We are Phil and Lynn, a couple in our 60s currently based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. We have enjoyed travel by campervan and caravan most of our married life.
I (Phil) built our first motorhome on a Renault traffic in about 1995. The little girl pictured helping to put up the awning is now 37 years old and went on to work for Jaguar Land Rover helping them make their own vehicles later in life. We travelled all over Europe in this had some memorable trips to the Alps.
As our family grew we needed a bigger van. I went on to convert a Mercedes 410 D - what a vehicle! It had everything on board and carried us all over Europe. I even lived it it for two years whilst at university completing my degree.
We then moved on to a caravan, not as much freedom but more structure in a holiday with the kids. I always said once the kids didn't want to come with us I would go back to a camper.
And so we did with the Autotrail Apache 634U. At the time this van was often quoted by me as the best thing I ever bought. Our style of travel involved using small campsites, aires etc. Full facility sites including swimming pools nightclubs and electricity was not for us. We like to camp somewhere beautiful in the countryside or by the sea and use our bikes to get to and from anything that we want to see. The van had its limitations. It couldn't always make it off the beaten track and it certainly wasn't up to the extended overland travel that I had ambitions to complete. So this led to the construction of Our World Traveller and this website.
I was inspired to build my own overland truck after reading Stephen Stewart's website and following him building and travelling in his Unimog motorhome, the guy is a hero! (I have since met Stephen and can confirm he is a gentleman). I spent a lot of time researching overland travel and reading blogs which eventually led to a trip in 2013 to Abenteuer Allrad at Bad Kissingen... the die was cast.
I searched fruitlessly through Germany, France and Belgium for a base truck for my project. I had decided between a Mercedes 1017 or a MAN L2000, either one having to be euro2 or below. After many miles and hours of searching I found an MAN 8.163 LE160C about 20 miles from home at J Sharples Preston, UK. A walk round, a check over and a good test drive later and she was ours. I know they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but she was spot-on for me, grass growing under the wheels and all.