Imported from the Republic of Yemen as a chassis-cab with only 55,000 km on the clock, now temporarily fitted with the cargo bed of an old DAF military truck. The idea of the current Dutch owners is to convert this tough 4×4 truck into a capable overland RV.
From 1997 to 2013, the Kerax was Renault’s truck and tractor model for heavy on-/off-road jobs in France and far beyond. It had the tilt cab of the contemporary Renault Premium, the midsize on-highway series.
Now that’s a proper heavy-duty frame! As the model designation already points out, the engine’s maximum power output is 270 hp (265, more precisely) and the truck’s GVWR is 19 metric tons (41,888 lbs).
Hiding back there is the truck maker’s dCi 11 turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine, an inline-six with a displacement of 11.1 liter.
Both the front and the rear axle come with an anti-roll bar and parabolic leaf springs. Uncomplicated, nothing fancy.
Peeking through, the synchronized Eaton transmission, type FS 8309 A, with nine forward gears (crawler gear included).
The transfer case was supplied by ZF, type VG 1600. The front axle drive shaft is on the left. It took the owners a lot of effort to make everything completely sand- and dust-free. Quote: wheelbarrows of sand.
As an aside, there’s also a Mack Kerax (aka Mack 8×8), built for the Canadian Army. Clearly fully based on the Renault, yet with eight super singles instead of four.
All in all, this is a great choice and truly excellent starting point for an all-terrain motorhome conversion. It’s all set and ready for exploring the great outdoors.