Exclusive: Luxurious Globetrotting Volvo

Posted by on October 24, 2012

Gerhard has just returned from a two year extended vacation throughout the Americas in this wonderful Volvo off road camper. I spoke with him via email and he described his expedition.

We travelled for two years through Americas. Had started in Nova Scotia, went up to Newfoundland, crossed Canada up to Yukon and Northwest Territories and Alaska. Than we had headed south. Through finally we had spent one and a half years in South America before we extended our expedition to Antarctica. We had a beautiful trip and enjoyed it very much.

Back home, we need to work again. So we will sell our off road camper and we are sure that the new owner will have as much fun with the truck as we have had.

It sounds like an amazing adventure, and if you’re looking for one just like it, you can buy Gerhard’s Volvo for €315,000 ($409,122). The rig’s in Austria, here’s the listing on the mobile.de website.

Gerhard sent me quite a few photos and a very extensive list of features. Click through for the complete gallery and list of everything this amazing rig has to offer. Note that the list of features was sent to me in German, I’ve translated it with the help of Google and my extremely rusty college German. I guess I’m saying that if you’re in the market for a vehicle like this, you might want to confirm the features before you write a check.

(Click through for gallery and details.)

Major Features

  • 12-liter engine, 380 hp, fully automatic Powertronic 6-speed transmission, cruise control, ABS, VEB
  • Single tires, 4-wheel-drive with differential lock
  • Cab with complete equipment, air-sprung leather seats, climate control, additional space for sleeping and storage
  • Large 600 liter (158.5 gallon) fuel tank
  • All electric appliances, no gas, powerful Fischer Panda generator
  • White high gloss lacquered furniture, Alcantara seating, Miele kitchen appliances, Dornbracht fittings
  • 160 x 200 cm in double-bed and under-ventilated comfortable mattress, additional beds on the sofa and in the cab
  • Miele domestic cooker with induction, oven and microwave, electric grill and auxiliary electric hot plates for outdoor use
  • Dimmable internal lighting and Blaupunkt sound system
  • Radiators and underfloor heating
  • Remote-controlled air conditioning
  • Burglary and theft protection with security lock and alarm system
  • Rear garage for Smart car, quad, motorcycles, bicycles or boat
  • Camping equipment, table, various spare parts and tools

Technical Description

  • Volvo FM 12 4 x 4 Chassis
  • 4900 mm (193″) Wheelbase
  • 279kW (380 Hp) inline 6 cylinder Volvo diesel, conforming to Euro 3 emission regulations
  • Comfort Cabin cab with sleeper
  • Volvo Engine Brake (VEB) and ABS
  • Powertronic 6 – speed, automatic transmission
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Blaupunkt radio/CD sound system
  • Blaupunkt navigation system with DVD player (GPS) and rearview camera
  • Differential locks
  • Heated 600 liter (158.5 gallon) diesel tank
  • Thermostat controlled fuel filter heater
  • Electric engine heater 230 V / 1.5 kW
  • Single tires, 425/65 R 22.5 with 2 complete spare wheels
  • 2 cylinder air compressor 1080 l/min (38 cfm)
  • Air intake to jumpstart
  • Air-suspended, heated, ventilated leather seats with armrests
  • Climate control
  • Power windows
  • Cabin windows on rear passenger side
  • Driver’s airbag, belt tensioners on both sides
  • Skid plate for engine oil pan
  • Electro-hydraulic tilting cab
  • Full-air suspension of cab
  • Headlight washers
  • Roof rack with branch guards, storage box and crane for spare
  • Air horns on the cab roof
  • Outdoor lights left, right and rear
  • Four 70 watt auxiliary spotlights
  • CB radio
  • Externally accessible storage compartments for tools
  • Soundproof lockable door to the living structure

Construction

  • Stiff galvanized frame of the caravan body flexibly mounted to the chassis
  • Cargo Box consructed of aluminum-reinforced, 60 mm (2.4″) PU foam with fiberglass facings
  • Entrance door with a special break-in protection and security lock
  • Dual lockable security doors between cab and living structure
  • Rear garage with 1.5 ton capacity lift/loading platform for small cars, quads, motorcycles, bicycles, inflatable boats
  • Externally accessible generator compartment for Volvo starter batteries
  • External access compartment for gray water and black water tank
  • Externally accessible generator compartment for Fischer Panda generator
  • Compartment for sand ladders
  • Upward opening garage door
  • Electrically or manually extendable platform (garage floor) for Smart Car, quads, motorcycles etc.
  • Space for spare wheel/tire in the garage
  • Space for outboard motor for boat in the garage
  • Externally accessible controls for lift operation
  • Externally accessible generator compartment for batteries (power supply for living structure)
  • Externally accessible compartment for the diesel tank (Volvo, heater, generator) and various material

Rear garage (can be adapted as an additional bedroom)

  • Garage will hold Smart Car, quad, motorcycles, bicycles or boat with outboard motor
  • Hydraulic loading platform for easy loading and unloading of vehicles
  • Storage space for canisters, spare tires, etc.

Interior

  • Extremely quiet Fischer Panda water-cooled diesel charging generator 6 kW (12 kW peak power)
  • Two Victron Inverters, 3 KW each
  • Two Victron battery chargers for 90 to 265 Volt input voltage with a maximum charging current limit
  • Electric winch
  • Exide Batteries, 400 Ah (24V) – 12 x 2 volt single cells
  • Kissmann Compressor Refrigerator 160 liters + 55 liters Freezer
  • Wall-mounted Rhine porcelain toilet with extremely robust bronze diaphragm pump
  • Frost-heated  600 liter polyethylene fresh water tank
  • Frost-heated  150 liter polyethylene black water tank
  • Frost-heated  400 liter polyethylene gray water tank
  • 4 Lewmar yacht skylights
  • Fixtures and furniture with high quality joinery and bright white gloss varnish finish
  • Seating in Alcantara with down filling
  • Built-in kitchen Combi Oven MIELE H type MB 137, with microwave
  • Kitchen counters in granite-like “Getastone” with BLANCO sink
  • MIELE KM 418 induction cooktop
  • Dornbracht faucets in bathroom and kitchen
  • Eberspächer Hydronic hot water heating system with plate heat exchangers (20 KW) controllable for heating of the Volvo engine in addition to utilizing the waste heat of the Volvo engine to heat the living quarters, individually 8 radiators and separate control of underfloor heating
  • Flashing lights, controlled by Soren on approach
  • Electrically controlled valves for emptying septic tanks
  • Frostair 2300 air conditioner with special insulation and remote control
  • Schüco heat insulated aluminum windows and doors with laminated glazing
  • Yachtlights Xelogen interior lighting with halogen equipment and Resolux dimmable lights for cab
  • Control panel with battery computer, complete wiring installation (230V/24V/12V), tank level measurement (flow sensor and resistance sensors), specialty outlets and switch series for boats and vehicles
  • Anti-theft lock profiles with keyed alike locks and profile cylinders with safety caps
  • Double bed with comfortable mattress (160 x 200 cm)
  • High-quality sound system with subwoofer
  • Electrically retractable entry steps
  • Two built-in security safes
  • Walk-through cab
  • Large storage compartment under bed with 2,200 liter capacity, accessible from both outside and inside
  • Several fire extinguishers throughout the vehicle

Miscellaneous

  • High detailed documentation of the construction, including the equipment and facilities
  • 2 sand ladders
  • 2 complete spare wheels/tires

Sources: Gerhard Ludescher, mobile.de


One Response to Exclusive: Luxurious Globetrotting Volvo

  1. jacu west

    Does anybody know who built this Volvo truck?

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