Meet Milly, the 30-year-old military vehicle that has been transformed into a motorhome

Milly is a over 30-year-old military truck and is now a motorhome. Photo: Reproduction Facebook
Milly is a over 30-year-old military truck and is now a motorhome. Photo: Reproduction Facebook

Milly is a more than 30-year-old old military truck and is now what worker Paul Jackman from Lincolnshire, England, calls home.

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The conversion of the military vehicle into a motorhome was completed in 2020, shortly before the world was overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. During this period, Paul traveled across the country while Milly served as his permanent residence.

During his appearance on the program New Lives in the Wild, hosted by journalist Ben Fogle on Channel 5, Paul shared more about his parking, overnight, and reception experiences with Milly by the local residents when they stop by.

Paul also revealed that he was forced into this lifestyle after his divorce in 2015. At the time, he felt he couldn’t afford another house, not when he also had to pay child support for his two children.

Before he had Milly, he had a van he traveled in on weekends, so he lived there for a while. Then he lived on a boat, which was convenient but, according to his children, too slow to move, so he decided to trade it.

That’s how he settled into the DAF 4X4 T244 truck, a more than 30-year-old military vehicle that became Milly, measuring 8 meters in length and 2.4 meters in width. The truck cost him about £6,000 (approximately $7,600), but he invested over £50,000 (approximately $63,200) in the conversion of the military vehicle into a motorhome.

On his Facebook page, Off Grid Nomad, Paul shares a bit about his daily life and his travels with Milly, which is equipped with solar panels, a generator, and a 200-liter fuel tank, allowing him to buy food and cook on the road.

Milly can accommodate up to four people and the “watchdog” Roxy, who, according to him, is more of a mascot than a guard dog. There’s a comfortable king-size bed in the back and a dining area that can be converted into another bed for two, so Paul and his two children have plenty of space and privacy during their adventures.

Due to the size and capabilities of the truck, Paul always uses it whenever he’s not working at the factory during weekdays or traveling with his two children on weekends, to volunteer as a search and rescue driver. In his interview with New Lives in the Wild, he also mentioned that he plans to continue doing this as long as his health allows him to get in and out of the truck.

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