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
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.