Overview

The truck in question was a MAN 8.136,   Ex Danish Army 7.5 ton 4x4 lorry.

These trucks were made for the Danish Army and used for various roles. This one was a mobile office so it had an insulated tarp on the back with solid rear wall with a window and door (Solid as in plywood.)

The previous owner fitted a taillift for getting bikes in and out,   we used it as a veranda and as a bike rack.

The truck is excellent to drive, quiet and does about 50mph. The cab is good on space- bigger than a Unimog cab as there is some space behind the seats. We decided to replace the ‘tarp’ with a full camper box conversion to enable full time living for 2 adults, one child and a dog.

We chose to make a steel frame and clad it with aluminuim rather than use composite board, this was mainly due to timescales, being able to weld and pop rivet meant we could build immediately, as sourcing the right material was a problem at the time.  We would now however build this from composite panels, having done more research we are able to supply boxes pre built for any vehicle.

Once the box was completed we constructed the interior from our own wood supply, a bit extravagant but this was a build for ourselves, not intended for re-sale!
With a baby belling gas stove, woodburner, shower/toilet, engel fridge, seating and sleeping for 3/4 the 4m x 2m x 2m box proved adequate.

Technical Specification

 

Make / model  

MAN 8.136

Age / mileage

 

1988 / 28,000km

Wheels / tyres

 

Michelin XZL

Suspension

 

Standard

Fuel storage / range

 

3 tanks giving 400L approx 1000miles

Water storage / capacity

 

250 L tank

Water purification

 

Life saver bottle

Gear Storage

 

Under bed storage

Sleeping system

 

King size household mattress

Navigation System

 

Garmin V + maps

Cooking set up

 

Baby belling gas cooker wtih oven

Special modifications

 

The whole thing !

Security

 

Battery isolator

Recovery gear

 

Big strap

Roofrack

 

Over cab for firewood and dog bed

Food storage / fridge

 

Engel MT 45

Washing facilities

 

Small sink with footpump for water

Auxiliary power system

 

24V split charge and Solar panels

Auxiliary lighting

 

Fluros and a couple of halogens