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Beast On The Loose

May 2, 2011

This weekend we headed up to Suffolk to visit The Beast. It is very close to being finished. The registration process is almost complete and we should get our number plate by the middle of the week.

There are a few small bits and pieces still to be finished off but the only substantial thing to be done is to fit the cab air conditioning which is being done by a company down in Kent. Our camper is the first that Overland Vehicles have fitted cab aircon to so it has to go away to the sub-contractors factory so they make sure they get it right. In future these will be done on site as part of the rest of the build.

The most exciting part of the visit was that I got a chance to test drive The Beast. This is the first time either of us have been in The Beast when it is moving so it was with some trepidation that we got in. Our first impression was that the cab was quite noisy, I am sure we will get used to it. The ride is really smooth, much better than I expected, and the new independently sprung seats are really comfortably. Actually driving it was definitely interesting. The gear shift is a bit tricky, I will get used to it but it will take a little while and it is really lowly geared. The steering is fine though. I am sure that with a few miles under our belts it will be absolutely fine.

Anyway in two weeks everything will be finished and we are going to take The Beast away for the weekend and also get some training in maintenance.

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