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Meet the beast

February 14, 2011

Beauty and the Beast


It’s not finished yet but “The Beast” is our vehicle of choice.

It’s an ex military Daf 4×4 flatbed truck. The conversion is being done by a company in the Uk called Overland Vehicles Ltd who have recently started creating expedition style campers.

The Specs:

Model:                      45/150
Cab:                           Tilting. 1 + 2 seats. Stowage space at rear of cab
Config.:                    Permanent 4 wheel drive Logistics vehicle
Engine:                    Cummins 5900 cc 6 cylinder Turbo Diesel direct injection @ 145 hp.
Transmission:      5 speed gearbox and 2 speed transfer box with differential lock.
Steering:                  ZF Power assisted.
Brakes:                    Full Air System.
Body:                        steel drop side cargo body, removed before building.
Max. Payload:       4.2 Tonnes

This is what it would have looked like before the work started:

Leyland Daf

The box built on the back is going to be our home for 18 months and is an independent expedition style camper:

Body length in the region of 4.9m, width 2.5m.
‘Cut through’ to the cab.
2 x Double beds
Big worktop/food preparation area with ample storage space.
Ample seating (including 2 x forward facing seats with seatbelts) with table
Gas powered kitchen hob.
Compressor 12 volt fridge.
Big fresh water tank with effective filtration, smaller waste tank,
Big shower room with hand basin, shower and flush loo (cassette).
12 volt living area batteries with 24 to 12 volt and 240 to 12 volt charging. Mains hook up. Solar panels for trickle charging. LED internal lights.
LED side ‘under awning’ lights.
Eberspacker diesel powered hot water and internal heating.
Sprung cab seats.
Skylights/roof vents x 2.
Roofrack/viewing platform with rear access ladder.
External LED lights.
Big rear secure kit storage locker + O/S external storage locker.
Front mtd winch.
2nd spare tyre – rear mounted with small winch to aid storage.
Adaptor to inflate tyres from the main air brake system
Massive 340l fuel tank
Cab roofrack and windscreen protection bars
Interior with half real oak wall covering

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