Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > 4 wheels > 4WD Overland TRAVEL

4WD Overland TRAVEL NON-technical 4WD TRAVEL forum, for subjects specific to TRAVEL with FOUR wheeled vehicles.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Overlanders Handbook - everything you need to know, available NOW!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 8 Oct 2012
Moderated Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1
UK Tax and Insurance and fuel consumption for larger Overland truck

I am in the early stateg of planning a long overland trip to Australia from the UK and I am considering using a larger truck like a MAN 4x4 or something based on a Iveco Daily 4x4.

Does anyone know how much these larger trucks cost to Tax and insure and how much fuel they use for normal on road driving? they seem to fall into the commercial categories and I haven't been able to find out much info from searches.

I know several people on here have used larger trucks so any advice and info you have on them would be much appreciated.
Reply With Quote
Old 14 Oct 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: christchurch uk
Posts: 250
My Iveco Daily is registered as a motor caravan tax class private heavy goods £165 per year and it does 22 miles to the gallon or 12 litres per 100 Km in Euros.

Reply With Quote
Old 14 Oct 2012
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: On the road in South America
Posts: 256
Our unimog likes to guzzle about 25 litres of fuel for 100km, and insurance varies depending on where you are. Road tax (depending on your point of view) is zero, or for an Irish truck about €280 per year (very roughly).

google search for "Stephen Stuart silk route club" - He drives a Man, and is UK based. Also take a look here: The Africa Overland Network The Africa Overland Network and search for large truck.

And for Iveco based travel, http://www.philflanagan.com/

There is not loads of info out there, but there is some! Good luck with your search!

Reply With Quote
Old 16 Oct 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: wherever our vehicle is
Posts: 124

we have had a truck in South America for the last 3 years and for us this was the way to go as we were living in it full time. previous vehicle was a landy for asia.
most overlanders with toyota-landys type vehicles say to us that our truck is to big to get about in. but we went every where.
ours was 2.9m high which helped. most overland trucks are very tall and can stop you going into small villages due to low cables, so these trucks take a motorbike.

insurance was ony 150 pounds for us three years ago in the u.k but will be higher now. road tax was 195 pounds i think.

taking a vehicle into oz means cleaning-cleaning-cleaning,and shipping. have you thought of starting from oz and buying one there and doing the reverse trip

we averaged 18 ltrs per 100 km ( 7500kg truck) for the whole of our trip in South America and driving through Venezuela was a great bonus for cheap fuel, felt like being back in Iran.

we only drive at about 40 mph when travelling as we think you get to see more of the country you are in. we averaged 67 kms a day over our 3 years and will be looking to reduce this on our next trip

sometimes planning to much can take the fun out of it

safe travels
Reply With Quote
Old 16 Oct 2012
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Leicestershire,UK, or in my Iveco Daily 4x4
Posts: 461
Big trucks = big shipping bills and you will have to ship

Have a look at some of the aussie trucks - they are designed to be shipped and have hard lifting roofs. A home built fuso i saw recently could be dropped in an afternoon by taking out the centre of all the walls (i'll dig out the url,) they have driven from aussie and are going back next year

bigger = more fuel used, one of your biggest expenses, i get abouthe same as graeme in my Iveco, not alot different from a 4.2 cruiser or even a loaded defender

We drive a bigger truck as it allows me to manage my health but its still only 4.5 tonnes, do you need a big truck ?

Iveco Turbo Daily 4x4 40-10
Ex Owner LR101 300Tdi Ambi 'Tiggurr'
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 22:45.