Nulla’s New Camper, Design & Fabrication by Adventure Trucks in Slovenia
In September 2019, we stored Nulla in Faro, Portugal, for what we thought would be for a few months. We planned to spend the holidays at home and return to Portugal to continue traveling overland. As everyone knows the Covid-19 pandemic made that impossible as countries closed borders around the world. While we wait for borders to reopen we decided to retrofit Nulla with a new camper designed and fabricated by Adventure Trucks in Slovenia. The goal of the retrofit is to lighten the camper and upgrade many features.
July 7, 2021, Nulla left Faro, Portugal for Slovenia
July 7, 2021, Nulla left Faro, Portugal, on the back of a flatbed truck for Slovenia. After 21 days, Nulla arrived on July 28 at Adventure Trucks. The transport took over two weeks because Nulla waited in Lisbon for other vehicles to be moved on the truck. While slow the transport went smoothly and Nulla arrived safely. We are excited and hope you will join us in watching Nulla’s retrofit at Adventure Trucks. https://instagram.com/adventuretruckslovenia?utm_medium=copy_link
The goal of the retrofit is to make Nulla lighter and update the camper equipment. In 2007, when we first started to build the camper, Nulla weighed 6,500 pounds (2,948kg). On July 28, 2021, when Nulla was weighed by Adventure Trucks, it was 9,920lb (4,500kg). See picture above. Nulla has gain a lot of weight over the years. We would like Nulla to weigh close to 7,500lb (3,400kg). This will include changing the camper box to fiberglass composite and removing many items we added over the years. The equipment update will include a diesel powered water heater and camper heater (we will keep the current diesel powered stove), a 40 gallon water tank, shower and cassette toilet, air conditioner, swivel driver and passenger seats, table and bench seats, outside kitchen, onshore water and electrical connection, and much more. We will also do some mechanical upgrades like installing a fan on the intercooler, rebuilding the radiator or replacing it with an aluminum radiator, suspension, etc. We are excited to start Nulla’s 2021 rebuild.
August 19, 2021, Old Camper Removed, Adventure Trucks, Slovenia
The first step of the retrofit was removal of Nulla’s existing camper. The camper box was designed and built at home in our driveway with a lot of help from folks on IH8Mud Forum, family, and friends. Adventure Trucks detached the camper by unbolting and lifting it. After so many years and memories of working on the camper it is a bit shocking to see Nulla without her camper. Now the new camper build begins!