- That which has been seen cannot be undone – retro Unimog camper on ebay
Hi John (and Terry trail rat)
Iceland is not a serious plan at the moment (certainly not for 2014), but we absolutely loved the place on the first visit. The main killer is getting there in something big and thirsty within a sensible timescale and cost. The ferry used to do a great cloverleaf route including Scotland, Faroes, Bergen, Scotland, Iceland and Denmark. Now it just does Denmark-Faroes-Iceland, so that means drive to Harwich, 21 hour £££ Ferry to Denmark, drive up Denmark and then ££££ multi day ferry crossing. Or do overnight Hull-Rotterdam and then more than 1000km to get to ferry in Denmark 🙁
You simply can’t cross the centre of Iceland without fording multiple rivers. Not too risky as there are plenty of people doing it plus 4×4 coaches on the main routes in summer. I think the bigger problems are afternoon crossings in sunny weather as daytime glacial melt makes things a bit lively….
What does a Mog actually get taxed / registered as – truck or agricultural vehicle? (and if the latter, are there mileage constraints).
One of the best “budget” truck options would be a Leyland DAF T244. I was an apprentice at Leyland in the years when they were finishing development / running the production. A lot of development went into them and they were pretty well sorted from what I remember. Prices are good and plenty of new spares at surplus prices. Just need somewhere to store one…… And a licence unless can get it downplated to 7.5 tonne.
Also always fancied a Uaz – you can even buy new ones, although probably impossible to get it registered in UK. http://www.uaz.ru/eng/models/commercial/39625/Posted 5 years ago
I shall dig around later for more pics
Buts its a double tragedy. I had my camera knicked in Burundi
But i then shared a camera with a friend
He kept all the slides and the plan was i would scan them. By the time I bought a scanner he has lost the set of the best slides….Posted 5 years ago
First service in North Africa. we had the Lorry for about 3 months before leaving. You can see what we did. Benches down the side for seating and storage. 2 people could sleep on each side. 2×180 litre water tanks at the back of the benches. Additional 88 gallon fuel tank on the right.
Just before we sold the lorry. You can see the big storage area up at the front. 3 could sleep on here. Plus 2 in stretchers hung in the roof. But once it was hot most of us slept around the outside, with the lorry to tie our mosquito nets to
We broke the main steering bearings mid desert. The ones fitted were incorrectly speced. One of the guys on the bikes flew home for the funeral and flew out with some bearings. We carried their petrol for the next 700 miles
To avoid the corrugations or wash board people drive to the edge of the main track. So in places the area driven over is more than 10 miles wide
We met a gang of proper truck runners. Every year they brought trucks to drive to Africa and sell. This was one of them. They would carry 100s of gallons of diesel as it could be bought so cheaply in Algeria. They also made a killing bringing retired truck tyres from Germany
Ferry probably in Zaire
Typical main road in zaire. One day we covered 56 miles in 8 hours. You just drive to the next mud hole. A lorry drives in and gets stuck. The next one going the other way pulls it out. That Lorry then drives in and gets stuck…
Crossing the zaire River on a stupid trip down a side road. I think it was 5 km wide
I put 2 wheels off the road here. It took about 20 of us 36 hours to dig it out. To then be told the road was a dead end. All a huge disaster as for the first time we had split up. We left 4 people stuck in small town for 10 days waiting for us, they had very little money..
Buying Fuel from a lorry that had fallen over in he dreaded black cotton soil in Tanzania. He’d been there for ages selling Fuel to buy food. I think he was even keeping chickens. Several days later we met the owner coming the other way, to see what he could do about a recoveryPosted 5 years ago
Mike have you been to Utah
The White rim trail would be a great family 4wd and biking venture
I think the 4 wd rentals in Moab let you drive the Rim. Its not the best cycling but its scenic. We met loads of families with mum or dad driving and the kids cycling as as much or as little as they wanted
Plus you could do all the other Moab classics
A few more photos herePosted 5 years ago
John – stop it stop it stop it stop it 🙂
Funnily enough we are just trying to decide what to do for holidays. Sophie always raved about Moab.
