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Lynn
08-28-2008, 11:56 PM
Old:

http://www.xor.org.uk/unimog/mymog/graphics/dcp_0520.jpg

New:

http://www.xor.org.uk/campervan/graphics/r0012779.jpg

Thought those of you familiar with his (http://www.xor.org.uk/index.html)travels might want to celebrate with him.

Color me jealous :)

Carlyle
08-29-2008, 12:07 AM
Wow, that is cool!

haven
08-29-2008, 12:11 AM
Cool find! Here's the direct link to Stephen's camper page

http://www.xor.org.uk/campervan/index.html

Interesting large window opening. Anyone know the
manufacturer of the camper?

Chip Haven

Lynn
08-29-2008, 12:22 AM
Interesting large window opening. Anyone know the
manufacturer of the camper?


Those window openings are a trademark of Bimobil (http://www.bimobil.com/english/00_uebersichten/start.htm).

Actually, on Mr. Stewart's Iceland trip report (http://www.xor.org.uk/travel/iceland2008/index.html) (shakedown trip for the new rig), he mentions that the new rig is a Bimobil Ex480 (http://www.bimobil.com/english/modelleexpedition/expeditionsfahrzeug.htm#)

Can't believe I actually answered a question raised by the great Chip Haven (http://expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13051). :) :)

Rallyroo
08-29-2008, 12:26 AM
drool!! :drool:

Overland Hadley
08-29-2008, 12:30 AM
Wow, that is cool!

x2!

Lynn
08-29-2008, 12:37 AM
Now that I've got your attention :)

J/K, but I do want to point out his web page giving advice on Choosing an Overland Campervan (http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/equipment/choosevan.htm), since it's not linked from his home pages, and should be required reading, IMHO.

What, no kudos on my word play? MAN, what a tough crowd!

haven
08-29-2008, 12:59 AM
Here's the floorplan of the BiMobil EX480

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z241/expeditioncampers/BiMobilEX4801.jpg

Maybe Stephen wants to travel more often with a companion?

Lynn
08-29-2008, 01:07 AM
Interesting how Bimobil offset the pass-thru, I asssum so that the forward dinette/bed doesn't conflict with the pass-thru.

http://www.bimobil.com/english/modelleexpedition/diashow/innenausstattung/G_4.jpg

http://www.bimobil.com/english/modelleexpedition/diashow/grundrisse/G_1.jpg

Lynn
08-29-2008, 01:09 AM
Maybe Stephen wants to travel more often with a companion?

In the trip report he mentions his "new travel companion" several times.

Again, congratulations to Mr. Stewart. ;)

theMec
08-29-2008, 03:34 AM
Nice rig but if I was putting the money out for it, I'd want some big windows. Those windows are tiny. The hatch sort of makes up for it (last picture on this page - http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=263133#post263133 ) but when the weather is bad ....
Different strokes, I guess. Of course, I don't have the money to show him how to do the windows, right. :)

Lynn
08-29-2008, 04:39 PM
Nice rig but if I was putting the money out for it, I'd want some big windows.

I agree wholeheartedly with the desire for large windows, but in investigating this this class of vehicles, it seems that most owners want small windows up high on the rig to provide for better security.

Personally, I would probably get one of the vehicles that are designed such that they have a top section that raises and lowers, and covers the windows when down. That way you could have big windows AND good security.

However, I've never owned (nor likely to own) such a vehicle, so I can only speak of impressions I've picked up from internet info!

Zenslo
08-29-2008, 08:07 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the interest. I would have preferred to have got a Mercedes rather than a MAN but after 12 months of looking (and six trips to Germany from the UK) this one came up. Originally built by Bimobil for a German in 2005, and only driven for 25,000 km I bought it used in June 2008. It was just too good a bargain to miss.

I have added considerable extra removable kitchen work surface that partially blocks the hatch (it can still be used in an emergency). I have also added 2 x 200 watts of solar panel and in the next few weeks I will add a diesel heater to the existing gas (propane) one.

Several things I like about it:

It is Euro 3 an therefore does not have that much electronics (and unlike new Mercedes Euro 5 engines does not need AdBlue)

It also weighs well under 7500kg (lots of so called 7500kg German trucks actually weigh over 8000kg and you can not register them in the UK)

The hatch is great and more than makes up for the small windows. See http://www.xor.org.uk/travel/iceland2008/index.html where you can see several pictures of the hatch in use.

Alas although my test trip to Iceland was a great success from the vehicle point of view, I am again looking for a travel partner! See http://www.ultra.org.uk/

Stephen Stewart

Lynn
08-29-2008, 08:26 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the interest...

Stephen Stewart

Mr. Stewart,

Let me be the first to welcome you to the site. I have gained a lot of knowledge, (and lived several vicarious lives) through your site, and the Silk Route site. And I still have a lot of trips to 'take.'

Thank you for sharing your vast experiences via those sites. Any time you have to share your knowledge on this site will be greatly appreciated, as well.

Lynn

Joaquin Suave
08-29-2008, 09:02 PM
Mr. Stewert wrote:

I am again looking for a travel partner!

I'll trade you mine for your new truck.

ColinTheCop
08-29-2008, 09:06 PM
Saw that truck in Iceland, never saw anyone with it otherwise i'd have said 'Hello'.


Been following Stephens website for a while.

MB309basket
08-29-2008, 10:56 PM
Hi,

Alas although my test trip to Iceland was a great success from the vehicle point of view, I am again looking for a travel partner! See http://www.ultra.org.uk/

Stephen Stewart

Mr. Stewart,

A humble welcome to Expo Portal.

Having followed your travels on the web for a couple of years, I say you are one of my heroes.

Best of luck with your new rig. Best of luck with your new travel partner, too, when you find her. (I momentarily considered a sex change operation so I could apply, but decided that ... well ... uh ... your travels aren't *that* cool.)

Thank you for posting on this site. I look forward to reading more.

Esmi

Jeep Steve
08-30-2008, 03:31 AM
hope you enjoy the new rig..it looks great :wings:

olympiccop2002
08-30-2008, 06:08 AM
Wow! That thing is very nicely built! Best of luck with your future travels and search for a travel partner.

Bjorn

michaelvanpelt
08-30-2008, 10:27 PM
Hello Stephen
What a great looking truck. I hope this one takes you to as many wonderful places, as Mog did. But for those of you that do not know Stephen, go to his website it's a must read for those who enjoy expedition travel. I traveled with him as his companions for a few weeks in South America and found him to be extremely knowledgeable in the art of expedition travel. Good luck Stephen on all of your travels.

Michael Van Pelt:

egn
09-10-2008, 10:15 AM
Personally, I would probably get one of the vehicles that are designed such that they have a top section that raises and lowers, and covers the windows when down. That way you could have big windows AND good security.


Security may be only a concern when ordinary plastic type windows are used. A lot of newer expedition vehicles use now windows produced by http://www.kctechnik.de. This is security glass that is hard to break. And you can use additional foil to make it even harder.
http://www.naepflein.name/www.lkw-allrad.de/Bruchtest_KCTechnik_Fenster.3g2

It is much easier to cut a hole into the wall with a knive or an axe.

Most of this vehicles are used in summer and hot climates. Larger windows mean that more heat enters the cabin. To reduce this with our large windows we have an additional coating on the glass and we have no opening on the top.

As we also want to go to cold and dark places in winter we have decided to use larger windows.