Circumnavigating Africa in Army Truck

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Circumnavigating Africa in Army Truck

Post by egjeg » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:27 am

I've never wanted to do this before, but I do after looking at this person's album.
https://imgur.com/gallery/bSOKf

I quit my job, bought an army truck, and spent 19 months circumnavigating Africa
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This is how we got her from the horsebox company. Freshly painted (very blue!), clean and sparkly. That wasn't to last very long!

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Fantasia is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in the Maghreb performed during cultural festivals. We were just driving past and saw all of this going on and had to stop to have a look

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Our truck weighed over 10 tonnes fully laden, and whilst driving through some marshland just before we got to Senegal we broke through the hard crust into boggy clay below.

We were very lucky to be just ahead of the Amsterdam Dakar Rally, and they helped pull us out. It took about 4 hours of digging, and 3 trucks to get us out - 2 pulling forwards, 1 sideways to make sure we didn't topple over!
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Post by rider5 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:45 pm

I see similar units roll through Tucson a couple of times of year. Almost always with foreign plates. Coming from or heading for Mexico I assume as they would be overkill for touring the US.

It looks fun. I'd want a solid PTO winch. It looks like there might be a winch of some kind on the front of the truck.

On a somewhat related note I am starting to notice people using a semi tractor to pull gigantic 5th wheel travel trailers around the Rockies.

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Post by Stan In Maryland » Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:56 pm

Thanks for posting. What an adventure.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:14 pm

A truck I was on got stuck just like that crossing the lake bed of Lake Chad. The surface had a hard crust, but was soft mud underneath. They should have stayed on the track, but my guess is they were forced off the track by having to pass an oncoming vehicle.

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Post by dBrother » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:25 pm

rider5 wrote:I see similar units roll through Tucson a couple of times of year. Almost always with foreign plates. Coming from or heading for Mexico I assume as they would be overkill for touring the US.

It looks fun. I'd want a solid PTO winch. It looks like there might be a winch of some kind on the front of the truck.
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best buy i ever got was a thomas PTO winch for $500, it was literally about to be sent off in a sea container full of 60 series landcruiser front ends to the USA when i found it.
good as new and as such would be closer to $4K
(apparently youse only ever had 4 cylinder 60 series landcruisers for some reason, and the aussie 6 cylinder ones are in demand there..)
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Re: Circumnavigating Africa in Army Truck

Post by Nines » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:24 pm

Very cool link. Thanks for posting it. The guy spared no expense but I wonder if you really need that heavy duty of a vehicle.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:08 am

rider5 wrote:I'd want a solid PTO winch. It looks like there might be a winch of some kind on the front of the truck


Half the time there's nothing to attach your winch cable to. And in the Sahara, that would be about 99% of the time.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:20 am

rider5 wrote:I see similar units roll through Tucson a couple of times of year. Almost always with foreign plates. Coming from or heading for Mexico I assume as they would be overkill for touring the US.

They pass through here too heading to/from Alaska I suppose always German or Czech or Dutch plates-a real squarehead adventure.

rider5 wrote:On a somewhat related note I am starting to notice people using a semi tractor to pull gigantic 5th wheel travel trailers around the Rockies.

Seem then from time to time on the coast too-totally out of place.
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Post by rider5 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:36 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
rider5 wrote:I'd want a solid PTO winch. It looks like there might be a winch of some kind on the front of the truck


Half the time there's nothing to attach your winch cable to. And in the Sahara, that would be about 99% of the time.


Look up deadman anchor, greenhorn.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:04 pm

rider5 wrote:
Steve_in_Exile wrote:
rider5 wrote:I'd want a solid PTO winch. It looks like there might be a winch of some kind on the front of the truck


Half the time there's nothing to attach your winch cable to. And in the Sahara, that would be about 99% of the time.


Look up deadman anchor, greenhorn.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

rider5 wrote:greenhorn

So how many times have you crossed the Sahara, Rider? :lol:

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Post by Bill Barilko » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:59 am

Driving through Stanley Park into the city today I happened on another beige squarehead vehicle-sure as shit NE plates and looking like it was fit for a pan-African adventure instead of cruising the cafes & sushi bars of Vancouver.
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Post by Flora » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:40 pm

My godparents did this in the 70s and 80s. Carol was engaged to some bloke, was out driving one day and broke down - the Zimbabwean AA man who came to fix her car was called Ben. She ended up marrying Ben. They thought they wanted kids, but had a false alarm and realised that they really didn't want kids at all. Instead they bought an ex army truck, kitted it out and drove it to Kenya from the UK with a couple of friends who paid for the privilege. They then did it quite a lot more times - same sort of trip - buy truck in UK, kit it out, sell 'seats', drive it to Nairobi or S Africa. They have amazing stories. They sold their company in the late 80s to what became Guerba, and is now Intrepid.

They are still doing random shit like this now in their 70s. They are ace.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:31 pm

Flora, do you know the name of their company before they sold to Guerba? I have a sneaking suspicion I may have hitched a ride with them.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:30 pm

The truck I hitched a ride with was a yellow Bedford truck and the gal driving it was blond, though can't remember her name. I think the word "Africa" was part of their company name. I guess there were several small overland tour companies operating in Africa at that time, so might not have been them. That was 1985.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:55 pm

Namibia and RSA are crawling with the big overland trucks full of gep yah types. Looks like fun as long as the group is cohesive.

I fancy a smaller vehicle and an extended tour of Europe.
Maybe one day.
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