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Making an experienced lady look brand new…

We are lucky here – we have a team of dedicated drivers who care for their trucks like they are their best friend. Overseen by Mark, our Fleet and Operations Director, the trucks purr away and carry our happy travellers on adventures of a lifetime. This year we are running two trips down through West Africa, and so it was time to give one of our trucks M745 an overhaul in preparation! She has driven the African continent North to South several times, repeatedly traversed the Middle East in times of peace and conflict, and followed the whole of the Silk Road from Istanbul to China. There is not much she hasn’t seen on the road – from love affairs to film crews, she has seen it all. Of course we all need to put on a new set of clothes and smarten ourselves up from time to time, and a truck is no different in many ways. So after so many troublesome roads across the world, it is time to show ‘our girl’ a bit of TLC. Mark has driven the truck in to the workshop and is currently completing a full mechanical check of the vehicle in preparation of the Trans Africa (London to Cape Town) and her next adventure in November this year.

Painting, polishing and sticker-ing…all in the name of an over haul!

Mark says “it’s unbelievable the vehicles withstand the harsh conditions so well. Even with almost 1 million kms under her belt, the truck runs like new”. It is not uncommon for trucks to complete this sort of mileage, as they really are built to last, and this particular one, is from an era before electronics, which makes it a really reliable and strong vehicle. As a matter of course, wearing parts such as brakes, tyres and diesel injectors will all be changed and serviced. All lubricants will also be changed, to help keep the truck running smoothly. There will be a complete re-kit of kitchenware and spares, which are both essential for a trip of this scale. Her lockers have also been repaired and re-painted and the whole truck has been given a good polish – no mean feat for a vehicle of this size! Oasis certainly takes pride in its fleet, and this is just another example of keeping our vehicles in top shape for the challenging expeditions we undertake.

Almost ready to go!

If you’d like to join M745 on her journey through Africa then spaces are still available on either our UK to ACCRA (9 weeks) Trans Africa or UK to CAPE TOWN (21 weeks) Trans Africa.

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