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

Our Brexit Busting Plan

In St Lucia on my 40th birthday, a local told us, “I wish I had a French passport, like they do on some other Caribbean islands, then I would be able to travel freely, wherever I want.” Effectively, he couldn’t leave the island. To travel almost anywhere…

Carbon Footprints & The Beast

‘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…

The Birth of The Beast – How To Source & Spec. an Overland Truck

With the election of Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister and the prospect of Brexit becoming inevitable, we formulated a Brexit Busting plan. “Let’s go to Mongolia!” With Big Blue & Kismet, we truly did courageously split our infinitives and ‘Boldly Go Where No Van Has Gone…

B. The Conversion

The Costs of Converting an Overland Truck

I promised to give a roundup of the costs of converting The Beast, a Volvo N10 truck, into our new home. So here goes: To follow our rationale and decision process in choosing a Volvo N10, please see The Birth of The…

C. Have A Look Around The Finished Product!

A Preview of The Beast: Our New Expedition Truck!

You might notice that I have been rather quiet of late and this is the reason. We have sold our main residence and packed up our life once again to hit the road in The Beast, our newly converted expedition truck. Due to Covid travel restrictions, our destination currently looks more Manchester than Mongolia, but…

The Adventure Begins…

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

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