Dougal began life as a Mountain Rescue Ambulane for Breacon Beacons in the 1970s.  He is now classified as a historic vehicle, so we thought we'd take him on a journey of a lifetime before he retired.

Before embarking we made a series of modifications to make it possible to live in  as comfortable as possible for the 13 months (the original plan) we would be using for him. 

After a full service and change of many of the old rusted engine parts we set to building the rear.  I (Gwyn) did all the electrics, plumbing and carpentry myself with the help of YouTube videos and manuals.  Over 20 days he was transformed from an old ambulance to a practical camper. 

Land Rover Series III 109

Year of Manufacture 1977

2.5 Normaly Aspirated Diesel engine 

4 Speed plus over drive 

Top Speed ~60mph


Here's the spec:

Smev double burner Hob and Sink with running water

Dometic 3 way fridge 

Shower with 30 minutes of running hot water

1000W Solar Pannels 

1000W 12 - 240v power inverter

Additional heaters fitted front and rear

Additional Fans fitted front and rear

Reverse camera and monitor 

USB charging points added in Cab 

13000lbs Winch fitted

60W Front spots

Rear working light

Awning to the rear

Double bed and plenty of storage 


 What Worked: 

  • Large rear space was great for everyday living and stealth camping.

  • The solar panels were AMAZING.

  • The Smev sink and hob worked a dream.

  • The shower was a God send. 

 What didn't work: 

  • For the coutries we visited the water heater was somewhat redundant.

  • The construction of the rear was heavy.

  • Choosing a vehicle with an aftermarket engine and parts, caused some issues.

  • The sleeping area was a bit 'tight'.

  • The fridge wasn't vented correctly and heated the rear when it was on.