Some of the challenges we (I) need to address is the range on a tank of petrol. My standard tank is 6.5 gallons and if I get the best mpg possible I may just about squeeze 280 miles out of a tank but that assumes good roads and not that much weight for me to carry. If any of you reading this know Matt then you know I'm on a hiding to nothing there trying to reduce weight then.
Anyway even if I could get the most out of a tank and install a 9.5 gallon tank which is the biggest standard tank we can get I don't think we would have enough range for some of the countries where petrol stations are few and far between, so additional capacity is required. What's the problem, take jerry cans I hear you say, but have you any idea how awkward these things are? So, what's the solution you ask. A bloody great big tank I say. Where the hell are you going to put that you say. Ah ha! I say using a cunning plan I have worked out how to install a tank that will give me a range of around 1,100 miles at 30mpg. Bloody hell I hear you say how have you done that?
Well, given that there's only going to be Matt and Sarah the plan was always going to be to fold away the back seat and use my full capacity for carrying 'stuff'. And there is the solution. Put a tank where the back seat is and use that space for a sodding great big tank!
So, in order to install a large, very large, capacity tank whilst also having loads of storage for everything we (well Matt and Sarah) are going to need to take I (yes, I) have come up with this cunning design and so the Overland Traveller is born.
|Albert's overland interior|
|Petrol tank mock up fitted and size verified as OK|
I hope everyone has received an invite to our first fundraising event in January and that I'll see you all there. So put the 24th in you diaries now and be at the Coach House, Potton at 12 o'clock when all the fun starts. See you then