Well, the time has finally come for us to sell our beloved Ruby. We’ve enjoyed her for 14 years & now it’s time for her to enrich someone else’s life… could it be you?


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Rowan & I have been contemplating downsizing for a few years now but the idea of letting Ruby go has just been too painful. However, bodywork wise she’s looking a bit sad & will need some welding & a few other bits doing for her next MOT (due 19 October 2020) & I simply don’t have the funds to pay for it or the head space to deal with it so it feels like it’s time to let go.

Ideally you would:

  1. a) be looking to take on a project & fix up the bodywork yourself or
  1. b) have enough money to pay someone else to do it or know a friendly welder or
  1. c) have land to park her up & live in or
  1. d) use her for holiday rental in situ eg Airbnb so no MOT required.

Anyone who’s been to camp will recognise Ruby – the big burgundy & cream Merc with a dashboard full of mushrooms & pixies! She’s a Mercedes 609D, first registered in 1997 & was a welfare bus in a former life. I converted her 14 years ago & she’s fully equipped for life on the road (or field). Engine-wise Ruby is very reliable, starts first time every time even through the winter. These Mercedes are renowned for running ‘forever’ & are often used as minibuses for this reason. She has power steering so is nice & easy to drive.


– Lots of wood, quirky features & ingenious storage

– Double & single fixed beds with very comfy memory foam mattresses

– Handmade wooden table & 2 bench seats with lift-up lids for storage

– Table folds down & benches convert to a sofa

– Hunter Hawk 4KW woodburning stove

– Wardrobe with rail (for your rainbow gladrags!)

– Solid oak worktops

– 4-burner Smev hob & oven/grill (top-of-the-range)

– Dometic 3-way fridge – gas/12v/mains (fully serviced summer 2019)

– Good size enamel sink & draining board, with pumped water to tap*

– Morco D-61B water heater*

– Shower room with space for porta potti

– Smoke & carbon monoxide alarms, plus LPG gas detector

– Inbuilt lighting & speakers

– Sony FM/MW/LW/DAB radio with CD player( (a bit temperamental)/Aux in for mp3

– Big rooflight/airvent with insect screen

– Lots of baskets & drawers for storage

– Reclaimed wooden floor (from a school gym), pine walls & ceiling, fully insulated.



– Roof-mounted solar panel keeps leisure battery topped up

– Door-mounted Thule cycle rack (2 bikes) – new in 2019

– Large volume stainless steel freshwater tank*

– Water filler cap

– Mains electric hook-up socket

– Pull-out step on passenger side

– Full set of brand new tyres

In the ‘garage’

– 19 Kg propane gas bottle  (for fridge & oven/hob) in secure locker

– 115Ah leisure battery (new july 2019)

– SHURflo water pump*

– Solar control panel

– Large bespoke damp-proof awning

– Mains hook-up lead

– Lots of storage space for tools, levelling blocks, firewood etc.

* These items are not currently in use as we prefer to use spring water/boil a kettle/have a wash/have extra storage space – but can easily be recommissioned.

If the work was done, Ruby would be worth about £10,000.

Allowing for expenditure estimated, I will be asking £7,000 ono.

I have all original receipts, manuals & paperwork from the conversion, as well as garage/MOT documents for the past 14 years.

We have had so many wonderful & glorious adventures with Ruby & would love for her to have many more with the right companion. Is she calling you??

Please get in touch with any questions & I can send more pictures on request.

Much love & rainbow blessings to all, Emily Xx

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