Stuart and Charlotte were no strangers to tiny house life when they bought an old military truck and decided to transform it into an off-roading home. They had already spent a couple of years living vanlife, but wanted a rig that could take them anywhere.
They spent much of the 2020 lockdown finishing their build and have been chasing good weather and beautiful sights ever since! Read their story and enjoy the photo tour below.
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Their DIY Overlander Built From Old Military Vehicle
My partner, Stuart, and I live in a 30-year-old, 10tonne, ex-military lorry which we converted from a flatbed truck into our tiny home on wheels. Having already spent a couple of years living in vans and an old race truck we decided to move on to something with a bit more off-road capability.
In early 2020 we bought our truck just before the world ground to a halt. We used the following few months to plan out our new build and in September we began.
With Stuart’s engineering and mechanical background we were able to build the whole thing from scratch – creating a metal frame and sheeting it to create our habitation box before insulating and kitting out the inside.
9 months later our home, Dinky, was ready to move in to!
We have everything we would ever need in our truck – including a decent shower, full cooker (with an oven that even gets used for baking cakes), and even a small, top loading washing machine!
After a few more months of our regular 9-5 jobs we left the Orkney Islands and set off on our first Overland adventure – 3 months hiding from the worst of the UK weather while we toured through Spain.
Our general pattern now is to work for half the year and spend the winter months touring through Europe and beyond. This year we spent the summer working on the Shetland Islands.
Next year we intend to spend our work season moving around helping people with their own overland builds, or anything else that comes up.
We’ve been full-time for almost four years now and find the lifestyle suits us perfectly and gives us the chance to move at our own pace and explore the roads less travelled.
More to Their Story:
This winter we are setting off to Italy to spend three months exploring, with a bit of time out in Albania to extend our trip beyond our 3-month Schengen limitations.
In the future we hope to take our truck across to Mongolia, and ship it out to South America for more extended trips, but for now we’re happy to get away for the worst of the winter months before coming back to work and save up again.
For work we’re hoping to be able to help people build their own Overland trucks, or carry out whole builds so sharing our own truck as a sort of mobile CV is a great way of showing people what they could have, for waaay less than what you might expect.
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- Website: www.orkneyoverlanders.com/
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