October 17, 2017

Overland 4x4 Truck Camper - Mercedes Benz 1124 AF - FOR SALE

Mercedes Benz 1124f 4x4 

Overland Camper Truck

1995 - Right Hand Drive - 188,000km

After our 48,000km overland expedition across Europe and Africa 2010/11 my wife and I spent 5 years researching a larger overland platform so we could undertake extended travel in colder / off season latitudes and do so in comfort. Our research, led us to John and Betti who had just completed the Americas and North Africa in their trusty Mercedes Truck BURT (pictured).  It has the perfect layout, equipment and systems for extended travel, so we sold our Land Rover and acquired the truck in April 2017.
Mercedes Benz 1124f 4x4 - Exterior

Base Vehicle features

BURT is a former UK Police Response vehicle used by Avon and Somerset Police that was acquired and transformed into the vehicle you now see here in 2012.  Having been religiously maintained and serviced BURT is a pre-electronic Mercedes truck cab / chassis the type often used as the base vehicle for Fire Engines.  The engine is the legendary OM366 LA (common with Unimogs) that is good for 1,000,000 km, easy to access and service with Mercedes parts available around the world.
  • Mercedes Benz 1124 AF (1995)
  • 5958cc intercooled turbo diesel 
  • 240hp / 177kw OM366 LA engine
  • Length 7.20m, Width 2.40m, Height 3.60m
  • GVM: 12,000kg.  Actual weight: 8300kg on 3640 mm wheelbase 2 axles
  • Right Hand Drive power steering with 3 seat front cab configuration
  • Registered UK Private HGV Motor Caravan (UK Road Tax £165) 
  • MOT valid until 25 September 2018 
  • 5 speed manual gear box / high and low range (2x4 and 4x4)
  • Air activated rear axle diff lock and transfer case lock
  • Air breaks fitted with ABS
  • 2000w alternator also charges 4x house batteries
  • Tilting cantilever cab to access / service the engine
  • Anti-hijack immobiliser, fuel and electrical cut off switches
  • Anti smash coatings on all windows
  • Heated wing mirrors
Exterior features
  • 6x Michelin Tyres 385/65R 22.5 XZY3 (4 mains + 2 spares)
  • 6x specialist fabricated wheels by Aspect Wheels (11.75 x 22.5)
  • Overall fuel capacity: 500l (3 x tanks plus 4 x Jerry can holders)
  • 1x Large capacity Racor diesel filter/water separator
  • 1x Integral air compressor plus tyre inflator pipe and gauge
  • 1x Spare tyre winch for lifting / lowering spare wheels
  • 1x Hadley Air Horn (its loud and normally fitted to boats!)
  • 4x roof mounted HID spot lights
  • 2x Sand Ladders side mounted and modified for traction / grip
  • Upgraded Four point torsion free mount providing maximum flex
  • Cabin sandwich construction 75mm ply/insulation 
  • Roof painted with slip proof roof coating and bar protectors 
  • Smart aluminium windows with 3 position locking system
  • 2 x Lewmar 60 lockable marine roof hatches
  • Door and cargo hatch with secure 3 point latches and security keys
  • Over cab roof rack, storage box and protection bars
Electrical systems
  • 4x Odyssey Extreme batteries PC2250 = 500ah (1 yr old)
  • 4x 100w solar panels
  • Blue Sky MPPT solar controller with remote panel and trickle charger to starter
  • Antares Virtual Alternator / split charger and starter battery protection
  • Antares Universal charger, input 50/60hz 90 - 250v AC)
  • Antares 24v to 12v two channel converter
  • Nominal 24v to 24v converter
  • 24v DC and 12v DC circuit breaker switch panel
  • 12 / 24v DC outlets and 110 v / 240 v AC outlets throughout cabin
  • 1x Inverter (230v, 3000w AC) 1x Inverter (110v, 550w AC)
  • AC distributed via RCD/MCB to 110v and 240v sockets
  • Inverter / shore power switch with breakers
  • 50m Antares Artic shore cable with daisy-chain to 3rd party users
  • Panel mounted battery monitor main/aux batteries 
  • Carbon Monoxide sensor with read out / alarm (hard wired)
  • Multiple Interior LED lighting throughout
  • Weather unit with separate outdoor sensor
Main systems room / under bed storage area
Antares System and Isolators
  • Electricity is key to comfortable travel. In hot climates the fridge will draw a lot of power but it is imperative the beer stays cold.
  • Other electrical equipment: universal shore power charger, input switched neutral 50/60hz, 90 to 250vAC.
  • Two pure sine wave inverters, 3000w 230vAC Cotec, modified to ensure plates do not touch due to vehicle vibration and a 600w 110vAC.
  • Two channel 24v to 12v DC 40 amp converter. Runs the Webasto and lights. Also a nominal 24v to 24.4v converter. Takes the strain off any equipment that prefers below acceptance charge voltages.
  • The battery monitor reads off a 500 amp shunt and gives information on the interior and starter batteries with high and low alarms. Being an AmpHr counter you know the condition of the batteries far beyond the usual vague voltage reading of many battery level gauges.
  • Virtual Alternator/Split Charger system, giving the ability to start the vehicle from the interior batteries if the starter batteries fail.
  • The excellent Blue Sky 3024i and IPN remote keep the batteries in good condition and manage the solar flawlessly.
Electrical / control panel 
4x house battery bank 
Wet system features
  • 1x 500 liter water tank with 3 stage pre filters (grit, pre and drinking water filters)
  • Water Pump by Johnson rated at 40psi
  • Webasto Thermotop 5 kw diesel water heater 
  • 2 x fan heat exchangers / fans for piped hot air cabin heating
  • 22 litres hot water tank
  • 230v 800w Immersion heater (with mains option)
  • Waste tank 60 litres with 3” slide drain valve
Bathroom with separate shower
Bathroom / WC (left) with view to main cabin (right)

