bromleyxphil wrote:On Friday I met up with Hugh who owns it on the way up to John o groats. The guy is very pleased with his truck and seems like a decent chap so I wish him well. He did tell me that he bought the truck from Jackson’s and commissioned Motorcraft to build it.
Phil, did the owner give any idea of his intended use of the truck and / or whether he commissioned its build according to his own design?
It’d be useful to know as it’s kind of central to the theme that’s developed on the thread.
The ‘other’ MAN Motorcraft had at the AO show also had a very long and low rear overhang making it a handful to manoeuvre in tight spaces / severely compromising departure angle.
Also, the mock-up design use by MC in this link
is - to say the least - an odd way to promote prowess as an expedition truck builder. The idea of taking a Unimog (with the significant amount of designed-in chassis flex they have) and making an integrated coachbuilt from it again smacks of a worrying lack of understanding. I get it’s only a mock up but it’d certainly put me off using them.
The ‘Nu-Vardo’ T244 Ivan first posted is perplexingly tall and, along with a few of the vehicles we’ve seen from MC are - by design - significantly compromised in terms of their ability to tackle anything but well-surfaced roads and wide open spaces.
Just trying to understand the current state of the UK professional converters’ industry and whether it’s the supply or demand side that’s at play in making stuff that looks tough but might struggle once off trunk roads.