When the truck is aptly named “Manfred” (think Manny the Woolly Mammoth from the Ice Age movies) you know its size is going to be massive, complemented by a fun natured side. There’s no disappointment when it comes to learning about this Dutch family of four, who’ve decided living a life outside and exploring with their two young children was the better option than running a business and chasing professional careers.
In 2020 the full time exploration started, or at least that was the plan. Fleur and Mike had sold their home in the Netherlands, booked a flight to Canada, packed their bags and had Manfreds boat ride booked. Then; as we all know the world hit the brakes hard and fast in the spring of 2020, closing borders and changing travel plans for many adventure seekers. Searching for a Plan B, they loaded into their trusted Manfred and started exploring close to home in the Netherlands. As soon as boarders began to open back up they stretched Manfreds legs, overlanding further into Europe.
In this episode we talk about all the important details of a family overlanding. What the kids think of traveling full time, along with the scoop on their beautifully rugged Manfred.
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Vehicle: 1993 Mercedes SK 1722
Fuel Capacity: 500 liters
Approx. Range: 1,500 km - 1,700 km
Water Capacity: 50 liters
Water Filtration: Double Filter System + UV Light
Solar: 1,200 watts
Batteries: 4 Lithium batteries at 220 amps each
Fridge: 60 liters (approximate)
Heater: Webasto diesel heater
Favorite Meal: Boeuf Bourguignon (French stew)
Cell & Internet: Campground WiFi, area dependent SIM cards or buying added data
Shower & Toilet Setup: Interior wet shower and bath