Home – how it all started!

We are Peter and Linn, enthusiastic freedom campers in our spare time. We set up this site to illustrate with words and pictures our travels in a motorhome. We hope that you enjoy it. Please feel free to use the contact form to get in touch if you have any comments or questions, we are always happy to answer any questions.

To follow our travels in the UK and abroad, please see our other pages.

“Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photographs and memories”

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Commer circa 1986
Commer Autosleeper circa 1986

My father bought his first camper van in 1967, a beautiful 1965 VW Devon conversion in which the family had many adventures in England, Scotland, France, and Spain. Around 1986 I bought my first campervan, we found her in a field being used as a goat shelter but she scrubbed up well and proved a lot of fun. She was a Commer Autosleeper conversion with a hard-sided lift-up roof giving full interior headroom, a luxury in those bygone days! It came equipped with a sink, fold-down gas cooker, and allegedly four berths, a double in the main cabin, and two single bunks in the roof; I say allegedly because this would have been a very tight squeeze that we never fully explored! We travelled many miles in her exploring the UK in pursuit of places to windsurf until eventually rust prevented economic repair and led to her being scrapped.

CI with viewing platform
CI with a viewing platform

Our next camper was a Ford Transit-based CI Coachbuilt motorhome bought around 1991. She came complete with an above cab viewing platform, having been previously used by her original owners for spectating at horse racing events. The chap that we bought her from had enjoyed a somewhat Bohemian lifestyle as a live aboard, and this resulted in a pungent herbal aroma inside that we never really got rid of. However, the van was a real step up from the Commer, having a permanent double bed above the cab, shower/toilet enclosure, decent cooker, sink, and even a fridge. Luxuries included a gas heater and hot and cold pressurised water system that I fitted later. We toured extensively around the UK in her, enabling me to pursue my passion for windsurfing at many beautiful locations. We eventually sold the van in an unlikely deal that in part saw us become the owners of numerous empty whiskey casks!

Bessacarr E760
Bessacarr E760 2006

Having been without a van for several years, the bug hit us again in about 2011 when an idea of driving across Europe to Rhodes first developed. We knew we would need something larger and more comfortable than the previous vans, and we spent three years looking before our search brought us to a Bessacarr E760 at a local dealer. The van’s statistics are:
Fiat Ducato 2.8 based Swift Bessacarr E760 with extended Alko chassis, 7.6 m long, 2.31 m wide, 2.75 m tall, Weight increased to 4200 kg, Payload increased to 950 kg. She is officially known as a low-profile motorhome because there is no raised sleeping pod above the cab, and she is perfectly equipped for camping off-grid in comparative luxury.