#33 Interior revealed
Drumroll please... I am taking you to Special Interior. They have made some huge progress. The details are just amazing. The adjustable lights, the red stitching on the dark leather, it's all there. I even have my logo, the red suitedtruckdriver tie, on my chair. This is really amazing! In the second part of te video you'll see the experience center. The ceiling is done, which makes the sound a lot better. No more echo! And look at that table, it's even adjustable in height! Enjoy the video!
Let me show you how all mirrors will become cameras. Also let's talk interior. All cabinets and furniture have been removed. This makes it possible to pull the cables and pipes for cameras and air horns. This is the first phase in the construction of the truck interior at Special Interior in Dronten. Some parts are already covered, I will give you a first glimpse of what you can expect on the inside. With a 3D camera I visualize the cabin and you can optimally watch in the coming weeks.
There we are.. waiting outside the door, we can hear the motor running.. The tension rises.. And there it is, what an amazing machine!! The colors, the design, it's all there! I can't wait to take it for a spin. I am driving to Special Interior in Dronten, where they will work on the inside. Can you imagine what it will look like when it's all done? It's going to be nothing less then perfect! Enjoy the video!
#30 Special paint
In this video it is all about painting! And not just painting, but spray painting by hand! You can see the real artists, Marcel and Willeke, at work. For me it was one of the most difficult things to decide on during this entire process. Of course I had an idea if what the truck should look like, but transferring that idea from a moodboard onto the truck itself... I have to say, they did an amazing job! What do you think?
#29 Change of Plans
If there is anything I learned during this whole process, it is that nothing ever goes as planned... In my last video you saw I drove the truck to Schijndel to get painted. But it turned out the basic paint layer needed some extra attention. So we decided to drive the truck back to Barneveld. On Facebook I saw some of you noticed this already. Let me show you the current situation at Ematra. Seperate parts that are ready to get painted. In the second of the part of the video we take a look at the container at Van Den Oever. Cool to see what has already been done. Hope you like it!
#28 Hit the road!
The time has come.. the truck is ready to take it for a drive. In this video you will be a witness of my first drive! I have to tell you, I am a litte nervous, but also really excited!! I am driving the truck to Schijndel, where it will be painted. The first turn is always the most exciting one.. and it went well! During the rest of the trip I was getting a little more relaxed. Had to stop for gas of course and had a chat with a guy who was interested in the truck. Also got some signals on the road from other trucks.. love it!
#27 Crane mounted
The crane is mounted!! At first the guys said it looked like a fishing rod, but now... When looking at the complete truck now, the extended cabine, the crane and platform, the proportions are more than fine! I will also show you the tilting mechanism of the cabin, really nice!! In the second part I will give you an update on the container. I have 2 words for you: REMOTE CONTROL. Let me show you... floors, walls everything... all individually controlled. Enjoy!
#26 Painted Cabin
It has been a while since I made a video. A lot has been done in the meantime, but not everything is as interesting to show. Today however, it's an exciting day! The cabin is painted and will be placed back onto the truck. After this we need to assemble to truck to make it ready to drive! Somewhere next week the truck will be driven to MW design. In this video I am also taking you for a walk around the chassis. there ars o many cool details I want to share with you all! Hope you enjoy!
In this video I am in Ommen at Pacton, having the second conversation about the trailer. As said the official maximum length of the truck including trailer is 18.75m. We will lower the feet of the trotter into the trailer, the height will be 3,9m. We will try to configure it as such that we are able to drive a car over the trotter foot, to reach the maximum length. I will also show you how the car will be secured onto the trailer, which was a tips of one of my followers, so thanks for that!
The subframe is painted! It is matte finish from Mercedes. I hope the color looks good in the video, because believe me in real life it's amazing! Maintenance is going to be slightly more challenging than a high-gloss paint, but the look is worth it! The cabin will also get this matte paint. In the design there will other colors as well, so it will not be one big dark surface. I found THE expert on this! Who this is? I will keep that in the middle for know, more about this in the next video!
