Three friends and two overland trucks; Gary, Tina and Matt, all from South of England worked together for a satellite company. After dreaming and talking about world travel and overlanding for the last 18 years, they have finally set off. In the beginning of 2015 the three friends finally had enough, there had to be more to life than working in an office. It was time put plans into action and start living. Escaping the menonity of the 9-5, sitting in traffic and paying bills. Initially they talked about getting a yacht and sailing around the world. Then in July of 2015 after a trip to India they decided to go overland instead.
Two years after the arrival of their two 10 ton British Army Layland D.A.F. trucks, they have finally departed the UK, heading East to Mongolia! They expect to be on the road for 18 months before heading back to the UK to visit family and friends, service their trucks and head for Africa for a two year overland trip.
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/just-escape
Vehicle: Layland DAF
Fuel Capacity : 400 liters / 106 gallons providing approximate range of 1,840 miles
Water Capacity - Puddles: 425 liters / 112 gallons with a four stage water purification system
Water Capacity - Matilda: 375 liters / 99.1 gallons with a four stage water purification system
Washing: On board washing machine in both trucks
Shower: On board shower and toilet on both trucks
Heater: 2 diesel heaters along with the truck engines pumping hot water. Complemented with a Webasto Air Top diesel air heater
Refrigerator Matilda: Marine grade fridge freezer
Refrigerator Puddles: uses a domestic freezer with a thermostat modification to run at refrigerator temps
Stove / Cooktop: standard domestic gas cooktop from Ikea
Top Pieces of Gear: Garmin inReach Explorer
Gear Removed: Kayaks, Diving and Climbing gear
Favorite Travel Destinations: Gobi in Mongolia and Eastern Russia, meeting new people and experiencing the remote wilderness.
Favorite Recipes: looking forward to local fresh produce plus base spices they carry
Navigation: MapsMe and paper maps
Communication: CB Radio, Cell phone and a Garmin inReach
Best Tips: Go to the Adventure Overland Show (UK). If you will be taking the Silk route in Central Asia visit https://caravanistan.com/
As off 26 July 2018 you are not allowed to temporarily import more than one vehicle in your name. For example. If you have an overland truck carrying a motorcycle, both registered in your name you will not be allowed to import both. It's possible if you had a passenger you may get away with it, but to be safe have the motorcycle registered to your passengers name if possible. As I travel alone this was not possible. The only way around it is to pay a tax, which you will get back when leaving the customs union. Doing this took me 4 days and cost me £900. £800 on the tax and £100 on fees and in the 200km of diesel I burnt trying to sort it out. Matt