The building of habitation box has been ever so slightly delayed due to Erik breaking his wrist while doing an overland trip down to Greece. The good thing about this is at least he did it having fun so not so bad.
We have had a crazy busy couple of months at work with CampervanCulture.com.. Like really busy, all of us have been feeling the burn… And just now can see the light at the end of the tunnel with all that, now we have got Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show behind us. CVC trades at those two shows every year and as well as giving us a much needed boost in income it also gives us the chance to meet face to face with you good folk and get to know you. Some of this years extra pennies we took at Busfest went on buying a new gearbox for the CVC Westy Syncro after the old one threw it’s toys out of the pram again on the trip over to Adventure Allrad in Germany a couple of months back. Just the weekend before last I headed down to Doug’s VW Werks were Doug and I swapped the gear box on his ramp one Saturday and changed the clutch set up.
The extra sales we took at The Adventure Overland Show will go to the final payment on The Managon habitation box so a massive thanks to all of you amazing people who are buying from us and making this happen.
Of all the hundreds of people we got to speak with at both Busfest and The Adventure Overland Show this year the most asked question was, “Hows The Managon Build Going?”. Well here is where things are at…
I wanted to do this update now as the pace of the build is about to gather some speed and momentum. The panels for the habitation box are due to be ready today and to be picked up tomorrow so here is an update of what has been going on in Managon land since the last update.
Subframe – As previously mentioned in the other updates a trucks chassis flexes and if you just bolted a box to it the box would just get torn apart. There are a few tried and tested ways of mounting the box so it will allow chassis flex and The Managon is having a subframe with spring mounts. It was all made a few weeks back and part of it was sent away to be moulded into the floor of the habitation box.
High Roof Over Cab – Remember back in the previous update that VW LT I chopped bits of the roof from in that scrap yard in Oxford? Well I worked some magic and got those bits all bonded together on top of a single cab roof chop I managed to get my hands on. This also gave me a chance to mess with a few colours and I am pretty sure I have now chose the final colour the truck is going to be. As soon as I know the distance the habitation box will be from the cab I can trim the back of the high roof I made to fit in with what is going on. Then I can decide if to do a full hight walk through or just choose a couple of storage options instead.
Interior Units – I really need to keep the weight down on this truck as much as possible to keep it under 7500KG. I have Granddad rights on my car licence so can drive a truck up to 7500KG, but the truck is good for over 9000KG so when driving in remote areas we can really load up on cargo to see us through. The interior will be made to be as light as possible. Made pretty much entirely of 3mm aluminium composite sat inside an aluminium square tube frame it will be super light. I built the kitchen unit just to get familiar with the materials while I had the spare time waiting for Erik’s wrist to heal.
All of the interior will be made using this system, I really like the utility look of it. I have been in a nice position with extra time on my hands to look for stuff over the last month or two so grabbed most of the primary and secondary back up heating systems as well as the hot water system from Ebay and get some knock out deals. This has saved a lot of money for sure!
Support Vehicle – Because The Managon is a big old slice, popping out down the shops or along to a local market may be a bit of a mission. It was always part of the plan to have a motorised bike of some kind. One Sunday morning I bid £430 on Ebay for a year old monkey bike and to my surprise won it! I named it ‘The Looser Cruiser’ but despite the name this little bike with fold down handle bars and knobbly tyres is a little gem and somewhat of a pocket rocket! Both lightweight and small I have plans to how this will fit into this project for some added extra freedom on trips to explore local areas. You can carry two people at a time and after burning around all week on this thing the whole family are totally smitten with it.
So that is it for just now. Fingers crossed there will be an update real soon with the habitation box on the truck and now there is a working gear box in the CVC Westy Syncro I can zoom over to Adventure Trucks HQ in NL to do some work on the less interesting areas so the registration can get underway over there to make the registration swap over happen this end.
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