Tag: How to purchase and convert an overland truck

Collecting the Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 2 – Rotterdam to Bournemouth

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Tuesday: Rotterdam – Calais (By Accident)

Mark was in Rotterdam.

This was following THE most ill-fated, 26-hour overland journey from high in the Italian Alps to The Low Countries to collect The Beast, a 30-year old ex-army truck that is to become our new, all-terrain mobile home.

Lady Luck had already made it clear that she was not on our side. After all we’d been through just purchasing The Beast and getting Mark as far as Rotterdam to collect her, I was riddled with angst about whether she would even start, never mind be roadworthy. And it was a good few years since Mark had driven a truck.

My last update had been about midday, before Mark and The Beast had actually met. It was 9:00pm before I got a call to say,

“I’m about eighty miles from the Channel Tunnel,” which was a shame.

I had just paid a supplement for the ferry crossing that he had booked from Le Havre. Continue reading “Collecting the Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 2 – Rotterdam to Bournemouth”

Collecting The Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 1 – Staffal to Rotterdam

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The Beast waits patiently in Rotterdam. But would Mark ever get there?!

Monday: Staffal – Pont St Martin

As part of our Brexit-Busting plan to abandon Europe for Mongolia, Mark and I have bought a 24.5 tonne truck to convert into our new home. She is a Volvo N10. She is HUGE, so we named her The Beast.

We fully accepted that the purchase, unseen, of an unregistered, 30-year-old Belgian army truck in Holland to import into the UK was not likely to be 100% straightforward. With blithe determination and the conviction that ‘there’s always a solution’, we jumped through the many administrative hoops and squared that circle. Yet throughout the build-up to Mark going to collect her, it seemed the gods were trying to tell us something. Continue reading “Collecting The Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 1 – Staffal to Rotterdam”

Squaring The Circle – How To Import an Unregistered Belgian Truck from Holland into the U.K.

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How do you get an unregistered 24.5 tonne Belgian truck back to the UK from Holland when you’re in Italy & your LGV licence has expired?

Decision made; we found the vehicle of our dreams; paid the deposit; specified a few extras that we wanted the dealer to install before we collected her…

All that remains is to get her home. Continue reading “Squaring The Circle – How To Import an Unregistered Belgian Truck from Holland into the U.K.”

Carbon Footprints & The Beast

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The Beast – a Volvo N10. Our new home from late 2020

‘Let he who is without carbon footprint cast the first stone’

If you follow my blog, you will know that the environment is high on our agenda. Travelling overland in a caravan or motorhome is already more eco-friendly than most methods of living, travel or holidaying. Mark and I have a very minimal lifestyle, with few possessions, we try to avoid waste and have reduced our use of plastic considerably.

However, as part of our Brexit Busting plan, we have bought a truck to convert for overland travel outside of the E.U. Continue reading “Carbon Footprints & The Beast”