This video is all about the heart of the whole concept: the container!!! We are at Expandable in Eersel, where we find the specialists in designing and building mobile roadshows in the form of a container. In this video you will see an animation on how the container becomes twice its size once it slides out. The inside will be large enough to have conversations with up to 6-7 people at the same time. Let me show you how cool and sophisticated this container really is!
Staring at Special Interior. Let me show you how the fridge, microwave and the coffee machine are build in. Especially the push-to-open system of the coffee machine is just so cool! Next we have a brainstorm about the interior. Colors, LED lighting, stitching, logo placements, USB outlets and much more. Then it's time to get the cabin ready for transport and we are on our way to Gert in Barneveld!
A lot is happening at the same time. Let's start with my 'tiny' office, with a table that can slide in and out. The finishing, such as materials and stitching are determined in the next weeks. I will also show you the bed frame and how this will be mounted on the 4 spindles you can see in the cabin. Let's not forget the mounting frame of the passenger seat, which can be rotated to create a 'meeting room'. That's all for the interior, now off we go to Ematri to see the construction update! Enjoy!
#20 Pacton Trailer
In this video I am visiting Pacton Floor in Ommen. It's time to have a brainstorm about the trailer. The maximum allowed length of the complete truck (including trailer) is 18.75 m. The biggest question is what length we need so we can carry both the trotter and a car. And what type of car? We need to think about the angle of the drive support plates. All in all we need to figure out how to create the most optimal construction. Enjoy the video!
#19 Build from Scratch
The cabin (separated from the chassis) is at Special Interior in Dronten. It will be here for the next weeks. There are lots of challenges of course. To start with the bed. Ideally I would like to be able to completely lift the bed. And what about the ceiling... I want to do something with design and LED lights so we can set different colors. And the inside of the doors, steering-wheel and much more. All special craftsmanship, which is exactly why we are at Special Interior! Enjoy the new video!
We are at Ematra (not Ematri) today, where the cabin gets its first paint. After this first layer it looks speckled, but they explained to me why this is. They put on first layer, then the cabin will be sanded so they can see if and where there are any dents. The inside is treated as well. Due to Corona there is a shift in planning, so the final paint layer will be done in the second phase. I am also answering some questions I received after the last videos. Mainly about weights. Hope you like this new video!
#17 The crane
The crane is on the truck! It looks amazing! The cabine height in relation to the crane height is good. The cabine will be demounted, so the paint shop can start! Today is D-Day, Special Interior is about to start! The crane is also demounted. Step by step we continue this journey!
#16 Beast mode
So cool!! For the first time you can see the extended cabin on the chassis! What an amazing machine, it is huge! In this update I'll show you some details like the storage compartments, the fenders and the cabin lifting mechanism. Later this week the Effer crane will be mounted onto the truck. Curious to see if it all fits. Have a look at the video and let me know if you are as amazed by the size of this truck as I am.. Beast mode on!
In this update I am visiting Special Interior in Dronten where I am meeting Laurens. On June 15th we start a new chapter in this truck adventure. At this date the truck has to be in Dronten so they can start building on the interior. Unfortunately we are not going to make it to deliver the complete truck, so there will be parts of the truck ready for them to start on. We are talking about materials, colors, floors, curtains and much more. Hope you like it!
#14 Lots to do
In this update we are looking at the Effer Crane and how this will be mounted onto the truck. At Ematri the guys are talking about the 'fishing rod', because for them the crane is relatively small. We are also talking about additional steal that needs to be added and how we need to add weight to lower the spring suspension. All in all another nice update on this amazing project!
This update is all about challenges, such as the height of the chassis, deadlines, headlights and more. I get a lot of comments and tips from followers. I really appreciate this, so keep 'm coming! The deadline, June 15th, is getting closer! At this date the truck has to be in Dronten (Netherlands) at Special Interior so they can start building the interior of the truck. Hope you enjoy this new update!
#12 How to build..
