Jim the Truck - a mercedes 1823

Glad to see High Cup Nick 😀
Not many people discover it and I think it is one of the most awesome places in this part of the world?
Always reminds me a bit of Iceland.

Enjoy your travels, I' m just about to leave the Lakes behind for Dumfries and Galloway for some peace and quiet!

Cheers

James
 
The trip is finished and we're back in London again. I'll try to get a few more small repairs done on Jim before the summer ends completely, but no plans for more trips this year. I've not booked a place at AO show this year, but if we're free that weekend I might head over.

I've put a new post up about our Journey to Skye:

https://jimthetruck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/narrow-roads-and-lots-of-rain.html

Whilst I am grateful that Scotland has built tarmac roads leading right out into the wilderness, I covered distance much more quickly on the graveled forest roads covering most of North America. Scotlands roads are extremely narrow, and the twists and undulations mean that it is impossible to cover ground quickly. Jim has a beam front axle, and whilst the suspension is great for a big truck, there is small amount of bump-steer to contend with. Most of the time it goes completely unnoticed, but many of the roads in the highlands are no wider than the track of the truck, and the constant roll and bounce on the roads, makes it difficult to keep all wheels on the tarmac at anything over 15-20mph.







 
Our driveway has never been the same since Jim left. Y'all come back, hear? :)
Would love to, and I've contemplated looking for employment in the US many time since leaving. The main thing which puts me off is the vacation allowance most companies offer. America is one of the greatest countries on the planet to travel and explore, but you can't see much of it with 10 days a year!
 
Are you back in London now Nick? If I may ask, where abouts in London are you based? Do you have any issues parking the wagon? We're having to move to accommodate the new on we're building. No drive way, but somewhere that has ample on street parking.
 

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Used to be a great country!

Would love to, and I've contemplated looking for employment in the US many time since leaving. The main thing which puts me off is the vacation allowance most companies offer. America is one of the greatest countries on the planet to travel and explore, but you can't see much of it with 10 days a year!
US labor practices, including pay and vacation time, are getting worse and worse. Any further comment would require adult beverages and get us banned. ;-(

 
Are you back in London now Nick? If I may ask, where abouts in London are you based? Do you have any issues parking the wagon? We're having to move to accommodate the new on we're building. No drive way, but somewhere that has ample on street parking.
Hi Anton,

Yes we're living in London again. We have a house in Tottenham, which fortunately came after the purchase of Jim. It took a while for the estate agents to realise that we were not talking about a Hilux sized vehicle when we said that we wanted parking for our truck. We ended up telling the estate agents that we would only consider houses with parking beside the house, or road access to the rear. They showed us a lot of houses with narrow alleyways to small rear garages, and many of the houses had enough space but insufficient area to manoeuvre the truck into it.

It was a massive struggle finding a place with space to accommodate a large truck, but we eventually landed on our feet and found somewhere with road access to the back garden. We just replaced the rear fence with a gate and put some gravel down. Jim occupies about half of our back garden, but it's preferable to having a front drive, as he would no doubt attract a lot more attention.

There are not many areas in London where we could have parked Jim on the street without it blocking the road or being major source of complaints. At any rate, most local authorities with parking permit schemes will not allow you to register anything bigger than a small 3.5t van for a permit, and unrestricted parking is becoming harder to find.



Getting onto my drive can be a struggle depending on where people have parked on the street.
 
We found the same problem when looking for a house in Melbourne, eventually found a house where we could park the truck next to the house. Having an truck does make things difficult some time :)
 
So very true! We are in the very process of building a house on a piece of property we bought. A big part of the decision to go in this direction was parking for our truck.
 
I've uploaded a final blog post on our trip

http://jimthetruck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/lochs-beinns-and-heading-south.html

I wish we'd had longer to spend on this trip, there is a lot to see in the highlands, and we didn't even touch on the Cairngorms or the east of Scotland.

The highlight of the trip for me was the Loch Torridon area. It is quiet and beautiful in a classically Scottish way, and view from Beinn Alligin over the loch and beyond was mesmerising.











Jim did great. We now have to work out what modification are required to cope with an additional family member as we have a kid due in January. The front doors are more of escape hatch than an easy way of getting in and out due to the modifications Jim got in his life as a cash-in-transit truck. There is therefore no easy way to fit an additional seat in the front as we need to be able to climb in and out of the cab between the seats into the back. We have a side facing belted seat in the back, so it may be that we fit the child seat to the passenger seat in the cab, and Naomi sits in the back. I've no idea how a child seat will work with the air seat in the cab, but I can dump the air out and have it sat on the base if necessary.
 
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