Camperstop Zampetas - Again a camper on the way to Iran

Camperstop Zampetas - And again a camper on the way to Iran

What we first noticed as a unique journey of a young couple with at least indeterminate finish, now shows almost like a fad: the camper tour to Iran. We had met with 7 camper-encounters on their way to Iran just during the last month, which leads our idea of uniqueness ad absurdum.

So the meeting with Udo, who owns a disused fire engine converted to a motor home and who is now is on the way too, leads to couple of discussions.

We had met Udo for the first time at the mountain station Priona at Olympus, where he had an extensively chat with Andrea and John, while we had walked the hiking tour to the refuge. The very next day there was another meeting on Rapsani Olympus Camper Stop, then again at the Camper-Stop Zampetas in Thessalonica. No wonder that we sat together several times and talked about many details of our experiences as well as about the future goals. Of course, we could also give some tips, because Udo's itinerary runs parallel to our tour as part of the project work in large parts.

Udo normally lives in Spain, but has been preparing himself for the extensive tour to Iran in recent years, when he initially purchased the disused fire brigade type Mercedes-Benz 709 double cabin LF8 pump 5-speed for a reasonable price in order to do installations for the usage as a camper. Only 14,000 km the vehicle had on its speedometer, which is really no mileage for the 86 hp diesel engine. In the form of a double cabin even more extensions for usage as camper caravan were noticed that were partly also "increased". Udo´s vehicle had come in it's original state, which in the interior means only 1.50 meters of ceiling height, so no real headroom. Nearly all original parts were obtained in the exterior of the vehicle, which carried a special authorization, which keeps prices for taxes and insurance low. Of course, the usage of lights had to be not only closed but also dressed up, which also applies to the siren.

The expansion was then made in sandwich construction, so that's at least a certain thermal insulation became available. Behind the shutters, the mounting elements are clearly visible. The interior contains all the areas which it necessary for a longer trip, so there is a wet room, a kitchen, the seating in the double cabin and the bedroom in the rear end of the vehicle. There is a solar water heater, which heats the domestic water for warm shower. More small details had been in Udo´s mind, but sure all installations so far had reached 7.000,- € already.

From Thessaloniki Udo will first travel to Istanbul to meet with his sister for a couple of days. Then he is planning to continue his journey to the Aegean region, as Udo wants to see some of the ancient cities like Ephesus, Priene, Nysa and Pergamon. Later, he will go to Central Anatolia since the southeast of Turkey, of course, currently appears to be uncertain. Udo has got his visa for Iran already, so that no further preparations are necessary in this regard.

We wished him all the best and hope for an interesting journey for him with hopefully the one or other feed back from him when he was leaving.

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