Interior / fit out features
  • Smev 4 burner gas stove with grill and oven
  • Fixed 85 litre LPG / gas tank for cooking with multiple filling adapters
  • Waeco 110 litre tropical compressor fridge / freezer
  • 1x 230v stainless steel Microwave Grill with low power controls
  • Babynova soba washing machine
  • Thetford 400 flushing cassette toilet with SOG (new cassette and seat not used) 
  • Separate 40 psi shower with folding door, teak shower floor and bathroom sink
  • Alfa wifi capture antenna, booster and router for interior private wifi signal
  • 2x Caframo Sirocco quiet fans 24v plus 1x Hella Turbo fan 12v
  • Bench seating for 4 people that converts to 110cm x 200cm comfortable 2nd bed
  • Main bed, 200cm x 140cm full double with pillow lockers and reading lights
  • Hydraulic height adjustable table 
  • Huge storage capacity / boxes / lockers / shoe cupboard / kitchen cupboards 
  • Double kitchen sink with hot / cold mixer and separate filtered water tap 
  • 2x soap dispensers
  • Oceanair fly screen/black out blinds on all side and roof windows
  • Document safe
  • There is no pass through to driver cab to maximise cabin space / storage
Interior - Main cabin / seating / kitchen / bed 
Interior - Main cabin view from double bed
Interior - Cooker / top cover up

Under counter / secured washing machine
Interior - Kitchen work tops / sink / cooker

Sale information

This vehicle would suit anyone who wants to take on extended, multi-year overland travel, with a high degree of comfort and autonomy, especially in latitudes where weather maybe a factor. 

Since acquisition in April 2017 we have had the vehicle serviced, passed our HGV test and had the MoT completed valid until 25th September 2018. The vehicle is located in the UK close to Derby in secure storage.  It needs very little in the way of preparation and is ready to go !   

In October this year a family member was diagnosed with a life changing medical condition and as a result we have changed our priorities and reluctantly decided to sell BURT.  It's been a very emotional and difficult decision to make as it took us 5 years to get this far, but like all overlanders you have to make pragmatic decisions and be realistic in such circumstances.

I would be happy to talk to interested buyers and show you around the vehicle.  The option to utilise the current secure storage space is also available.  

Please contact me directly using email or call direct.  Thanks - Nick.

Price £47,500

Call UK +44 (0) 7754 475 468

January 9, 2017

Land Rover Defender 110 300 TDi Overland Ready for Sale

#### NOW SOLD ####

 Hi folks, after a busy few years here in SA we are now selling Dassie our overland ready Land Rover Defender 110 300 TDi Hard Top.  We had a great trip across Europe & Africa in 2010/11 and have added many new things to the vehicle but we are now making a few life changes and starting a new challenge, so want to pass her onto a new owner for a new adventure.

