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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 whom I admire) and lets face it we're both very wacky to be doing this in the first place!
 
So here she is, Waki the 20ft 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 (it's a bit of a boneshaker but basic is easy to fix and is happy to run on straight vegetable oil if we want)!
 Waki the motor home parked in a wild camping spot near Moffat, Scotland.Waki the motor home parked in a wild camping spot near Moffat, 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 - most folks all too happy to get rid of old pallets and other awkward scrap wood. A cross section showing the layers of insulation before the ply went back on. A cross section showing the layers of insulation before the ply went back on.
 
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 'room' is a permanent fixture over the cab which at the time we felt was important as neither of us wanted to have to make and unmake our bed on a daily basis!
 Our cosy bed 'room' above the cab.Our cosy bed 'room' above the cab.
 
View of the living room from the sofa, complete with vivarium & passenger swivel chair.View of the living room from the sofa, complete with vivarium & passenger swivel chair.
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 vivarium!
  
The kitchen needed to be quite large for comfortable permanent living, the main part of it is L-shaped housing the 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. 
 
 
Storage. 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. 
 The upper kitchen cupboards (above the sink) the doors and handles are made from off-cuts of the ceiling planks & other scrap!The upper kitchen cupboards (above the sink) the doors and handles are made from off-cuts of the ceiling planks & other scrap!
 
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!
 
Our bathroom is essentially a plastic lined wet-room with a shower tray floor, bench-style cartridge toilet and a corner sink.
 
The sky light keeps it nice and bright inside with stainless steel racking and separate mixer taps for the sink and shower. 
 
So there she is, we hope you like her! 
 

Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more


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