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I want one !

There is a quite amazing report in the UK daily mail today about a "camper"

Just google "KiraVan daily mail"


You need deep, deep pockets !

Edit : I must point out, I don't buy the paper or read it. It was sent by a friend !
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I'm not sure that I want one but still an impressive piece of kit, thanks for posting.
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Inventor spends millions on RV to take his four year old around the world | Mail Online



Maybe he's on here? Need an assistant?
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A nice experiment in what can be done but if he`s serious about a RTW in that he needs an army of bodyguards to stop himself & daughter getting kidnapped.

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CrackPot?

I think that guy will find his Rig is nothing but a HUGE liability once out on the road ... a Royal PITA. Maintaining such a rig on the road is lots of work. Having travelled in Motor Homes some ... I can confirm this.

Met several sets of folks traveling in such rigs ... Germans in UniMog's, and Americans in HUGE motorhomes/travel buses. The Americans travel in "wagon trains", 30 - 40 rigs all in a row. One time they all stopped at a Pemex in Baja ... it took 6 hours for them all to fill up (these rigs hold around 100 us gallons ea) ... and they ran the station out of fuel! NICE! We talked our way in front of them and got the few liters we needed for our bikes. They were headed to a big camp ground ... where they would stay 3 weeks ... and mostly stay drunk ... then drive back to USA and Canada. To each his own I guess!

None I saw were set up like the Over The Top rig shown above. A well set up UniMog can cost around $250,000 usd and is quite capable off road. US made motor home or luxury Bus go for round $100,000 to $150,000 usd and can't even go a meter off road.

Ran into the UniMog German couple a few times in Mexico. They did not appear happy. Prisoners of the Rig, fearful, hated the Mexicans and afraid to leave the Rig and go exploring on foot ... and fearful to travel far off road without an escort.

They rarely ate meals outside the UniMog or explored towns and villages on foot. They were OK at big organized camp grounds set up for big motorhomes ... but many areas these facilities don't exist or few and far between. IMHO, not a good plan for travel. OK in Kansas or Nevada, not so much in Baja.

Parking the rig and getting through cities become a nightmare ... and a liability. People will hit you just because they know they can lie and get a BIG payday from the rich Gringos.
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You know, I was thinking exactly the same. Why do people think they need a house on wheels to have some adventure?

Some of the best trips away I've done have been solo, meeting new people on the way. Bigger numbers I've found cause apprehension in people and big rigs caused the green eyed monster. Envy.

Each to their own though, if they're happy let them get on with it. I wouldn't fancy the fuel bill though...lol

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I must say in all honesty I don't think I would if I could.

I've done the caravan thing around the UK when the kids were small. It was a PITA even then even if you take out the "kids" from the equation. It's not the same I know, but its a big "thing" to loaf around in and get from A-B

Since converting to a bike and a tent ( occasional hotel ) the sense of adventure is 100 times more. And I can't imagine going backwards, which to me it would be.

The wife and I camped in Croatia for a couple of days and our neighbours came in a huge truck thing ( see pic. ) It look impressive. They packed up and left 3hrs in front of us. Later that day we passed them on the road flat out going up hill at what seemed like a crawl.

I too thought of the fuel consumption as we breezed passed with the warm air and sun on or face down the coast road.

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This guy needs to tone it down, mask up the windows & lights then spray it in camo colors, give it a military look, it just stands out to much.

Or if he insist on keeping it "BRIGHT WHITE" add the letters UN in big black letters down the side & on his doors.

He would be doing himself a huge favour.



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I want one !

Sounds like he's never left home or at least traveled in the 'developing' world. Parking that thing in India would attract thousands of people. I couldn't think of anything worse.

What is the point of traveling the world and then shutting it out behind tons of metal and glass? Give me a 125, a tent and the budget it took to build that monster and I'll see you in 15 years!


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This guy needs to tone it down, mask up the windows & lights then spray it in camo colors, give it a military look, it just stands out to much.

Or if he insist on keeping it "BRIGHT WHITE" add the letters UN in big black letters down the side & on his doors.

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going for a military look is a really really bad idea in many countries.

looks a bit like what hundreds of gap year students do every year, travel the world to meet new people, and spend all the time mixing with the same people you mixed with back home!!
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going for a military look is a really really bad idea in many countries.

looks a bit like what hundreds of gap year students do every year, travel the world to meet new people, and spend all the time mixing with the same people you mixed with back home!!
I agree. Better to go with blue & white UN theme or ... paint a big Red Cross on the side My bike is partly Camo ... raises a few eyebrows at check points ... no real issues so far. But if your UNI MOG rig looks like an APC ... who knows, they might "hara fuego" on ya! Mostly they just want to come into the Air Con lujo to see how the Plaza Alta live.

The Gringo trail in Latin America is littered with Euro trash student backpackers out to party. Can't blame them, their not really there for the culture ... but Sex and Parties. (I did the same at their age)
Mazatlan, Mexico is a big "Spring Break" scene (an American thing), going on now. Probably 10,000 kids there ATM. Quite the party.
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I think the guy needs a reality check. Apart really not needing something that size, driven trailers are notoriously problematic. the complexity of the thing will be a nightmare and in a serious off road environment will be unlikely to survive, and if he's not taking it into that environment then he doesn't need a mog anyways. Then, as above, there is the fact he might as well drive a rig with 'mug me or kidnap me to make some serious wonga'writ large down both sides, a bit like those cars you see driving around sometimes offering 'untold riches, ring this number or visit this website'

There are any number of stupid, ill thought out and ridiculous tings about this truck, from the 50000lbs winch, that would probably just rip your truck to bits, at the front to the hydrostatic drive at the back the whole thing is the flight of fancy of someone with too much time on their hands and no knowledge or experience of what they are doing.

personally, if I had unlimited funds and wanted to travel the world I would buy an old beat up truck and spend the money on a full mechanical restoration and making it a home from home inside, but keep the outside looking like a sack of shit!
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