After his rifle and his gun, it is doable a soldier is most accustomed to the ins and outs of an AM Normal HMMWV. Englewood, Colorado, veteran Reed Gerdes took his time three years in the past changing a Bluebird college bus into the Schutzengel Skoolie. However when he wished to construct an overlander that might beeline to GPS factors visited largely by snakes, bugs, and Bigfoot, he and his veteran enterprise companion selected a Hummer H1 as the bottom. Noticed by Motor1, their firm known as Wolf Rigs and this primary product known as the Patton, making one other Military connection named after Reed’s father’s favourite basic and favourite film. And though the H1 is understood for being a large boy, the inventory truck is 86.5 inches extensive together with mirrors. That makes the Patton narrower by a few whispers than comparable chunky overlanders just like the Ford F-350-based Earthcruiser Terranova.
There is a diesel engine up entrance, the Patton Monroney indicating Wolf Rigs swapped one of many GM V8 oil-burners for a 3.9-liter Cummins inline-six, shifting via an Alison 1000 six-speed computerized. On the different finish, 1/8-inch aircraft-grade aluminum plate frames residing quarters that flip the Hummer’s army functionality and 16 inches of floor clearance into good residing. The rig, in reality, appears to be like just like the Military’s HMMWV ambulance however constructed to carry the hale and wholesome. The 2-tiered field accommodates an L-shaped bench, two-burner range, sink, and slide-out fridge and freezer chests. On the again, a stand-up bathe hides Wolf Rigs’ patented rest room that may retract into the wall. A queen-sized mattress occupies the loft above the cockpit, regarded over by a skylight, home windows, and in-roof lighting. Outdoors, twin doorways in again of the field open onto a storage space stocked with a full-sized spare, ladder, jerry cans, and a propane tank, however there’s room for lots extra. On prime, 800 watts of solar energy retains the lights on and the meals chilly.
Gerdes informed an area information station, “I wished to construct one thing for the ‘common Joe.’” If the Patton’s beginning worth of $350,000 contains common joes, then the brand new regular is much more costly than we have been result in imagine. The aforementioned Terranova, likewise, begins at “simply” $325,000 with an “adventure-ready” load-out. The Patton’s a really cool rig nonetheless, with house owners virtually assured to not meet the identical factor coming the opposite approach down the path except they’ve wandered into areas which can be sizzling for extra causes than simply summer season temps.
We extremely suggest testing the video above. Gerdes has a terrific story about how he obtained to the Skoolie and from there to the Patton.