The early Leyland Landmaster suffered in Africa, so we had corrugation, herringbone and 1″ / 2″ setts surfaces on the test track (sadly out of use now). Different speeds = different frequencies. If you went too slow then it coincided with the natural frequency of the suspension and was like driving on ice. Just googled this picture which is in one of my lab rooms at work – the floor is a 1100 tonne seismic block on 20mm of air suspension so we don’t shake the building down…….Posted 5 years ago
Corrugations must be an engineering nightmare. It certainly seems that driving though resonance is much more comfortable. Well i assume thats what happens. We often lacked the power for this. we also set up our own transverse cab resonance by badly seating a tyre on a rim…
I’ve just got from a dog walk around the edges of Milbrooke test track. i don’t think that they have corrugations either. They do have Pave and a 1:1 hill
We met two guys in what was a sort of long wheel base Land Rover kebab van. Well that’s what they claimed it had started as. They used it as motor home. But for some reason the modification changed the way that the suspension reacted to the washboard. They’d come across the desert on a much more corrugated route than us. Every they time they sped up on Corrugations the back end would step out and the vehicle got slowly move side ways. So they’d had to bump along at under 30 mph for hundreds of miles
If you can afford to get to America and can get away in Spring or Autumn Utah would be a great family holiday. Perhaps throw in some rafting or just exploring the National ParksPosted 5 years ago
I think our concrete corrugations were something like 1 metre pitch, and generally driven at about 50-55 kph giving a frequency around 16Hz – 18Hz ish. Under 40kph was rather scary. Sometimes didn’t do the corrugations element for European market vehicles but was essential for Africa.Posted 5 years ago
Ampthill, those are terrific photos, what an adventure! Your truck reminds me of the Dakar-style RAID racing trucks, just cheaper! There are DAF trucks racing which look like a cheaper commercial 4×4 version would make an excellent exploration camper. Where did you get the Bedford from? I assume it was a 4×4, I can see what looks like a transmission in the front axle.
Oh, and seeing Mick’s reference to the Leyland DAF I did a quick Goog, and found this:
Posted 5 years ago
Speaking of DAF trucks, can anyone remember the DAF 95 TurboTwin Dakar racing trucks from the late 80’s?
In 1982, 1985 and 1987, DAF DAF ‘Team de Rooy’ won the Truck Dakar Rally. In 1988 they literally launched the two most daring – badass racing trucks of all time, the DAF 95 Turbo Twin X1 and X2. Each truck was powered by two 11.6 litre diesel engines and each engine fuelled by three turbochargers. Each truck produced 2400 horse power, or 1765 KW. The eleven ton trucks flew past motor bikes in the desert and were faster than the Porsches and Peugeots – reaching speeds of over 240 kilometres an hour (150 mph).
Would love a Russian Kamaz, though:
Probably need to own an oil-producing country to afford the fuel bills, though!Posted 5 years ago
1988 was the year DAF had the enormous fatal crash in the Dakar rally – I went to college day-release with one of the guys that survived (they sorted him an office job once recovered from massive injuries). There was a BBC documentary this year where it was great to see him interviewed.
The (Leyland) T244 and Dakar rally trucks were completely unrelated. DAF also did their own unrelated military models.
T244 was the Bedford replacement – now largely obsolete due to need for IED blast protection etc (often ground up designs around V shaped blast deflecting hulls). MAN 4×4 etc now replaced it for other general duties (Leyland / DAF chose not to tender).
Lots of buses in Iceland built on Scania and Merc 4×4 truck chassis. There were some glacier tour buses built on MAN 8x8sPosted 5 years ago
For fellow dakar fans look up the polish breslau warsaw rally. Some insane stuff from there including one of the kamaz trucks above spitting water out its exhaust cab mounted exhausts on a deep water crossing not clear quite how its got in – split exhaust or if it has conrods of kryptonite….but impressive none the less.
Mick, saw a few 6×6 leyland daf tractor units in equatorial guinea working out of k5 dock the first time i went in 2009 they were splitting new fresh green paint jobs
Was back in august – they were facked. Took a walk through k5 and many had been destined to the big parts bin in the corner to keep the remainder on the road.Posted 5 years ago
Not as impressive as ampthill and scuds photos but fairly modern africa/me
This road just colapsed under the bus
Rangey tow truck off to rescue the bus- note the bullet hole in our hilux dash.
