per hour.
And we were getting upwards of 14 to 15 miles per gallon. So a lot of factors
playing into it. But I will say it is far more fuel efficient than our old class A Motorhome….
Since we’re talking about the fuel system it made me realize that: I didn’t
tell you anything about the engine!…So this is an actual Mitsubishi engine. Not
like a Fiat engine or Mercedes engine. It’s the 4m50. So it’s a four-cylinder, turbo diesel 4.9 litre. And it puts out a hundred and seventy-five
horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque.. There you go!… Alright next series of
questions… Number one: How does it ride? Number two: How does it drive and Number three: Do you drive it? Because you’re a girl..hahaha… I’m not bitter at all!,,Ahh… But first question: How does it ride? Honestly, way more comfortable than we
expected it to be! It does have an upgraded suspension, so it probably is a
little better ride than it would be from the factory… But ahhh..And the seats maybe could be a little bit more comfortable… But honestly, way more comfortable than
we expected it to be when we purchased it!…. Question number two: How does it drive?
It is easier to drive than our F-150 pickup… The turning radius on it makes it,
makes parking incredibly easy! It’s short. We’re only 21 feet long…. So no
problems in terms of backing up and things like that. It’s actually really
enjoyable to drive! Third question: Yes I do drive it all the
time! Not just in emergencies…. I drove our 32 ft. Class A with the 16
ft. trailer behind it as well… It is of our opinion that if you’re riding in
the car and you are of driving age, you should be able to drive the vehicle!…Ahhh… But
I like driving it! And I drive it all the time. And ahh…You’re a girl…I’m not bitter at all about the fact that everybody asks me that question….Alright! We’re hopping on to the 101 South to start our journey back to the… high deserts. The next question has to do
with our license plates! They tend to get people’s attention. And they ask: Are you
from Alaska?.. Yeah, yeah we are! About you know, 2007 is when we moved up there!… We are Alaska residents still! We maintain it as a home base. It’s beautiful!
It’s our home. We love traveling, this is also our home! So, that question also
leads into like… Did you drive straight here or where are you going?… Well,
technically we didn’t drive it straight… You know, we do a lots of zigs and zags…
But we have intentions of driving this vehicle around the world! So it was very
well thought out on our behalf of what we needed in terms of a vehicle that
didn’t have ultra-low sulphur diesel issues or DEF fluid…. Was serviceable
around the world because…. Mitsubishi truck is owned by Daimler. Which is
Mercedes, which is kind of like Ford is in America to the rest of the world!
Mercedes is everywhere and sourcing parts is difficult enough… You don’t need
to be making it more difficult than it already is going to be!…. While Ben fills
up with fuel, I thought I’d answer the next two questions: Where did we find it
and where did we buy it!… So… It took about 18 months from the time that we started
telling everybody we were gonna buy an Expedition Vehicle until we actually
made the purchase. Because we were very particular about finding just the right
chassis in particular! But we used expedition portal here in the United
States and over in Europe they use mobile,…mobile.demobile.de Those
were the two main websites that we were just scouring all the time looking for
the right truck! And ahhh…This one came up on expeditionportal.com….So where did we
buy it?… We picked it up in Montana. The second owner lives there and he is a
photographer. And had used it quite a bit in the local area to go out on
photography trips and camping trips. So it’s spent a lot of time in the winter,
which was really important to us! We wanted to know that it was a good for a
season rig!… So this question comes from our long-term viewers who know us from
32 Ft. Tiffin Allegro Motorhome that we had. And they ask: Do we like it better
than the Class A Motorhome?… You’ll probably get a different answer out of
each of us. But let’s see if I can wrap this up!… Yes we do! We like it a lot
better than the Class A Motorhome but… That does not mean that we don’t miss 32
ft. of space and all the ample storage! But this new camper is so liberating.And
the places that we can go and the things can we do, we can do, it’s just hands-down worth it! And we are much happier with this than the Class A Motorhome…. Last
question to tie up this video… Is it fun?…. And I think we’ve probably
already made that pretty clear! If you go back and look at all of the amazing
things we’ve got to do in this rig! And all of the things that we have planned!
And as long as we can adventure and have… And be active and be out camping and….And enjoying the rig as it was meant to be used, it is absolutely fun!….
Occasionally, the weather gets a hold of us or we argue over whether we should
keep that entire basket of dried fruit…. But when we’re out doing what we
intended to do in this vehicle, we have the most fantastic time and the greatest
adventures.So…. Thank you for joining us! Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit
more about our truck and our life in this truck! Be sure to hit that SUBSCRIBE
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