After several years of trying to talk mates into coming on an adventure with me, my mate Ben raised his hand. We decided that we would go to Canada with work visas and would buy a motorhome. 'Ridiculous over practical' were our requirements.
"We were now homeowners AND mortgage free"
We ended up buying this beauty, Mrs (Winnie) Mandela. Measuring in at at a whopping 32ft (11m), this 1977 Dodge Vogue was ridiculous, and running at about 3km a litre, she was totally impractical. Everything we ever wanted! The price tag: $3,000 Canadian (£2,000), an absolute bargain considering this was to be our home so we wouldn't have to pay rent. She would pay for herself after a few months.
At the front we had 2 swivelling captains chairs and a built in 8 track player, complete with a case full of cassettes. Above the driving chairs the ceiling pulled down to reveal a bunk bed and the sofa behind also became a double bed.
Looking towards the back, there is a lounge area and kitchen sporting a 4-burner gas stove, an oven, a sink, fridge and a built in blender for the cocktail bar. Behind that leads to the other bedroom with another twin bed. The cupboards above the bed also folded down to become 2 single bunks. There was also a toilet, shower and a bath but we ran a dry ship because water weighs about a ton for every cubic meter and we didn't any help with burning fuel. Also, we didn't want to have to deal with each other's shit on a regular basis.
As the following winter approached, I had decided that I was going to try and spend it living off grid in a ski town. I knew to expect the temperature to regularly drop below -20, so in preparation, I removed the TV stand and fitted a wood burning stove in it's place.
'How To' coming soon