We have a Zil131. It has been likened to a dinosaur. Despite its apparent vintage status it is not more than 25 years old. Once the Soviets had settled on a design, they were reluctant to make unnecessary changes. The Zil’s design dates from the 1950’s. We affectionately refer to her simply as Zil. And though she may look and sound like a dinosaur, we love her to bits as our only home. We have lived in her for a full year parked up behind the Leysian Mission (that was the first ever Wesley church).
Truck: Zil131Russian army truck, purpose built radio comms cabin, 12 tonnes gross, 7m length, 2.2m width.
Engine: Daf Cummins 5.9 with a ZF 6 speed gearbox.
Fuel: Diesel, 2x150L fuel tanks, 12mpg.
Domestic Power: 500amp/hrs at 12volts, a 50amp mains charger, 2x100W solar panels, a 50amp battery to battery charger.
Water: 400 litre tank, water purifier, external shower head, kitchen sink.
Cooking: 4 hob gas burner, broiler and oven supplied by an LPG 12kg bottle
Heating: Hot air heater supplied by a 30 litre diesel tank
Electrics: 240V consumer unit, 12 volt x16 breaker board, 40 litre 12 volt fridge, fan, stereo, charge points, lighting and 300W inverter.