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sabconsulting

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Here are a few pictures from the Adventure Overland show in the UK. I think this was the 2nd year this was run. The organiser caught us browsing around the German show in 2012 with Joerg68 and invited us to come alone, but we couldn't do it that September as we were due to be in Morocco with the camper.

Roll on 2013 and we decided to go along for the weekend and have a look.

We drove to the show Friday evening and on the entrance to the exhibitors field were greeted by Sundowners (on this forum occasionally) - first time I've had someone recognise my vehicle and greet me by my forum name [emoticon]

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Like Overland Expo in Arizona the show is nice in that once you are inside camping you are in the show, so everyone mingles around - exhibitors, vendors, attendees camping. This creates a better atmosphere than the Bad Kissingen show in Germany where everyone has to queue for a bus to take them to the official show ground, then get the bus back to the campground afterwards.

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Sally talking to a couple who were planning to drive their newly equipped Land Rover down to South Africa. They had put a lot of work into preparing the vehicle but had only gone on local camping trips so far:

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Quite a number of truck campers of various sorts (generally European), though to be honest I suspect everyone in the country with one had brought it:

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This was a very nicely renovated camper - the truck is a '86 - you can tell from its registration (license) plate:

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And whose is this? Why it is Nigel and Pamela's (Sundowners) - really nice to see them over the weekend:

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Some traditional expedition trucks - I've driven these old army trucks before - would be a slow uncomfortable journey across Africa I suspect - good solid truck though:

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I've seen this on display in Germany. Very nice, but well out of my budget:

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A friend said the camper pod on one of these was around 200k GBP before you mounted it on a truck, and these military trucks look expensive too. I reckon you'd be talking half a million (in GBP) to have everything fully equipped and ready to go as per these examples - a lot of assets to lose if it all goes wrong somewhere in Siberia or the Congo (e.g. some corrupt official at a checkpoint decides El Presidente would like your truck as a gift [emoticon]).

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Ultra short-beds on these small double-cab compact trucks aren't very good in terms of centre of gravity:

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The latest model of the South African built Ford Ranger (only has the name in common with the US compact truck) - so this is the latest incarnation of my truck but with double instead of supercab:

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Sally got a free demonstration from some medics of field dressings and resuscitation - they were happy to find someone to demonstrate their knowledge to:

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Not quite a truck camper:

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A truck camper in the making?:

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Looking inside a friend's military pod:

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Our immediate neighbours:

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Travelling light?:

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I would have loved to party with the other campers in the centre that night, but I had a thumping headache and Sally had caught a virus, so we went to bed early. Sally making toast on the Sunday morning:

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We were camped with a load of Iveco 4x4 light trucks - these are starting to be popular as they are a light commercial truck, so strong and reliable with good parts availability. Not particularly quick / powerful I imagine. Eagle-eyed truck spotters will recognise an Australian OKA amongst the Ivecos:

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A bit of sun in the afternoon:

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And then we were ready to pack our stuff away and head home:

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We'll probably go next year too.

Steve.


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Nice and thanks for sharing Steve!

Hope to see you and Sally at 2014 Overland Expo in Flagstaff. AZ

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sabconsulting wrote:

Eagle-eyed truck spotters will recognise an Australian OKA amongst the Ivecos:

Steve, yes that is surprising. Two doors down from me a neighbour had one parked in his backyard for two years. The Company was a victim of the mining downturn. Went from an ancient underpowered Perkins diesel to a Cummins, The Company was owned eventually by an Indian company.
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The latest model of the South African built Ford Ranger (only has the name in common with the US compact truck) - so this is the latest incarnation of my truck but with double instead of supercab:

Not exactly setting the world on fire although the Australian designed South African/Thai built Pickup has won many international design awards.
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Ultra short-beds on these small double-cab compact trucks aren't very good in terms of centre of gravity:

Agree totally, very very unstable.
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Some traditional expedition trucks - I've driven these old army trucks before - would be a slow uncomfortable journey across Africa I suspect - good solid truck though:

Steve understatement. I think that is an ancient Bedford, you would need new kidneys after a ride in that. I think they would really have to do something with the suspension.

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Thanks for the Pics and Report! Lots of interesting rigs. So, after all, you do have a TC community over there ;-)


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Very nice trip report and I hope you are both feeling much better now

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Nice report, Steve. It reminded of the OE quite a bit. Love the exotic RVs.


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Sabconsulting & Robert Ryan,
As RobertRyan points out, a very interesting Australian built 4WD Truck, called an OKA, weighing
over 5 tons, but sadly only having a 4.5 litres 4 cylinder Perkins engine.
I had one for two & half years. Great concept, poorly put together. Had the biggest bullbar around at the time, weighing 1/2 a ton.
Mine had 9 wonderful coach/bus seats, in three rows and a rear tray, 6 x 8 ft, very handy.
On one trip to Steep Point, the western most point of Australia, a large sand hill & track to a very rocky part of the coast, it took me 9 trips forward, progressively creating it's own track, up & back, up & back, compressing the sand, as the OKA's wheel track was wider than the standard 4wd(including Americn Pickups), eventually getting to the top with my 8 passengers, plus myself.
One female passenger needed a couple of Sapphire Gin & Tonics, which we just happened to have, on board, to calm & relax her. We are still good friends.
I bought the OKA at government Auction for $38,000, 3 years old, with 34,000 kilometers, formerly being a State Emergency Servive Vehicle, was equipped with a wonderful 15 ton PTO winch.
Sold it 2.5 years later for $36,000.
When I used it to take the boys to school they were very happy in the Truck, but the girls wanted to be dropped off about a street away, being too embarrassed.
Had some great times, towed a Trak Shak Camper Trailer, with 6 Gerry cans, a WAECO fridge,
but was a little under powered.
Large oversized 16 inch Yokahama tubeless tires, high weight load rating, on very solid special handmade steel rims, like Rick-sons.
With OKA, Camper Trailer, Passengers, Food, Water, fuel, etc, probably weighed around 7 tons.
OKA, wonderful Australian 4WD Truck/Bus, about the size of a Kodiak.
A very limited number were even produced as a Truck & Camper.
A lot were produced for Saudi Arabia with 6 litre V8 gas engines.
Most were produced as 11 seater 4WD tour & mining company buses. Very high on the road or track, but had a reputation for tipping over, never had that problem.
Interesting Vehicle, the OKA, look it up.


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Very nice trip report. Thank you for posting. I like to see the different styles of campers, real interesting. Looked like a good time by all.
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Thanks for the trip report. Very interesting. I used to own a 11.5 foot 1996 shadow cruiser. Very well built. Happy Trails.

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That's an impressive array of campers. Not something you'd see here in the States.
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