Truck: 1986 Unimog 4×4 Motorhome
Price: $39,000 USD
Location: Foz de Iguazu, Brazil
Email: evanhenshaw at gmail.com
Want an overland vehicle which can go anywhere? Climb mountains, cross the jungle, take you to the ends of the earth? The moglander, a unimog U1300L camper is it. This truck’s crossed the steps of Asia, the desert of Morocco, the Andes from Patagonia to Colombia, and even the Amazon.
The truck’s a 1986 Mercedes Benz Unimog U1300L with a custom built camper for overland travel. It’s registered in Ireland, which allows easy transferring of ownership registration, and physically located near Foz de Iguazu, the border between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. Perfect place to kick off an epic south american adventure. Because of it’s age, it can be imported to the US or Canada!
It features everything you need. Sleeps up to 6 people, with a full kitchen, fridge, freezer, water tank with 330 liters of water. Everything you need for long trips beyond civilization.
The U1300L truck has incredibly high clearance and differential locking 4 wheel drive. This means you can go over almost anything without a sweat. Up and down 45 degree slopes, across sand and mud. Through up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) of water without a problem. The engine is a standard Mercedes Benz UM352 and engine parts are readily accessible. What’s more it runs well on a broad range of diesel fuel qualities you’ll find around the world. It’ll go down paved roads and highways but it’s meant to get you out in the wilderness beyond where most people can explore.
The truck is 3.5 meters high, 2.5 wide, and a surprisingly short 6.5 meters in length. It’s got an amazing turning ratio which means it’s possible to get down tight village streets. The box is GRP faced ply with a steel box section internal frame and is insulated with 75mm of kingspan. The windows are double glazed and there are 2 marine roof hatches (600x600mm) allowing roof access, all these have integral blackout blinds. It can be accessed via a side door or through the cab via a door behind the drivers seat.
1986 Unimog U1300L
5.7L diesel UM 352 Mercedes Benz Engine
8 Forward Gears
4 Reverse Gears
2wd, 4wd, and 4wd differential locks while driving
Approx. 140,000km (85,000 miles)
Converted in to a camper in 2008
1200km Range per fillup
Ability to ford rivers up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) deep
Ability to go up and down 45 degree slopes
Tremendous ground clearance
Heavy Duty Front Mounted winch
Off road recovery gear (Land anchor, shackles, strops)
7.5 Ton electric winch with nylon braided cable.
Cab seating for 3 adults
Pass through door between the cabin and camper.
Over cab space accessible from the camper which can be used as sleeping area or storage
House electrical system with solar panels, truck charging, inverter, shore power hookup.
1800 watt inverter
2 130 watt solar panels mounted on the roof.
12 volt DC and 220 volt AC power outlets through out the truck.
Dining room table which converts in to an extra bed.
Silverware, Dishes, & Cooking utensils
4 burner stove and oven
Kitchen sink with water filter
Outdoor kitchen setup
12 v Fridge with 60 liter capacity.
Shower with hot water
5kw Eberspacher diesel water heater
33 liter hot water tank
330 liter fresh water tank
7 outside storage compartments for tools and gear.
Medical supplies in case anything comes up
2 roof hatches to allow access to the roof.
310 liters of fuel capacity (Tanks of 140 l and 110 l plus 3 jerry cans)
Full bed for 2 people in back with reading lines, personal storage area, and library shelf.
Full closet for clothing and storage near the bed.
Great stereo system with a big amplifier and speakers outside, in the cab, and the camper.
Parts for a full replacement of a hubs should there be a problem.
The hubs were recently checked and reassembled and mounted by authorized Mercedes Benz truck shops.
Front springs were recently replaced with heavy duty springs from Atkinson Vos.
There’s tons about the truck and it’s adventures at wwwmoglander.com. During a trip across brazil we had a few problems with the truck which have been resolved but i wanted to point out for full disclosure. Mostly they were due to me not being a mechanic. You can read the thread on www benzworld org /forums/unimog/2130913-need-help-hub-keeps-failing-stuck.html benzworld if you want to know the details.