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LIVING IN A MOTOR HOME: FAQ's

We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Meet Waki the motor home

 
I know most people think that naming a vehicle is ridiculous, and I certainly don't name all of my vehicles but I figured this one needed a name, like a boat does. We decided on Waki which is native American for 'shelter' (from the Hopi language) and lets face it we're both very wacky to be doing this in the first place! You gotta love a good pun ;)
 
So here she is, Waki the 20ft long 1985 Dreamliner Vogue with a Fiat cab. Most of the Dreamliner's have a 2.0L Petrol engine but this has been changed to a Citroen 2.5L Diesel engine.
 
Waki the motor home: at a wild camping spot near Moffat in ScotlandWaki the motor home: at a wild camping spot near Moffat in Scotland
 
Our heater is a blown air gas heater fitted underneath our rear locker and has thermostatic control or the wood burning stove  is in use most of the time making fair use of free fuel. During the refurb process we added extra insulation to the walls and ceiling to maximise it's thermal efficiency. The walls have a layer of reflective emergency-blanket foil either side of a 4mm sheet of foam on top of the standard 25mm foam insulation, and the ceiling has just a layer of the foil on top of the standard 25mm foam. 
 
The bed is a permanent fixture over the cab which I think is very important as I really didn't want to make and unmake our bed on a daily basis!
 
The living area has a large enough sofa for 3 (which turns into an additional double bed) and the passenger cab seat swivels round for additional seating if it's getting cosy. Underneath the sofa is our 80 litre fresh water tank and our battery bank. Our clothes are kept in the overhead lockers in the living room. Opposite the sofa is more storage and where our pet Corn Snake Kaa lives in his tank! Yes we have a snake on board and he's very popular with the people we meet on our travels, see below for his introduction page!
 
The kitchen needed to be quite large for permanent use, the main part of it is L-shaped housing the small gas oven, gas hob, 3 way fridge and the sink and drainer. On the other side of the kitchen I wanted a separate worktop without any surface-interruptions to be able to knead bread, lay out plates whilst cooking (the hob has a cover that serves as a worktop but is obviously not available when it's in use!). Underneath the counter is where our saucepans etc are kept, we have a set of very handy pull-out bins in their own cupboard, and our luggage (bike gear/coats/spare towels etc) as well as our washing machine is stored at the very back.
 
The central rear cupboard is our pantry cupboard and has even been specially insulated against the warmth of the living area and gas heater so it stays nice and cool for our food storage. 
 
Our bathroom is essentially a wet-room with a shower, bench-style cartridge toilet and a corner sink. 
 
We also have a good amount of external storage including the rear locker for fuel and gas, and the side locker for general mucky items like the wheel chocks. Also the roof has an area for extra luggage and we have a special rack which can be connected to the tow bar to carry Ryan's motorbike when needed. 
 

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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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