The M1083 Cab in a Nutshell

We’ve posted a lot about our expedition vehicle‘s cabin and gear garage, but the cab itself seems to have been relegated to proverbial red-headed stepchild status. To those of you who’ve been asking, “What about the cab?” This one’s for you. It’s the least exciting part of our overland adventure truck to look at, to be sure, but the M1083 holds a few gems in its compact cab-over body. From the central tire inflation system that allows us to change tire pressure at the touch of a button, to the stellar little military heating system that keeps us warm & toasty, the simplicity of the M1083 shell warranted its own post today.

Here, Martin talks a little about some of the features of the M1083 cab. Images and footage courtesy of Dylan Magaster from when he did this little video shoot on us. If you haven’t already, do check out his YouTube channel on alternative styles of living to create the life you want. If we missed something you want to know more about, please feel free to backchannel us.


  1. That sounds great! Perfect idea with the shipping container. The truck came with its original title and we registered it as an RV. Backchannel us if you’d like more info on that – happy to help. We have heard no rumblings about a Mexican ban on conversions but since its clearly civilian in appearance now, we doubt it’s a realistic issue. There are plenty of people who’ve done it, and if rules change we will have to cross that bridge when we get there. In any case, with our current political climate, we are leaning toward sticking to northern travel for a bit yet :/. Sorry, Canadians ?.

  2. Stellar! Ive had my m929 (6wd 5ton) for 3 years now and we are converting it to our house this spring. A 20′ shipping container will be our living space. I really do hope to meet you out in the world sometime. 2 questions, was it difficult changing the title to an rv and are you allowed to bring surplus military trucks into Mexico(I heard it wasn’t allowed…you mentioned heading south and we had similar plans) Cheers Mike in Canada

  3. Fair enough. We made do with the footage we had. The rear view camera is by Rear View Systems. There are three views – left, right, and rear. With no need to inflate or deflate we don’t do it on a whim just for camera but will snap a shot of that next time a need arises, lol. Thanks.

  4. That looked painful… but – Thanks for sharing, my head is spinning wth all those technical details. LOL
    Obviously I am kidding you, hope you aren’t thin skinned. I would have like to see the image on the rear camera monitor, actual c/u shots of the gauges, maybe a shot of you lowering the tire pressure (sand) quick cut-away to shot of tire deflating. Stuff like that.
    It is the technical details ( in particular electrical/plumbing systems) that first inspired me to follow your site/videos.
    Have a safe and swell New Year… and try to have a little fun!

    Your Pal,

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