Blog

Sharing our thoughts, experiences and ideas

Loose bolts in Poland and friendly helpers

Posted 6 April 2020 by Vegard

Halfway into our journey through Poland, close to Opole, we suddenly felt a strange vibration in the truck. At first we couldn’t understand what it was, as it was only appearing if we drove above 50 km/h, and only when cornering. But after a stop along the highway we could see what was going on… […]

Read more ...
Unimog on top of a hill

The start of an adventure

Posted 23 March 2020 by Vegard

Header photo by Christopher Jaworski from Adventure Van The 8th of March was going to be the start of our adventure. After almost five years of converting the Unimog into a “go everywhere” camper, and two years of planning the actual trip, we were finally ready for the adventure of our lifetime. We had gotten […]

Read more ...

Building the camper box

Posted 28 January 2020 by Vegard

After some research we decided to make our camper box out of GRP sandwich panels. We searched the Internet and found that the ideal and most common thickness for such panels is between 50-70 millimeters. Most sandwich panels are made up by a relatively thin layer of fiber glass on both sides, with a closed-cell […]

Read more ...
sketch of the interior

Designing the interior layout

Posted 26 January 2020 by Ida

Designing the interior layout was a true puzzle. Trying to squeeze in as much as possible into such a tiny space was a frustrating task. With only 8.5 squaremeters available and with our ambitious list of functions we wanted to fit, it seemed almost impossible at first. As it was diffucult to get a real […]

Read more ...
Completed support frame during sandblasting

Constructing the support frame

Posted 22 January 2020 by Vegard

After deciding on the basic layout and size of the camper box it was time to tackle the process of actual building it. We made the support frame ourselves. Although there are companies out there offering complete kits for support frames, we just found them to be too pricey. After making a 3D design in […]

Read more ...
Early 3D CAD concept, camper box 2

Selecting the main features for the camper

Posted 19 January 2020 by Vegard

Early on in the project of building our own camper, there were a lot of decisions to be made. We had looked at several camper trucks and they were all very different with unique features. Nothing we found seemed to be exactly what we wanted. Our near ten years of shared traveling together as a […]

Read more ...

Repairing the chassis

Posted 15 January 2020 by Vegard

After having imported our Unimog from Germany started the hugh task of getting in the truck back into shape. The truck came with a Atlas crane, which was restored, removed and sold for a decent amount. Taking this into acount we consider the purchase a real bargain. After removing the crane and the old support […]

Read more ...

Purchasing the perfect Unimog

Posted 7 January 2020 by Ida

The decision was made – we going for a Unimog from the 435 seriers. Within the price range of 8,000 to 12,000 EUR, most trucks had a wheelbase of 3250 mm, but there were some rare ones with 3700 mm. All of them had the OM352 engine, but while the ex-army U1300L only had 130 […]

Read more ...
Unimog spashing through the water at a Danish beach

Choosing a suitable vehicle

Posted 5 January 2020 by Vegard

It is almost five years since be bought our Unimog. Before the purchase we had been looking for a suitable vehicle for overlanding for some time. At that time we had already been looking at other overland vechicles in magazines and online. Based on our previous travel experience we had some ideas about what we […]

Read more ...

How it all started

Posted 3 January 2020 by Ida

In May 2015 we bougth the Unimog truck in Germany and imported it to Norway. At that time we didn’t have any specific plans about where or when we wanted to travel, but we dreamed about making a big overland journey, and therefore started building the truck into an overland camper. We had, up until […]

Read more ...