our travel vehicle: Moose

our travel vehicle: Moose

 

In October 2018, our small group has grown by one member. After much back and forth, we have bought a new touring car. And what a thing! 😉 Here we would like to introduce you to our beloved travel vehicle MOOSE.

A somewhat older, gray, Italian lady, who is now with us through world history. There are a few small external blemishes, but also a lot of charm. Although Moose is not the fastest with around 85 bhp, she is still solid and unbreakable all the time.

 

 

 

Meeting Moose – a lovestory

In the summer of 2018 we met her for the very first time. It was a rainy afternoon. And in the midst of other off-road vehicles, delivery vans and new motorhomes, she stood there. Looking back, it was probably love at first sight.

I (Valeria) still remember the first test drive. Lukas and the car salesman in the front and me in the back on the dusty back seat. I stroked the gray, soft padding. I let my eyes wander through the vehicle, saw small cracks and dents and rusty screws. And for some rationally inexplicable reason, it felt just ‚right‚.

After the test drive, we decided against Moose. Too old, too weak, too expensive… but somehow she did not let us go. And it was probably fate that she would still be in the same car park a few months later on our second visit. She had been waiting for us.

And now, about 3 years and 60.000km later, it still feels right.

 

pickup - rooftop tent combination
pickup – rooftop tent combination

 

So much for Moose and how our paths crossed. But Moose would be worth half as much for us as a motorhome if she did not drive around a wonderful little snail shell.

Our small living room was not there from the beginning.

When we bought our travel vehicle Moose, we got a used, small rooftop tent for our first trip. With the Pickup-rooftop tent combination we traveled over France, Spain and Portugal to Morocco. We closed the cargo area with a hardtop. The roof tent combi was okay, for us but not really the yellow of the egg.

 

our travel vehicle Moose
our travel vehicle Moose

 

And so we bought a used, small, self-built camping cabin right after our trip to Morocco. We were very, very fortunate to find a reasonably priced, reasonably well-maintained cabin that a) fits our pickup and b) was not too far away with about 4 hours drive.

So we packed the straps and drove to Milan. In the farthest corner of a huge warehouse full of scrap wagons that the Italian-Romanian mechanics wanted to repair and then sell, she stood: our new home.

Small on the outside, surprisingly spacious inside with everything you need: bed, table, kitchenette, storage space, windows. She was perfect. Well, almost anyway.

Before charging, we had to cut out a hole about 10cm deep on both sides of the cabin, so that it would fit on our cargo area at all. 

 

the perfect match for us
the perfect match for us

 

And then we had them, our dream combination 🙂 What followed was an exciting trip to Albania, the Italian Islands of Sardinia and Sicily, an adventurous desert trip to Tunisia , a 6 months trip to Greece, a short trip to Bulgaria and countless hours of work to optimize the car and gradually rebuild the cabin to our liking.

Oh by the way, our car got the name ‚Moose‚ because of the license plate, which starts with „M O“ (but actually stands for the Italian city „Modena“) and because we found from the beginning that the car is really big and strong and indestructible looked – just like a moose 😉 haha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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