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    Default Initial shake down trip of a new-to-me XM818

    I got the truck at auction as a dead truck quite some time ago and towbarred it to KS. I just recently got the time to go through it and make it roadworthy.

    Batteries, fluids, and above all brakes. No pedal at all. Right to the floor.

    New batteries and a bit of wiring got it running.

    Filled the master cylinder and bled the brakes. Bled the master cylinder dry and got to do it all over again.

    The park brake looked like it had brand new linings except the inner lining was split and missing half. My conclusion is it rusted to the drum and then snapped off half the lining when it failed to release and the truck was moved. So, new lining for the park brake....

    Went to run it around in the field and see if the park brake was dragging. Buried it to the axles and spent an evening getting it out. (Pics and details elsewhere)

    Spent hours removing the mud and washing it.

    Then the day of the trip was upon us. Step one was to release the snapping turtle I had picked up off the road in KS.

    (Edit to add pics)

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    Step two was 360 miles in the drivers seat. 2200rpm and 53mph on 11.00R20 G286s.

    Jeep wrangler as a chase vehicle.

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    Some things just shouldn't be combined...

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    Looks like your comin out to haspin!


    Sweet ill save you a spot

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    Weellll, anything shake out? LOL
    God bless,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98G View Post
    Some things just shouldn't be combined...

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    When you get that camper painted green it will be a fine combination. How about some HMMWV wheels and 37s to bring it up just a bit (kidding).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobyS View Post
    When you get that camper painted green it will be a fine combination. How about some HMMWV wheels and 37s to bring it up just a bit (kidding).
    Or a quick spring-over-axle flip....

    So is this the new traveling home for the 98G family? Giving the Jeep a rest from towing?


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    That is a really nice looking M818!
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    How did you hook up the camper to the military 3.5 inch 5th wheel? I always thought you had to have a civy 5th wheel hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattlerepairman View Post
    How did you hook up the camper to the military 3.5 inch 5th wheel? I always thought you had to have a civy 5th wheel hitch.

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    M818's, M52A2's, and M931's have 2" 5th wheel hitches. (Others too I'm sure, but these are what I have put eyes on.)

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