Meet the divorced dad living 'off the grid' in custom military vehicle

A divorced dad has shared his journey of living “off the grid” in a custom made ex-military vehicle called Milly. Paul Jackman, is a single dad and decided to make the move from living in a home after his divorce and instead decided to travel around the country with his kids in the vehicle. Mr Jackman has created a YouTube channel and Facebook page called “off grid nomad”, where he shares his adventures living in the camper with his miniature Jack Russell Roxy, as well as his kids when they come to visit.

The vehicle that he lives in is a DAF 4X4 T244 overlander that was transformed in to an overlander truck that is solar powered. “The truck has room for two beds and there is a shower, toilet, wardrobes, fridge, cooking area, televisions and a seating area,” said Mr Jackson. “The window opens right up next to the seating area so we can look out, as well as getting some fresh air in.

Inside the transformed vehicle

“In the main bedroom there is also a window right above my head so I can look out and see the stars on a clear night.

“All the power is solar based from panels on the top of the vehicle and there are water tanks underneath.” One of the appeals for Mr Jackman’s home, which was built in March, was to allow him to tour Europe with his children over the summer. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to his plans, and instead he has toured the UK until normal international travel can resume.

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“I just love the appeal of being off the grid and just being able to go out and stay wherever, whenever and explore the world,” he said.

“After I spilt with my wife, I first got a narrow boat, but eventually the kids got bored of it because it went so slowly and took a while to get places, so that is why I decided on the vehicle.

“It took around two months to built and I’m so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait for all the adventures to come.”

Click here to follow the Off Grid Nomad on YouTube and Facebook.

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