Our Truck

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Everywhere he goes he is admired! It doesn’t matter whether we park outside a market, supermarket, bank or in an RV park, campground or National, State or Regional Park, there is a steady stream of people wanting to take his picture, ask what type of vehicle he is and whether he will “go anywhere”. Here is a picture of a note left on our windscreen one day.

This page lists the questions that we are asked every time we go anywhere – with answers!

What is it?
It is an RB44 Camper Conversion.

What is that then?
A Reynolds Boughton RB44 with a custom-built camper body.

What’s the spec’?
Reynolds Boughton RB44 Specification:
Our truck chassis/cab is a an RB44. Converted for the British Army by Reynolds Boughton, UK, it was based on a Renault Dodge 50.
The engine is a Perkins Phaser 110MT 4 litre Diesel.
It has a manual 5 speed gearbox and selectable high/low transfer gearbox.

How many horses?
The Perkins engine produces a mighty 110 horsepower. It will never be known as a fast getaway vehicle but it cruises at 60mph and gets us where we need to go quite easily.

Is it a camper?
Yes. Jon [a qualified engineer] built the custom-made camper body that is mounted on the chassis. We get a lot of comments on the quality of the finish of the truck as he took tremendous care with a lot of attention to detail. It is very well-made.
Inside there is a full size double bed with a proper sprung mattress that has a winding mechanism to take it up into the roof when not in use. There is enough headroom to sit up in bed for tea/coffee in the morning.

Underneath the bed is comfortable seating area and a table for dining, relaxing and working. There is enough room for 2 adults to stretch out comfortably, one either side of the table and room on the table for food or laptops etc. We even sat round this table with Sarah’s brother and her 12 year old nephew one day when they visited us at our campground. They brought supper to our camp one evening before we left the UK and there was just enough room for 4 to sit and eat it.

For cooking there is an oven with 3 burner hob, a small sink and draining sink, a compressor fridge and various drawers and cupboards and under seat lockers [currently housing our inflatable canoe and outside chairs among other things].
There is a large storage hatch above the cab.

Has it got heat, lights and water on board?
There is a propane powered air heater and water heater. The truck is very well insulated, cozy in the winter and cool in the summer.
It has LED lights throughout and even in some the cupboards when you open the doors.
We can plug into camp sites for electric if need be but we also run on solar when there is enough sun. Our leisure batteries charge through the solar panels and also when driving.
There are 2 water tanks – one inside [protected from the cold] and one outside underneath the chassis. They hold 85 litres and 90 litres.
A 60 litre grey water tank collects the waste water from the sink.
There is a large built in propane/LPG tank and also 2 additional propane bottle as backup.

I guess it will go anywhere, right?
Yes. It is permanent 4 wheel drive with a limited slip rear differential and locking central differential.

Is it heavy on gas?
If you are used to a car – yes. If you drive a truck – no.
It runs on diesel and has a top speed of 68mph or 110 kph. It cruises best at 55mph.
There are 2 fuel tanks of 145 litres and 90 litres giving a range of about 900 miles or 1450 km.

Current figures are approximately:
15 litres diesel = 100km
OR
1 litre diesel = 6.7km OR 4.2 miles
OR
1 US gallon = 26km OR 16 miles
OR
1 UK gallon = 30km OR 19 miles

Not too bad for a 5 tonne truck!

How did it get here?
We had it shipped into Halifax, Nova Scotia. We have driven from there to where we are now.

There was no option to ship it directly from the UK so we caught a car ferry from Harwich, UK, to the Hook of Holland, then drove to Antwerp, Belgium.

In Antwerp, the truck was eventually put on a ship called Atlantic Sail. The original ship was Atlantic Cartier. This was changed and then Atlantic Sail was delayed. The whole process took 28 days in total from delivery at the port in Antwerp to collection in Halifax. This should have been 17 days and the delay cost us dearly.
We arranged the shipping through Seabridge.
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