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Do It Yorkself RV: Traveling couple turns fire engine into overland camper

From the bloggers at RV Life:

Yasha and Juergen of Dare2Go prefer to travel the slower backroads, but they insist on doing it in style.

The couple from Germany and Australia have been traveling around the Americas since 2006, but began driving their Mercedes-Benz 1019 fire engine (named Berta after her license plate) in 2014. Berta was made in a Mercedes-Benz factory in 1981 and served the fire department of Helmstedt, Germany.

After Berta languished for a few decades, Juergen and Yasha found her and began the restoration of the truck by adding an Army shelter container, built-in furniture, solar panels, a small kitchen with a sink and oven, a bathroom with a Thetford composting toilet, and a scissor ladder. The building process took about a year and the couple did everything themselves with basic tools. Berta weighs just over 17,000 pounds, and can take on South American mountains with grace.

To read the full story at Do It Yourself RV and view pictures of the project, click here.

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