The Turtle V – Update # 9 – Vehicle Specs – 2019

July 19, 2019

Base Vehicle: 1999 Ford F-550 4×4 Super Duty, 165” WB Chassis Cab

Design and Assembly: The Turtle Expedition, Unltd.

Year Built: 2000, modified and updated continuously (as needed)

Heading for the Guadalupe hot springs we followed off-road pre-run tracks.

Heading for the Guadalupe hot springs we followed off-road pre-run tracks.

Engine: International 7.3 L Power Stroke Diesel V8 equipped with intercooled ATS Aurora 3000 Turbo, DieselSite Adrenaline high pressure oil pump, DieselSite coolant filtration system, K&N high-flow air filter, AMSOIL dual remote bypass oil filtration system, Airtex fuel pump, Racor auxiliary fuel filter/water separator/fuel heater with clear bowl, Magnaflow Performance 4” exhaust system

Torque: 550 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

Horsepower: 305 HP @ 3,200 RPM

Transmission: ZF 6-Speed with South Bend Clutch

Transfer Case: New Process Gear 271 F

Front Differential: Dana 60 with ARB Locker and DynaLoc manual hubs

Rear Differential: Dana S-135 with Eaton Truetrac limited slip

Front Suspension: Dual Rancho RS9000 XL 9-position adjustable shocks, Deaver Spring pack, Hellwig HD sway bar

Rear Suspension: Rancho RS9000 XL 9-position adjustable shocks, Deaver Spring pack, Hellwig HD sway bar & Hellwig load leveling air suspension

Front Bumper: Custom by Buckstop with locking storage compartments, Warn winch, special mounts for Total Vision front camera and GoPro, Hella auxiliary driving lights

Winch: Warn 16.5ti with Viking synthetic Dyneema® HMPE Line

Rear Bumper: Custom by Unique Metal Products with storage for Hi-Lift Jack bar

Tires: Michelin 335/80R20 XZL MPT mounted on custom steel Rickson wheels

Electrical: Two Group 34 Odyssey Extreme batteries

Alternators: Ambulance package. Dual high-output alternators for starting and camper batteries

Air Supply: Dual Extreme Outback ExtremeAir Magnum 12 Volt compressors with 5-gallon AccuAir reserve tank

Fuel System: Dual Transfer Flow tanks with manual switch

Fuel Capacity: 94 gallons total: 46-gal custom Transfer Flow main tank and 38-gal auxiliary Transfer Flow tank plus two 20 L (5-gal) jerry cans on the rear

GVWR: 17,500 lbs. (factory rating)

GVW fully loaded: 15,000 lbs.

Sections of the Devil's Highway along the Arizona/Mexican border were fast and dusty.

Sections of the Devil’s Highway along the Arizona/Mexican border were fast and dusty.

4 Responses to “The Turtle V – Update # 9 – Vehicle Specs – 2019”

  1. Gary,

    If you get a newer vehicle will getting DEF be a problem in third world countries?

  2. Hello, I was trying to find what are your overall dimensions? Length, width & height of the entire vehicle when fully loaded? Tip to tip. And also, just of the living quarters.

  3. Gary this is the coolest ever – camper. You guys have developed an unbelievable life style. Keep on camping. Have a wonderful and safe trip to S. America. When do you plan on leaving? Thanks Roger

  4. Yes, getting DEF is a major problem in third world countries.

    Height 10.7 ft
    Width 7.6 ft
    Length 23.9 ft
    Weight Fully Loaded 15,400 lbs

    Leaving soon!

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