The corona crisis has its effect on about everything, also our timeline. But luckily the guys are working hard on our Planet PFM truck, so I can give you an update on things that are about to happen over the next weeks. Also I will highlight some cool things that were already done.
#11 Cabine extension
After we bought the truck, we decapitated it and now it's time to start building it up again! In this video an update on the creation of our special truck. The truck is at Ematri right now. Because we extended the cabin, the floor plate needed to be extended as well. Looking at the cabin right now, it starts to look more and more like a truck again. Stay tuned!
#10 Decapitated truck
The objective of this cabine extension is to create space for extra chairs, a closet and work space. By adding 900 mm you can imagine this brings extra forces on the construction which needs to be secured. And of course there are some challenges.. Is the chassis too short? We need 12 meters! And what about the tires? The new tires seem to be 4 centimeters higher than the other 2 back tires... Never a dull moment, stay tuned!
#9 Driving to phase 2
They have built the 5th axle under the truck! In this video I will drive the truck from loosdrecht to Ematri in Barneveld. Gert will do a lot of heavy works such as mounting the supportchassis, EFFER crane and so much more... But first I had to drive the truck, which was slightly longher than I was used to, out of Loosdrecht... That was the first challenge!! What do you think.... Did I make it out of there in one piece..?
#8 Mounting the 5th axis
In this video they tell us all about how they mounted the 5th axle under the truck. These guys really know what they're doing! And how does it work in the truck? Does the board computer know an extra axle is installed? And what about stabilization? How does that work? It really is impressive what they have done! Looking forward to the next phase!!
#7 Sensor & showroom
The last video updates were all about the Planet PFM truck. In this update I believe it's time to give you a bit more information about my ambition. What it is I want to do once the truck is all ready to go. I would like to explain a bit about sensors, how it works, what I want to do with them and how the data from this sensor is displayed on high tech screens in the 'experience center' on the back of my truck!
#6 Cabin extension
In this update you'll see what needs to be done when you want a custom made truck. It all starts with the cabin extension, which will be done in Veldhuizen by Gert and his team. After this he will install the EFFER crane. It is cool to hear that the guys are all excited to start working on this amazing truck!
#5 First drive impression
Sneak preview.... Of course it's not how my truck will look in the end, BUT it is so cool to be able to have a look at it!! I have to admit, sitting in the cabin, that 'new smell', taking it for a test drive.... what an amazing feeling!!
#4 Mercedes Factory in Germany
On a cold Monday Morning in december I drove off to Germany to get a tour in the Mercedes Factory in Wörth. It was an amazing experience walking around this huge area! And of course I was hoping to get a glimpse of our AROCS model 5! Curious? Check out my new video!!
#3 Tricks & Trucks
It's all about the sizes, right? Especially when you're 14 centimeters too high... So how do we fix this? Watch my new video where I visit Mercedes, talk about measuring, sizes, and last but not least.... Actros versus Arocs! Did you know you can have an Actros truck with an Arocs front? Or vice versa.. Which one do you like best?
#1 Short: Compliments
People look at my funny when I am driving the truck. What's that guy doing in his suit? It doesn't seem to be the average truckers outfit. Other truck drivers are very positive I must say. Loads of positive reactions like "looking good"! "Cool"!
#2 Test drive
In this video I am taking a test drive in the new Mercedes Actros. I also explain how my truck will have to be rebuilt in order to meet requirements when it comes to layout. The ACTROS or AROCS... that is an issue I haven't decided on; mainly on bodywork, especially the front side. I will also explain to you what I have experienced in the run-up to this unique concept.
#1 Driving lesson
In this video I will take you on one of my CE driving lessons. Jan, my driving instructor with a lot of patience, explains to me how to mount and dock. As you can see, it sometimes takes a couples of tries before you succeed... When everything is connected properly, we can hit the road, this time in the Pijnacker region in the Netherlands.
Watch before you judge. This animation is used in the pre conceptual phase trying to convince involved parties what the FLOWER I'm about to do. The power of visualisation is vastly underestimated. Don't you think? So please go ahead and watch the video. Let me know your thoughts afterwards.