The next step in life...

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Michael » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:34 am

I agree with you entirely Dave. To say I don't understand it wasn't the best description from me. I accept everything as it comes with the truck, but it's the previous owner telling me he'd done this and that and then finding out that was a lie. The oil filters were estimated to be 10 years old, the diff oils were certainly not new. These were just some of the specifics that he told me he had changed just before the sale.

I guess my hang up with the mud on the brakes only comes from my experience in motorsport. Clean brakes work better...... :lol:
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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Ivan C » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:20 am

Not a nice thing to happen - to take someone at face value and find out they've been telling porkies. At least none of what has been found is a show stopper. Best to assume everything needs doing, at least you're sure it has been done. You've still got a good truck
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Re: The next step in life...

Postby DaveS » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:35 am

Ah, okay - that is a little different - essentially outright lies in this instance! I would be similarly annoyed/disappointed (something similar has happened to me at least a couple of times too). But as Ivan said, if the base truck is good, then you have a platform to move forward. Hope the rest of the conversion work goes well for you, mate :-)

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby tooFATtoDRIVE » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:34 pm

Michael wrote:
tooFATtoDRIVE wrote:
Michael wrote:@Daveymc. The truck is at Excap to have new rims and 14R20 tyres, Koni dampers and a torsional subframe fabricated.


Do you know which model exactly of Koni dampers are you getting?


I'm not exactly sure of the model, but can find out for you when we pick up the truck in December.

That would be great, thank you.

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Michael » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:32 pm

A few updates to this thread.

Back in January we flew back over to Germany to collect the truck from Excap. Stefan had it finished and ready just before New Year, but we found it easier to leave it a week or so. We didn't fancy another motorbike mayhem trip, so decided on Lufthansa doing the hard work. I picked up a cheap hire car from Frankfurt Airport and we spent a couple of days in Heppenheim, which included getting the registration process sorted and also removing the roof rack from the truck, since I managed to sell it in Germany. That all went pretty smoothly, so we grabbed our new plates and set off early evening from Excap with our Steyr.

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We were heading to Outbound in Boekel, Holland (http://www.outbound.eu/en/), to collect our windows and door.

We arrived at outbound at 2am, which wasn't a problem, because Niels at Outbound said they were happy for us to park on the grass outside the factory and camp overnight.
So, following our previous trip, we spent the second night in the Zeppelin box, but this time we came prepared with sleeping bags!
We woke around 8am when the building contractors arrived and started up the big machinery. In continental fashion, the boss of Outbound is building his house in the grounds of the Outbound Factory.
Niels looked after us for the morning, keeping us topped up with coffee, whilst we chatted and got the windows and door loaded into the Zeppelin box. We then left Outbound and headed to Calais to catch our flexi fare ferry. We were also interested to see if they would question us at the port as to the validity of my 'motorhome' booking :lol:

We arrive at Calais around 3.30 pm, which was a nice change from last time!

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The guy at the check in kiosk didn't question it being classed as a motorhome. He did though, have what I can only describe as, a shocked WTF look on his face. :shock: After he regained his composure, we chatted for a bit and no other questions asked, let us through.....

.....to the waiting French police officers.

"Bonjour. Do you carry any guns?"

"Non"

"May we look in the back"

"Of course you can. It is quite high, would you like me to get the ladder?"

"Non, it will be ok"

I open the back door, they pretend to look in. All they can see is a load of military ammo boxes, two sleeping bags and a load of bubble wrapped items. Nothing too suspicious........ Oh, hang on.

"Ok, merci. You can carry on."

I must add, this was after we had just passed loads of immigrants sitting and walking along the Autoroute into the port, so I was kind of surprised they didn't take a better look. Oh wait...... :P :roll:

We finally get through to wait in the loading line. Yep, plenty of car based people must have got sore necks from the double takes they did as we drove down the line.

This is were we realised that driving into Calais in a camouflaged Military truck, really freaks people out. The loading foreman lady came over to us and, first question, asks "Are you carrying guns?" I say no, she walks off.

Another official comes over 5 minutes later. "Excuse me sir, do you have weapons on board?" I say no and he walks off.

Then a sniffer dog team come past. They don't come anywhere near the truck, they just pass us and go round all the cars.

Then the first lady comes back. "I need to ask you again, do you have weapons on board?" I say no again.

"ok, thank you" as she walks off looking rather bemused :?

Eventually (it wasn't that long, it just seemed it with all the questions) we got loaded onto the ferry...

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The crazy thing is, despite all the questions, at no point did anyone search the truck!

We landed early evening, so had plenty of time to drive to my brothers place in Sussex, where we stayed the night. The following day we made our way over to Helen's Mums place near Southampton to freak her neighbours out again. You may remember, it was her place that our friends parked their Steyr at. So my mother in law is getting a reputation for wierd and wonderful vehicles now.
I coudn't resist taking a 'blending in' photo as well...

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Michael » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:43 pm

From Southampton, we made our way over to Wales, were we will be building the truck at our friends place. We picked up a few truck related items on the way, like wall covering and flooring for the Zeppelin box.

A random photo I took on the way...

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My Shell points card likes this truck.

This is the truck's new home for the near future. Our friends have only just moved to the place, but are so kind to let us stay and build the truck in their back garden. They have plenty of land, which might explain the muddy wheels :P

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Michael » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:48 pm

Most recently, I spent a day removing the interior load rails from the Zeppelin and filling the thousand odd holes that remained. A pretty straight forward job.

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I decided to keep the load rails in the area that will be the garage, under the bed. The ones in the floor may well prove useful for mounting heavy items like the water tank and batteries.

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Ivan C » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:39 am

Outstanding! made my morning :D
I think I've just been convinced to keep the MAN nato green.
Seriously though, you should document the conversion as a book, you have a very readable writing style.
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BTW Interesting you picked Outbound for doors and windows, we visited them last year after AO and were very impressed, both by the people and the products.

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby Brian-reynolds » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:55 pm

Good one Michael, lovely truck. I really do like the Steyr trucks, they look great!

Looking forward to seeing it at some later stage.

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Re: The next step in life...

Postby christyler » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:04 pm

i agree totally with the choice of Outbound windows and doors. i have them for my project, they really are the business. great quality.


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