Home is where your van is parked.

Ein roter Mercedes-Benz 613 D steht am Strand unter Palmen

The travel bug made a Dutch couple emigrate to Sweden in the first place and then caused them not to settle down there permanently either.

A Shiba Inu and a Mercedes-Benz 613 D as travel companions.

In most cases, it is not particularly problematic to travel from Spain to Morocco with a dog. But when you are planning a journey, you should also look at how to get back home. And crossing the border on your return journey with a dog as a travel companion can be complicated. Therefore, Michel and Brenda Muys will have to pay a visit to the vet today in order to obtain a health certificate for Stig. The Shiba Inu loves to accompany them on their tours across Europe and, starting from tomorrow, he will travel to Africa for the first time with them, too. However, the two native-born Dutch people do not travel with Stig alone, but with a bright red Mercedes-Benz 613 D from the year 1981.

A dog next to a red Mercedes-Benz 613 D in a natural environment

Stig, the dog, and Sam, the motorhome.

Sam’s second spring begins in winter.

The Muys named their Mercedes Sam and accepted it as a “family member” in August 2017. In the following three months, they refurbished the aging van which, even though it had been a camper in previous days, was only equipped with a single bed. Their first tour took place in December when they travelled across Spain for six weeks. And this tour had a profound impact on the Muys. “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The couple wanted more.

A man is refurbishing the interior of a camper van

A new home is created.

Your own little house on four wheels.

Michel and Brenda are running a guest house in the Swedish locality of Arvika. For more than two years, they were busy converting the old school building into a comfortable holiday accommodation with 33 beds. However, taking care of a hostel all year long was difficult to reconcile with their desire to spend more time travelling. Therefore, the couple decided to open their house for guests during the summer months only and to travel southwards with Sam and Stig during wintertime. Since then, the Muys have covered a distance of 17,500 kilometres and visited six different countries. For them it is a great privilege to earn money during the summer in order to go travelling during the winter. And living with Sam is actually more luxurious than could be suspected at first glance: a 240 Ampere solar panel on the roof and a Wi-Fi aerial provide energy and ensure good reception.

Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
A man and a woman are sitting in a camper van

Michel and Brenda enjoy life to the full.

A van serving as an attention-getter.

Michel and Brenda chose the 613 D because on the one hand, with the OM 352 it has a very powerful and reliable engine and on the other, with a gross vehicle weight of 6,500 kilograms, it is not too heavy to head for smaller villages with entry restrictions.

The Muys are also pleased that thanks to Sam they are increasingly drawing attention to themselves. “We are getting many ‘thumbs up’ and looks of appreciation on our journey through Europe.” They also win people’s favour because the visual appearance of the 613 D makes people dream of distant times. Michel and Brenda prefer dreaming of the near future, the Silk Road or the Pacific Crest Trail in the US – with Sam and Stig at their side, of course.

A man is sitting in front of a red van and looks at the mountains

Home is where your van is parked.

A view of the living area of a motor home

A double bed has been installed in the camper van, which was originally designed for one person.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Michel und Brenda Muys

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