I am a Fitter and Machinist by trade, but have not made a living at this for a very long time now. Over the years I have gained first hand experience with pumps, hydraulics, pneumatics, small engines, sheet metal fabrication, vehicle electrics and I can weld most materials. I like to think that I can put my hand to just about anything these days; but this camper build will definitely be a test of that belief.
I have also worked as a professional ski and snowboard instructor, teaching here in Australia and also in Canada and the USA. That helps in no way with this project, but I have to say that it was a fun job. I did that for over a decade; I do miss the snow…

My last job was as an IT engineer, doing 3rd level support and development for a major government department in Canberra, where we live.
Having IT skills is always useful, especially these days, and it has allowed me design and build this website, amongst other things.


In 2008 I gave up paid employment and became my wife’s full time carer.
I must admit that I do not miss the whole going to work thing, but I do miss having a decent income. Living on a pension is definitely a challenge, that’s for sure; but we are not complaining. Life is for living, and that’s what we are doing. Now we just have to do it on a tighter budget…


One of the reasons behind building a custom expedition camper was to allow the two of us, and our dog, to get away and enjoy some quiet time by disconnecting from this fast paced world of ours. Being “available” 24/7 is not our idea of living a relaxing life. Mobile phones, as wonderful as they are, all have one feature in common; an off button! We like that feature and use it often.


Due to my wife’s medical issues we cannot afford to be too far away from civilization but we still want to experience as much of Australia as we can. Neither of us are big fans of caravan parks so our vehicle will be designed to be fully self sufficient. This should allow us to go where we want, when we want. The truck, being a very capable four wheel drive vehicle, obviously opens up many other possibilities for travel.

Having a disability should not mean that one misses out on all that our world has to offer. That’s what we believe and how we endeavor to live our lives. If presented with a choice, we prefer to take the road less traveled…
Feel free to contact us, should you have any questions or comments; our email link is in the footer.


Owen & Sharon