The Van

Welcome to our home – a Hobby 750 that we’ve nicknamed Nobby.

Vital Statistics

Nobby is a curvaceous motorhome, packing in a 2.8 litre JTD engine under her distinctive blue, silver & white coachwork.  The base vehicle is a Fiat Ducato Alko AMC tag axle chassis.

Including the bike racks, she is an extensive 8m (27ft) long and 3m (10ft) tall.  As we knew we would be predominantly driving on the European continent we chose a left hand drive model.

She was registered in 2001, has an unladen weight of 4500Kg and her maximum authorised mass is 5200Kg.

Step Inside Love …

Inside, Nobby is kitted out with all the mod-cons that a young(ish) go-ahead couple on the move could ever need.  Those curvy good-looks don’t end on the outside – they’re inside too!  Storage a plenty is provided by stylish overhead lockers, a sizeable wardrobe and a “garage” area under the fixed double bed.

The kitchen is served by a 3-ring gas hob, separate grill and a 60 litre capacity  fridge freezer (12v/230v/LPG). Not on a campsite?  It’s not a problem with the integrated sink and draining board.  The LPG powered water heater provides hot water on demand (well, within 15 minutes) whilst the blown-air central heating system ensures toasty temperatures in all weathers.

Moving into the dinette/living area, there is a long 2m bench that can be converted into another double bed and a fixed dining table with a fold-out leaf.  The passenger chair in the cab can be swiveled round 180 degrees to give extra seating for those elegant dinner parties.

Power Me Up!

Alongside 2 x 80amp leisure batteries we have a solar panel and a 1.8Kw inverter.

We have recently converted the gas supply to a pair of refillable 11Kg LPG bottles which are easier and cheaper to fill in Europe than butane.

And finally, the swimwear round

Her upholstery is a rather sprightly yellow and blue design and the flooring is a light “floorboardy” style laminate.  Fitted carpets are available and stored in the garage but are not recommended for the travelling lifestyle (especially if you have a husband and/or dog).

Atmospheric lighting is provided by LED spots and a couple of strip-lights.  Nobby also has a “Telair” roof-mounted air con unit to maintain her cool on even the hottest of days.

Hobby motorhome parked by the dam at Barragem Pego do Alta, Portugal

A view of Nobby’s right hand side – at Barragem Pego do Alta, Portugal.

Hobby motorhome in Lisbon, Portugal

And a view of her left hand side – at Seixal, near Lisbon, Portugal

2 Responses to The Van

  1. Ruth Card says:

    Now that looks like a van that knows how to get there!!

  2. Heidi Gouldsborough says:

    I love it!

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