The Beast – A Volvo N10 Truck

Here, you will find information about how we specified, bought and converted a Volvo N10 expedition truck. For our truckin’ adventures, see the Truckin’ About page.

On Friday 13th December 2019, Boris Johnson swept into Downing Street with a decisive majority, crushing all hope of a second referendum or soft Brexit. It heralded the end of Freedom of Movement for UK citizens in the whole of the EU Schengen Visa Free Zone. The 90/180 rule would seriously limit our ability to travel for extended periods within the 26 countries currently members of Schengen.

“I’ve had enough of Britain. Let’s go to Mongolia!” I said to Mark.

I wasn’t joking.

A month later, on Monday 13th January 2020, the day after Mark’s birthday, we put down a deposit on The Beast. It was a shame that Sterling had dropped so much as we enter our new golden era of British Introversion Independence, otherwise it would have been a much sweeter deal.

The Beast is a Volvo N10, 6 x 4-wheel-drive, ex-army truck. Here is a link to her specification.

We intended to convert her into our new home, ready for our travels outside the EU and Schengen in 2021, although a few things conspired against us.

Before even collecting her in March 2020, our journey was eventful. Follow our progress as we work out how to get an unregistered Belgian truck, bought in The Netherlands back home to the UK when we were in Italy and Mark’s LGV licence expired in four months previously because, “We won’t be needing that, will we?!”

And then in March 2020, the world went into lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic…

Building The Beast

A. The Purchase

B. The Conversion

C. Have A Look Around The Finished Product!

The Adventure Begins…

See more adventures in The Beast on the Truckin’ About page.

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