Why the roads were colapsing.
Firing throuh the desert sands of turkmenistan in a toyota previa of all things ! – safer than the prado we had the second time as the driver was thinking he was in the dakar in the prado.
Nothing for miles but plenty of washboard in the sand – wasnt much sleep on those journeys.
I have a few others but i need to edit out company logos first and my laptops in the office.Posted 5 years ago
Mick, I remember the ’88 Dakar crash, but only vaguely, I didn’t have the interest in it then that I do now. Seeing what those MAN and Kamaz trucks can be made to do, I’ve always thought that converting the rear to an expedition back would make a great long-distance tough camper, but of course those things are built from the ground up for racing.Posted 5 years ago
A simpler, similar style 4×4 truck would look cool, though.
This is rather what I had in mind:Posted 5 years ago
One of the guys at work comes from Zimbabwe and apprenticed as an HGV mechanic over there (now with an engineering degree he is a VERY capable guy). He worked on lots of DAF 3600s back in the day. I think the newer stuff is probably a bit lightweight for Africa (more aimed at economy and payload in Europe).
We used to make the Leyland Comet for Africa – simple and ugly rigid beast with a stripped out Roadrunner cab plonked on top. No rear dampers.Posted 5 years ago
We Certainly saw leyland Comets. Apparently they were let down by politics of aid. They would be provided for a project or time period. But there wasn’t a long term spares plan or not a long term affordable spares plan
We got friendly with some people travelling in a Magirus-deutz jupiter 6×6
I think it was an air cooled V8. Certainly no synchromesh. They let me drive it. I only ground to halt once due to an inability to get it into any gear :oops:. But it was brilliant way more mobile than our thing. A huge bonnet like that is a challenge for low speed manouvres. But it did have a gauge to tell you which way the steering wheels were facing. The same guy also owned a motor home based on a Hanomag
That looked the perfect size for the tough mobile camper. I think it was one of these
Good to see your photos trail rat
I do like the Paris Dakar concept. We went through a town in Niger after it had been through.So we heard alot about the logistics. That is the logistics of getting enough prostitutes in and out of each over night camp, apparently they needed hundreds. Never mind morals this was 1988 the height of Western fear over an AIDS epidemic. So my view of the event isn’t quite what it wasPosted 5 years ago
Never really got the pinzgauer – always seemed very underpowered for the size and capacityof the truck.
That video just showed how stressed the engine was – i appreciate it is in low box and negotiating a climb but that engines working its nuts off.
That said there have been some tasty conversions put together.Posted 5 years agojackthedogMember
But imagine the reality of a Pinz (swing axle suspension) would be pretty awful on road.
I found the Pinz a damn sight nicer to drive on (and off) road than the Land Rover, and I say that as a (recovering) Land Rover obsessive. Handle way better than they look like they should – that chassis/drivetrain is just genius. The old petrol ones do seem under-engined by modern standards, but compared to a Land Rover of the same vintage (we’re talking the days of 2.25 petrols in 12 seater 109 station wagons…) they start to seem more acceptable. From memory, the 4×4 Pinz is only around 9″ longer than a Landy 90 too, they’re smaller than they look.Posted 5 years agoLazgoatMember
My sister and her husband travelled from Switzerland to Capetown in a LandRover they’d converted. The did it in a leisurely 2 or so years and it must have been truly unforgettable.
While in Istanbul a couple of years ago I spotted an overland MAN truck in a park by the Bosphorous with a couple of MTB”s locked on the back. I can’t remember the name of it,but it was a husband and wife and their 6 year old travelling round the world. They had a blog and some really good videos too.
WANT!Posted 5 years agoz1ppyMember
Loving the ebay relist for the unimog, couldn’t get any interest with the auction starting at £3500… so up it to £4000 (BIN still £6500)Posted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
Oh this is very nice:
Have a really close look at the accommodation.Posted 5 years ago
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