New Zealand bloggers have turned a decommissioned ambulance into a cozy travel home
For travel lovers, there are no barriers, especially if they have like-minded people who dream of the same things. Young new Zealand travel bloggers Alexis and Flavi were carried away by dreams of a mobile home, and when the opportunity came to purchase a decommissioned ambulance, they did not hesitate to do so. They spent only 8 weeks on all the transformations, but the result of the transformation surprised even experienced masters.
Big fans of travel and video reports of their adventures, Alexis Martini and his 22-year-old girlfriend Flavi Mero came to New Zealand from France as part of a student exchange program. In addition to studying, they often traveled together and for a year dreamed that one day they would be able to get their own house on wheels. It is no secret that very often during trips you can find yourself in a rather difficult situation while searching for a decent night’s lodging or at least a safe one. And it is a costly business to pay both for the road and for shelter. Therefore, when young people found out about the sale of a decommissioned ambulance, they did not even think about buying it.
As the authors became aware Novate.Ru they saved up the money over the course of a year, so there were no problems with purchasing and converting it. Despite the fact that young people have never been engaged in repairs or construction, the Internet came to the rescue. As the young people themselves admit: “Before coming to New Zealand, we had no idea how or what to do. But we learned everything from YouTube and tried to make everything much better.”
The desire to make their home comfortable was so strong that they quickly learned to work with tools and various materials, so the transformation progressed very quickly. This pace was due to quite good reasons – in the near future, a 10-month trip to the most remote corners of Australia was planned.
Young people did not want to wander with tents and heavy backpacks in search of a place to sleep or shelter from the weather. Fortunately, the car itself was on the move, it remained to turn it into a real house. To do this, they had to remove all the equipment, paneling and flooring to make a thermal insulation layer, otherwise the metal body would have made life inside the van a living hell.
After that, the ceiling and floors were covered with real wood, wooden panels were also made, a podium for the bed, a modest kitchen set, and even a small space was left to create a sofa in the mini-living room. Since it was going to be a long trip, it was necessary to take care of organizing a full kitchen with a hob, sink and refrigerator, as well as to equip a place for storing food.
Given that they are planning to visit the most remote and inaccessible corners of the country, there should be enough space for water, food and fuel for a normal existence for at least a week. For this reason, first of all, special storage systems were made and solar panels were purchased, which would make it possible to “survive without recharging for 10 days or even more”.
Among other things, the guys managed to carve out a place for a bio toilet, but they had to buy a mobile shower. It can be installed anywhere, but on the street, although this circumstance does not bother young people, because along the way there will be many rivers and lakes, not to mention the Pacific coast or the Tasman sea.
An interesting fact: for such a Grand transformation, the guys spent another 10 thousand dollars, which significantly exceeded their expectations, but they hope that a comfortable trip will pay off the financial inconvenience. Moreover, at the end of a long trip, they plan to return to their homeland, which means that the house on wheels will go on sale.