The SLRV Mercedes Unimog U430 is a compact and capable 4x4 Expedition Vehicle.
It offers a compact solution that delivers excellent off road capabilities. Its portal axles, diff locks and tyre inflation system make it an off road thoroughbred, while its optional VarioPilot changeable steering system allows the driver to command the vehicle from a Left or Right hand drive steering position – excellent for overseas adventures. The cleverly designed living quarters provide for a very comfortable touring experience.
Even though the U430’s interior is quite compact, its doesn’t go short on room or features. With intelligent use of space, SLRV delivers this vehicle in a number of configurations – including electric lift up bed and separate ensuite models.
SLRV vehicles can be fitted with an almost endless range of features and appliances, including induction, diesel and gas cooktops, water and room heaters, washing machines, entertainment systems and more. The new under bench ‘side by side’ marine compressor fridge creates a considerable amount of additional bench space and adds to the open feel.
The electric lift up bed configuration optimises available internal space by incorporating both the bed and large club lounge into one area. Conveniently located out of the way towards the roof, the bed can be lowered to a sleeping position at the press of a button. An electric bed also allows for bunks to be fitted for a family layout.
If you prefer a separate fixed bed configuration, the U430 can be fitted with an east west configuration.
Additional room created from the electric lift up bed configuration allows for a separate ensuite design, featuring separate shower, wc and vanity areas. The combined shower and wc module is also popular in compact units.
No matter what your interior style is, SLRV have you covered. With a range of interior finishes including:
You’re sure to find a style that makes you feel right at home.
An Expedition Vehicle by definition, should not only reach remote locations it must allow its occupants to stay for extended periods. To do this, the vehicle must incorporate a power system that verges on self-sufficiency. Let’s have a look at how the SLRV U430 combines cutting-edge design and the latest technology to do just that……
SLRV are proud partners with Mastervolt – the world leaders in Lithium battery systems. The MLI Ultra series is designed to enjoy all the best properties of Lithium Ion technology in the harshest conditions. These high-performance batteries are ideal for running heavy loads for long periods and short charge times. The battery communicates with the charging system, ensuring safety and performance is maximised at all times. With up to 70% saving in space and weight, these are the ideal choice for any expedition vehicle.
Multiple charging sources are crucial for any expedition vehicles power system. Solar cells play an essential role in keeping your system charged when no other source is available. A good array of panels will, in fact, keep the necessary appliances in the U430 running self sufficiently – given a decent ray of sunshine.
With a high-end Mastervolt Lithium battery system and a good set of solar panels, a generator is not regularly required. It does, however, provide a valuable backup source for charging the batteries during an extended period of overcast or rainy weather. It even comes in handy for running certain appliances – including your air conditioner. Generators can range anywhere from a small Honda 2.0i to a large built-in Diesel unit.
Charging your house batteries from your truck is done via the alternator and a DC-DC charger. The amount of charging time available depends a lot on your style of touring. Some move camp every day, while others spend weeks at any particular location. Therefore it is vital to make the most of the available charge time while on the move. The SLRV electrical team have developed a system that can give up to a 100 amp charge. This can charge a Mastervolt lithium battery system from flat to full in as little as 4 hours.
Another way of utilising available power sources is to incorporate diesel appliances. Units such as cooktops, water heaters, room heaters and even diesel-powered ovens can provide a very efficient source of heat for cooking and comfort.
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The SLRV Unimog U430 is constructed using the latest in composite technology and sits on a specially engineered 3 point torsion free chassis. Take a look…..
SLRV use the latest SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to develop and evaluate vehicle design continually. This manufacturing specific software also allows the SLRV design team to create customised solutions for specific customer requirements. A wide variety of steel and aluminium components are then CNC cut and folded for continual accuracy and quality.
The torsional ‘twist’ of the Unimog truck chassis in extreme conditions, requires the body to be mounted using a 3 point torsion free chassis mounting system. This allows the body and truck chassis to twist independently – minimising transfer of these forces into the motorhome body. This also increases off-road performance by allowing the wheels to remain in contact with the ground.
60mm composite fibreglass panels are used in the construction of the U430’s body – for ultimate strength and cold bridge free insulation. Unlike inferior hot glued panels, SLRV panels are fully infused, which means they are manufactured under vacuum – injecting the perfect amount of resin into the fibreglass. The premium closed cell, self-extinguishing core material has a series of holes, allowing the resin to flow thru and connect the inside and outside fibreglass layers. This prevents de-lamination and adds to the overall strength of the panel.
The U430’s body features custom double glazed, gas-filled recessed windows. The recessed design creates a flush external fit, while double glazing provides excellent insulation against the elements. Insect and block out screens are fitted internally and all windows are available with external armour plating.
All wiring throughout the SLRV U430 is run in conduit for protection against wear and shorting. In fact, every electrical device has its own wiring, in conduit, the entire way back to the main circuit breaker.
SLRV joinery is constructed using the highest quality materials, fixtures and fittings – and is specially built for rugged off-road travel. Cabinet carcass’ is constructed from an ultralight, waterproof and fire retardant plastic material, giving high strength and durability. Cupboard and drawer fronts are finished in a high-quality ABS plastic and are complemented by soft close drawer runners and Blum overhead stays. SLRV heavy duty compression latches are used throughout.
SLRV manufacture its own range of aluminium hatch’s. Unlike mass-produced hatch’s, they are dust, and waterproof do not degrade in the sun. 60mm composite door panels open with gas strut assist and LED lights automatically turn on inside the hatch area.
The U430 is an extremely capable offroad truck, featuring portal axles, military spec wheels/tyres and front/rear diff locks. Interior cabin is comfortable for touring and the truck is also available with VarioPilot – an interchangeable left/right hand steering system.
Front, Rear and Centre lockers are standard on this unit, giving it incredible off-road ability. Diff locks forces both wheels on the diff to turn in unison, regardless of the traction (or lack thereof) available to either wheel individually.
Portal Axles raise the height of the axle (and diff housing etc) above the wheel hub, increasing ground clearance. A set of gears then connect the axle shaft to the wheel hub. This gives the U430 exceptional ground clearance but with a low centre of gravity.
For ultimate off-road capability, the SLRV spec U430 is fitted with 20-inch wheels and Military spec Michelin XZL tyres. They provide maximum grip in mud and sand – and are very quiet for ‘on road’ driving.
SLRV spec vehicles are optioned with a larger, or an additional diesel fuel tank, giving the vehicle extended driving range.
SLRV’s custom aluminium expedition roof rack provides additional storage area over the cab of the truck. It also features a side access ladder, spotlight mounts and sidebars to protect the windscreen from tree branches. An optional roof storage box is also available.
SLRV fit the new ‘Bozcrome’ aluminium winch bar – featuring LED headlights, fog lights, optional LED spotlight bar, recovery points, fair-lead and a bash guard for underbody protection. It houses a 25,000lb electric winch with synthetic cable.
The Bozcrome rear winch receiver is designed to house the same 25,000lb electric winch used up front. Very handy for a rear recovery – when there just isn’t any chance of going forward. The receivers smart design allows a number of towbar attachments, including a standard 50mm towbar attachment and pintle hook.
The U430 features on onboard air system, which supplies the mogs central tyre inflation system. All 4 tyres can be inflated and deflated on the move, giving the driver quick and flexible adjustment to road surfaces and conditions. Halving the tyre pressure in off-road terrain doubles the ground contact surface and the tractive force.
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