The base vehicle is a 1997 Defender 100 300TDI Hard Top van with heavy duty Salisbury rear axle & R380 gear box.  It was a former Environment Agency vehicle and was well looked after.

She had all major works (including cab roll cage) performed by Foley Overland UK with some subsequent additions by Burnco of Cape Town.  On our trip she performed amazingly well and is in top class condition and been serviced regularly.

She is currently on an SA plate but we also have the original UK paperwork / plates, so import back to UK would be very easy as she is SORN with DVLA.

We enhanced the rear of the vehicle after the trip to serve as place to sit when cold / wet or needing some privacy and you can convert for emergency sleeping when in cities as the rear floor turns into a sleeping area in really bad weather. The new side windows give a real feeling of the space being with a cool breeze that makes the interior a nice place to sit.  A small fold out table is big enough to prep meals and use a laptop but small enough to pack away when needed.

The list of items / extras in the sale is long but all the items included are covered below for you to review.  See also main pics enclosed  ...........wife and dogs are not part of sale ;-)

Land Rover Defender 110 300 Tdi Hard Top 1997
UK and SA Registration paperwork & plates 339,000 km on clock
R380 gear box (recon after trip) and heavy duty Salisbury rear axle
Body works
Full chassis wax and seal treatment 
Warn bumper winch with remote control 9,500 lb test wire on spool
Expedition bumper, with winch fitment, 2 x D Shackle towing points 
Bull bar with light grill
Under body protection front diff guard
Full cab roll cage ½ internal ½ external
Safari Snorkel with dust cyclone
5x breather pipes (front / rear diff, transmission, engine)
Checker plate on bonnet, panels
Adjustable heavy duty tow bar
Rear step and running boards / sliders

Power / Lights / Electrics
Auxiliary deep charge battery with marine split charge system
Various int / external 12 V plus USB charging points
LED lights internal
Spot lights x 2 on the front 100w
Stereo with iPoD connector

Suspension / wheels
Enhanced rear shocks (Iron Man heavy duty springs)
2x extra rear shocks & custom bracket 
6x off road tyres with good tread
6" steel modular expedition wheels x 6
Locking wheel nut kit x5

Other Equipment 
Custom Aluminum roof box 
100 watt solar panel and charge system
Expedition roof rack(Brown Church)
Side awning with swing out arms (free standing)
Hi-lift jack and mount with dust bag
Rear door swing away mount for 1st spare wheel
20L Jerry can (Fuel) x 2 - this is emergency fuel
20L Jerry can (water) x 2 - back up water
Jerry can spout
Howling Moon Roof Tent (Star Gazer plus room and poles) as new
Aux  fuel tank (stainless) 40 l
Aux water tank (stainless) 40 l
Water purification system and shower (Brown Church)
40L Engel Fridge Freezer with basket, thermal cover, slider mount
Shower attachment
Mellville Moon Safari Seat Covers 100% heavy duty cotten
In-line secondary fuel sediment unit to capture diesel water / sludge
Water proof elec hook up and land cable

Recovery / Repair / Accessories
Waffle recovery / sand boards x2
Recovery kit (shackles, ropes various)
Tyre repair kit (punctures and patches)
Land rover tools
VIAIR 300P Portable Air Compressor with pressure gauge / deflator
Haynes Manual - Defender

Storage / Security 
Floor safe 
Fuel cut off / engine immobilizer
Rear windows / door window security grills
Cab / rear guard / separator
Lockable steal security cubby box with radio and cup holders 
2 x NATO side lockers for 2x Jerry cans each
Padlock hasps on all 3 doors
Lockable Aluminum side windows

This overland ready Land Rover is located in Cape Town South Africa and would suit the following kind of buyer;

1) A couple seeking a fly-in / drive off 4x4 to take on Africa / world (with return to UK)
2) Someone wanting a fly-in, travel and then store a vehicle (we have local SA options we can share) 
3) Couple seeking a "go anywhere" bush basher for local trips in SA / Southern Africa

#### NOW SOLD ####

Nick and Vick
Stonehenge to Cape Town 2010/11
48,361km in 366 days