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Over a number of months (and a few wines), we had discussed the possibilities of mobile home ownership and the opportunities such ownership might afford.

We are Caroline Trevella and Pete Tyson from Rangiora. You can find out a little more about us on The Team page.

Late April/early May 2019, Caroline proposed a name for the van that worked for both of us. I thought my suggestion of Rusty seemed appropriate, but we both agreed the energy was wrong. van Gogh sounded much happier, specially having seen the repairs coming along. I was looking forward to getting in the van to go see some starry, starry nights (for those who missed the reference).

Starry night. Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh – 1889. Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 92.1 cm

A couple of weeks later I decided to document our journey. In the months we had owned van Gogh, we hadn’t learned much about camping, but we had learned a great deal about the vehicle. This, I thought, might be valuable information for others, so I looked for an appropriate domain name. Turns out the vangogh domains are quite popular. Imagine our delight when we found .wine had been overlooked. .kiwi was also available (and cheaper) but, as is generally the case, wine was the winner on the day.

May 23rd, 2019. New server built, WordPress and a number of plugins installed. We have the beginnings of a blog.

This is a record of events which will hopefully offer some entertainment and maybe some assistance to others considering a similar journey.

A word of caution. If you are looking at purchasing an older vehicle, particularly an ex-rental, get it checked by someone who knows about motor homes prior to purchase. I didn’t. Instead, I had the pleasure of researching numerous toys which I could install in van Gogh during the short stays between visits to assorted repairers.