Event Motorhomes are well used to constructing bespoke vehicles for many end uses. In addition to leisure vehicles their hand built output also includes Race Trucks and motorhomes specially adapted for the disabled. However, this Flixborough, North Lincolnshire company has never undertaken construction of a motorhome which is planned to travel as far as the one currently being finished for Martin & Jill MacFarlane – a world trip of 200,000 miles which could easily last for 10 years!
Martin & Jill are seasoned travellers, their last big trip being around Europe on a Honda Goldwing motorbike which lasted 6 months. During this odyssey they decided that travelling was something they wanted to do all the time, but ideally on four wheels and with a certain amount of luxury. They sold their house, bought a second hand Mercedes 814DA 4x4 truck in Germany, shipped it back to the UK, removed the body, extended the wheelbase and presented it to Event Motorhomes for conversion.
The end result is a rugged, go-anywhere vehicle that sleeps 4 and is complete with integral garage, raised floor for additional storage, kitchen/lounge, bedroom & shower room. A washing machine, satellite dish and solar panels are all part of the specification, but when it came to interior & water heating Martin & Jill knew it had to be a Webasto diesel unit.
The model chosen is a Dual Top RHA102 system, selected for its performance, quiet running and reliability. Speaking of the decision to specify Webasto Martin said:
“With a road trip as long as the one we’ve planned it’s important that every item within the vehicle is as efficient and rugged as possible. We knew we wanted our main heating source to be diesel powered so the Webasto Dual Top system fitted our needs precisely.”
The MacFarlanes have planned a “shakedown” trip to Cyprus this winter, via Romania, Bulgaria & Turkey. The world tour will take in dozens of countries including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Russia & Europe, so there should be ample cold temperature opportunities for the Webasto Dual Top to keep the motorhome cosy. Webasto leads the field in the development of diesel powered heating systems, ideal for OE or retro-fitting to motorhomes, to ensure comfort in the harshest conditions.
The use of diesel powered heating can also lead to dramatic fuel savings - when stationary there is no need to keep the engine running to maintain interior heating, saving fuel consumption and cutting emissions. Further Information:
Paul Gofton at Webasto Product UK Ltd
Tel: 01302 322232
Tel: 01724 847744
Martin & Jill’s world trip website : www.4x4fulltiming.com
Webasto Product UK Ltd,
White Rose Way,
South Yorkshire, DN4 5JH