FAMILY OVERLAND TRUCK

During the lockdowns of 2020 & 2021 we did all the usual things like baking sourdough, growing tomatoes and having Friday afternoon Zoom drinks. But we also decided it was the perfect time to build another overland expedition truck. This one has been designed to comfortably accommodate a family of four, and we have very much enjoyed our adventures around southern Africa in this epic vehicle.

Specifications

We are busy finalising the last bits and pieces of this epic family overland truck, but here are the specifications that the truck will have once it has been totally completed.

Vehicle

  • Mercedes Benz Axor 1824
  • 4×2 with rear diff lock
  • First registered 2009
  • Custom-built body completed in 2021
  • Length: 7.8m
  • Width: 2.45m
  • Height: 3.65m
  • Wheelbase: 4.6m
  • GVM: 18 tonnes (although we come in a lot lighter than that, even fully laden with fuel and water)
  • Engine power: 240hp 
  • Euro 4 (with Adblue)
  • 350L diesel tank (additional tank will be fitted soon)

The Box

  • Constructed using a 25mm honeycomb panel with a layer of Laminux fibreglass resin sheeting 
  • Additional Lamdaboard insulation layer bonded to the honeycomb giving an overall wall thickness of 50mm. Ceiling and floor have overall thickness of 80mm.
  • Vinyl tile flooring on top of marine-grade lightwood ply
  • Custom-designed double glazed windows

Electrical Systems

  • All electrical systems are Victron
  • 12v, 24v and 240v systems
  • Three 365W solar panels on roof (total 1095W)
  • Truck can charge via solar, alternator and shore/mains power
  • 240Ah lithium-ion battery bank 
  • LED lighting interior and exterior using both 24v and 240v systems

Water Systems

  • 400L fresh water tanks – two tank system allowing for separation of drinking water if required
  • Vetus water pumps and gauges
  • 80L grey water tank
  • 60L calorifier (geyser) allowing water to be heated using solar power or engine-heated with a mixing valve effectively giving you 100L of hot water

Seating

  • U-shaped bench with capacity to seat up to 6 people
  • Custom-built hardwood table can be raised or lowered
  • Can be turned into a “day bed”
  • Four camping chairs for sitting outside
  • Detachable ripstop awning (5m x 2.5m) for weather protection while in camp

Sleeping

  • Queen-size (152×200) sky bed (lowers from the ceiling)
  • 2x single bunk beds

Cooking - inside

  • 2-burner gas hob
  • Caesarstone counter top
  • Sink with hot/cold Hans Grohe mixer tap
  • Two 65L Dometic fridge/freezers
  • Nespresso coffee machine, Microwave, Nutribullet, toaster, electric & stove-top kettles

Cooking - outside

  • Outside pull-out kitchen
  • Weber Baby-Q gas braai/bbq
  • Two-ring gas burner
  • External water tap and hose

Bathing

  • Thetford cassette toilet
  • Shower with adjustable Hans Grohe shower head
  • Wooden floors
  • Glass vanity basin

Other Bits & Pieces

  • Cab-top roof rack for additional storage of big items like our new inflatable kayak
  • Steel sand mats
  • Plenty of external storage for wood, braai/bbq grids and accessories, tools, spare parts etc