We imagined to prepare a 4x4 overlander expedition-truck wich facilitates being off-grid for up to 7-10 days or more.
So in september of 2014 we took off this adventure and follow that dream with buying a former Austrian army truck with little km's. We realized it would be a multi-year plan if we wanted to convert an old armytruck to a reliable companion to travel worldwide over long distances and rough terrains.
The truck was stripped down completely to the last bolt and rebuild again by specialists at Excap in Germany. A new turbo, intercooler and fuelinjection pump were added to increase the original power from 180hp to about 260hp. Large 14.00R20 tires were mounted, all hydraulic and pneumatic linings were replaced and a roofrack was added. The interior was overhauled with new seats and a rooftop airco was installed. End of 2015, the truck was finished. From the looks and technical perspective it was not any near to the original Steyr 12M18 we started off with.
Then around Christmas 2015 we rought the truck to the workshop at Orangework in Germany to create a living-unit according to my own design, plans and ideas. I already worked out a smart interiorplan for 2 people to live in and for 4 people to sleep, wich we optimized with the knowledge of the Orangework team.
We have 325 ltr of fresh drinkingwater, 600 ltr of Dieselfuel and about 30kgs of propane gas on board to support any journey. We have 360Ah Mastervolt Li-ion batteries installed together with 3 rooftop solarpanels. We can both charge on 220V as well as (USA) 110V powerline. At the back there is be a lifting platform installed to take some ATB bikes or a motorcycle with us.
The rig was finished in june 2017 according to plan and was shown off at the Abenteuer Allrad Outdoor 4x4 world-expo in Bad Kissingen (Germany), at the stand of Orangework.
Here you find 3 different galleries of the rebuilt of the truck, the creation of the living-unit and things we added or updated.
For galleries on the different travel destinations, visit the Travelogue page.