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Our Friends from "All One Road"

Rus and Kathleen are from Arcata, California off the Redwood Coast. They have embarked on a two-year overland journey to explore North, Central and South America in their 2005 Ford F-550 Xplorer Xcursion which they fondly call "The Turtle". Married for 27 years and have 3 grown children who have taken over the family business. They expect to be on the road for two years, but they claim at the rate they are going, it could be longer because they keep falling in love with the places they visit and staying longer. Visit website at:
Our rig (RECENTLY SOLD) is an Xcursion. It's similar to other Class C motorhomes, except that it's built on a truck chassis instead of a van. The chassis is a 2005 Ford F-550, 6.0 liter diesel, 5-speed auto transmission, 4x4, rear duallies, and a 163" wheelbase. The coach is fiberglass with just one seam, joining the overhead to the main coach body.

The length of the rig is 26'. If you count the motorcycle on the rear and the spare tire in front, that brings us up to about 30'. We're about 8' feet wide and 11.5' high. Totally loaded with us inside we weigh 17,072 lbs. See more infomation below.
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What came standard on our rig:

-Rear airbag suspension
-Backup camera w/color monitor
-5500w diesel generator
-Air conditioner
-LCD tv w/VCR/DVD, satellite dish
-Microwave/convection oven

-Three-way refrigerator (AC, DC, propane)
-Dry bath (separate shower)
-32"x76" slide-out
-12,000 lb. hitch
-Rear mounted spot/backup light

What we've added or changed:

-HWH leveling jacks (highly recommended, installed at HWH factory)
-Three 100w solar panels- installation by AM Solar, Eugene, OR
-Four 6 volt AGM batteries, charge controller- installation by AM Solar
-2000 watt inverter- Xantrex, installation by AM Solar
-water filtration system- Nature Pure
-Brush guard- Smitty Bilt
-Front-mounted hitch- Draw Tite
-Custom front mount spare carrier- Wright Way Fabrication, Arcata, CA
-Additional mounted spare
-200cc motorcycle (rides two!)- Suzuki DR200SE
-Motorcycle carrier- Ultimate MX Hauler
-Rooftop storage pod (removed tv sat dish for this)
-Custom outside storage bin in dead space underneath coach- Wright Way Fabrication
-Rain cover for roof vent- Max Air
-Removed folding bed from couch to create storage
-Replaced closet w/shelving
-Satellite radio w/roof antenna- Sirius (more Public Radio)
-GPS w/roof antenna- Garmin Quest (works as a hand-held, too)
-Removable aluminum bulkhead (isolates cab from coach when shipping)- Rus designed & built
-Rear springs (replaced origionals with custom heavy-duty set after 20,000 mi)
-All new tires (originals feathered badly after 15,000 miles)- Bridgestone M724's
-New gas front shocks at 25,000 miles- MonoMax
-Heavy duty steel skid rollers for rear end
-Extra propane outlets for barbeque and catalytic heater
-Extra 12v outlets for fans
-Tons of other smaller stuff
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