How it all began

We are John & Samantha Carver from Staffordshire in the UK.

We bought the 1986 American Coachmen bodied 5.7 litre V8 Ford Econoline E350 RV in July 2021. Our plan is to spend the rest of 2021 and early 2022 rebuilding the RV to a really nice condition vehicle once more. But for now though the RV is in a pretty poor state, having been off the road and neglected for many years.

In 2022 we plan to travel in the RV, initially only within the UK, but we will be stopping on campsites, and will be taking part in some wild camping adventures. Our travels will be documented on our Youtube channel Vintage RV Adventures.

Buying The RV

We saw the RV for sale on eBay. Originally the seller was asking £4995. The price dropped to around £2700 and then a few days later the price dropped to £1695. It was at this point Samantha and I decided we needed to go and see the vehicle, and felt we would regret it if we didn’t go to see it. We called the seller, and an hour later we were stood in front of the RV.

Original selling details below;

The seller was very helpful, and he arranged for quotation for recovery whilst were were there on site. The transport price was very acceptable, the vehicle looked a great project for us, and with that we shook hands on a deal.

Delivery Day

The RV was delivered to us on the back of a 26 tonnes slide back recovery truck. The recovery truck operator was very patient, and he spent time ensuring the RV was dropped off exactly where we wanted it. This was important, as the RV had a broken propeller shaft, and wherever it got dropped off, we would have a lot of difficulty moving it until the propeller was repaired. Our only option would be to move it by towing it with our Range Rover (another salvage project vehicle).

Why did we did we buy an RV?

For some time Samantha and I had talked about whether we should buy a caravan or a motorhome. We have a accident damaged salvage Range Rover sat on the drive, currently under repair, and towing a caravan appeared to be the right choice for us given the towing vehicle we already had available to us.

Then we saw a Youtuber’s videos created by a guy named Stephen, who runs Country VanLife TV. Stephen was finding some amazing places to wild camp in Anglesey in North Wales, and that really was the trigger for our decision, it just had to be a motorhome, not a caravan outfit. It’s almost impossible to wild camp using a caravan outfit. You may well say, how are we going to park a 27 feet long RV in wild camping spots… Well, to be honest we don’t know the answer to that yet, but we will find out next year !