Looking for any 4wd hino owners.

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 at 20:32
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We recently bought a 1989 4wd Hino Ranger mobile home.
It's only done 175,000km and for its age it's in good condition.
It was built in Caboolture and fitted out by Trakka.
Like to make contact with any other owners of these vehicles. I'll try and post a photo.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 08:13

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 08:13
You might have some luck here
https://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/
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Follow Up By: GerryG - Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 19:12

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 19:12
Thanks Wicket, it's quite a site. I want to see what others have done re. replacing the duels on the back with singles all round and a few other things.
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Follow Up By: GerryG - Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 19:18

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 19:18
Wife, looking over my shoulder says it's "duals". Who am I to argue?
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Follow Up By: nickb - Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 23:30

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 23:30
Lucky she’s there, grammar/spelling mistakes aren’t taken lightly by some on here...

No ideas to help you but it looks like a solid truck!!! Definitely won’t lose it in the parking lot haha!!!
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Follow Up By: GerryG - Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 at 12:03

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 at 12:03
I'm more worried about parking it beside a tall hedge! Might blend in.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 13:22

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 13:22
Gerry - The Hinos are an excellent truck, they're the premium line of the Jap trucks.

But I fail to see any major advantage of turning a tilt cabin truck, into a fixed cabin truck.

It must make repair and maintenance a nightmare.

The old forward control Bedfords were pretty bad for that - until one day, a Bedford guru showed me how you take the cab off the FC Bedfords, by undoing 4 cab bolts, unclipping the wiring harness, lowering the door windows, sliding a plank through the window openings, cushioning the plank against the upper door frames with two telephone directories - and then just lifting the cab straight up, with slings around the ends of the plank!

I can understand the Hino design is to provide access to the living area from the cabin, but I think the loss of a tilt cabin, outweighs any gain in having easy access between cabin and living area.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: GerryG - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 20:23

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 20:23
Hi Ron,
The cabin still tilts on this vehicle. It would have to be the best system I've ever seen. It's done hydraulically, which I suspect is the same system the truck would have used.
After 30 years there's no sign of water entering or dust. I am yet to find out how much movement there is between the cab and the rear section but it looks like there's not going to be a problem.
One can't walk from cabin to the rear section but there's nearly a metre high opening, the width of the truck.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 22:29

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 22:29
Gee, that's certainly a very clever and ingenious piece of engineering and bodybuilding.

Cheers, Ron.
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