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  1. The Summer of 2019 was spent back in British Columbia where the Mack now had a rear deck and awning. We were full-time living in the truck at this time and headed back to Arizona and Mexico when the weather changed. Heading as far South as Santispac before we became aware of Covid 19 and the forth-coming pandemic. We arrived back in Winnipeg at the end of March and have ben here ever since. We are waiting for a vaccination and given up on going anywhere soon. But it has given me time to post all this and i hope you enjoy the story so far. Stay safe, stay well, Happy Christmas and a better New
  2. From Texas, we headed West through New Mexico, into Arizona and down into Baja California. The roads were not that good in Mexico and diesel was expensive but beer and groceries were cheap. We spent about a month south of the border before going to Quartzsite, Az, for the big RV show where we met several other Class 8 Motor Home Conversions.
  3. November 2018 and it was time to go South in order to avoid the cold Canadian winter. Straight South from Winnipeg to the Gulf Coast of Texas and Magnolia Beach before a trip to the Alamo.
  4. To help with noise suppression in the cab, I fitted some Dynamat and carpets. Then it was off to British Columbia for the Summer and the first big trip.
  5. I retired from long haul truck driving in April 2018 and things started getting done a whole lot quicker. A roof rack with 300 watts of solar power. Four big deep cell house batteries and a 2000 watt inverter were added along with new seats and steering wheel.
  6. Finally in September 2017, it was finished enough for the first camping trip.
  7. Slowly it began to come together. Not fast enough for the neighbours who thought the truck would never move again from beside the house.
  8. Finally some warmer weather and I can get on with the outside storage boxes. Fresh water and waste water tanks installed plus a place for my tools.
  9. One year on. Another Winter. Slow progress continues but I get a fridge fitted and the interior starts coming together.
  10. Finally started construction, using as much of the stripped-out materials as possible. Including the Worlds largest knife and fork draw.
  11. I was still driving long-haul, so progress was slow. Stripping out the interior and cutting the stainless steel framing to give more space was first. With hindsight, I should have bought a plasma cutter as angle grinders didn't last very long cutting the stainless.
  12. The journey from Missouri to Winnipeg was an expensive adventure to say the least. The front nearside tire lost it's tread just north of Des Moines in a snowstorm on Interstate 35. Nobody would come out and fix it so the police made me get it it towed. Luckily, the tow company also did tires but wouldn't touch the split rims. In the end, I bought two new 22.5 tubeless tires and the rims to go with them. The tires were 15 years old. Eventually got home two days later and parked the truck down beside the house.
  13. It was Christmas 2015 when I bought 1989 R688 FC from the fire department at Princeton, Missouri. They had bought it from Lakeside Fire Department, near Syracuse, NY, in 2004. It had done 22,000 miles and had 460 hours registered on the generator.
  14. I've been thinking of the R-series Macks that i have seen on my travels. I used to live just down the road from this French haulier; he always had an assortment of American trucks. So i checked Google street images and he still has his Mack.
  15. Hi Les, welcome to Big Mack Trucks. Fellow Brit here; now living in Canada. Plenty of UK registered Macks on the When Mack Roamed Europe, Middle-East thread. I'm sure you will recognize a few of them.
  16. The Trucknet UK Forum has a topic on Mack trucks with plenty of detail of the Macks on British roads. There is a road test done with a Mack for the British transport magazine "Truck." April 1978. A very favorable result and I thought it would only be a matter of time before we were all running around in Macks. Alas, that was not the case. http://www.trucknetuk.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=127603
  17. Rynart are still in business and Rinus Rynart still takes an active interest in the company. They have the contract to supply the armed forces in Afghanistan with fresh food and run fridges overland from Westrn Europe to Kabul. Most of their drivers are from Estonia and neighboring states and ,alas, the trucks are no longer Macks. Er-San had a big mixed fleet of Macks and Fiats. Their base was on the western outskirts of Istanbul, just a few hundred yards from the Londra Camp. Their workshops were very handy for any repairs needed for any make of truck. A most friendly and helpful place b
  18. Yes. I have been living in the truck for two years now; since I retired.
  19. That photo of the San Jose Mack at the Londra Camp brings back memories. That was a regular watering hole just outside Istanbul and every west European truck driver would pull in there on the way to the Middle East. I stopped there many times between 1983 to 1986 and there was always an Irani registered Mack F700 with trailer parked at the gate. The story was that the Iranian driver had stabbed an Iraqi driver to death in the restaurant while arguing about Sunni and Shia religion differences. Like all the truck stops on the Middle-East run; it had a bit of an edge to it.
  20. Just pulled the trigger on this Fire Rescue Truck and hope to do a discreet motorhome conversion on it.
  21. Sunset on the beach at Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.
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