Absolutely everyone can only dream of taking to the roads and by no means coming back house. But a single 24-year-old went a step additional and brought his with him. Meet Tom Duckworth, a vehicle restorer and builder from Bath who explores the lengths of the British coast in his off-grid residence attached to the back of a Bedford MJ Army Truck.
With rain collectors that fill a huge water tank and solar panels to energy his fridge and cooker the Brit explorer has all the things he wants to reside a comfy nomad life. While a lot of merely reside in their campervans when they make trips, the former student has been living in his for the previous two years.
“My day to day routine begins with sticking the kettle for a coffee, wind the bed up to the roof which is on a pulley technique, and verify all the things is nonetheless operating ok. When I’m moving, all I have to do is make confident all the things is tied down with latches and clips which I’ve installed myself.”
Tom very first has the concept while he was a student in Leeds. Fortunately, he had just adequate cash from a refunded residence deposit to buy his £4000 dream truck on eBay.
“My parents believed I was a bit weird. I had spoken about creating it for a year and when I lastly had the cash I told my mum about it who merely replied “‘go for it, otherwise you will not shut up about it!’ It price me just beneath £15,000 in total to make and obtain the lorry. The majority of that went on the solar electrical technique.”
With Tom’s permanent house becoming completely mobile he normally requires it on trips across the UK. His very first and most daunting trip was a 10-day exhibition across Wales that covered more than 600 miles of Welsh coastline. The road trip started in Port Talbot just before exploring Harlech Castle, Barmouth town, Aberystwyth, just before lastly settling in Rest Bay, Porthcawl exactly where the climate was type adequate for his favourite pastime, surfing.
The van life enthusiast also went on a 3-week tour of Scotland in April 2019. This time, Tom did not surf but alternatively visited Edinburgh, Glasgow, most of the highlands, and the lovely Isle of Skye. Right after a extended day of travelling, Tom can normally be located sat on his beer terrace with his custom beer pump either obtaining meals or playing his guitar. It was on this trip that the lorry got his name Genghis.
“I met a dog in Scotland who was climbing all of the 282 Scottish mountains with his owner and believed that would be a fantastic name for the residence!”
Even though the planet is Tom’s oyster, he plans on going to Portugal sometime this winter. When he has explored the majority of its coastline, he plans on going to Morocco for a couple of a lot more weeks.
If you would like to comply with Tom’s journeys, you can comply with his Instagram or comply with his weblog right here.
Words by Kyle Farrell