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Parents who failed to find a camper-van for their family's needs put their engineering heads together to create the dream van conversion.

Broadcast systems engineer, Jack Richens, 37, transformed a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter with his partner - and the brains behind the project - Lucy Hedges, a 38-year-old sound engineer.

The end result is an innovative motorhome where a family of four can sleep, dine and unwind during adventurous holidays on the road.

Jack Richens, 37, and his partner, Lucy Hedges, 38, transformed a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter (left) into an innovative motorhome where a family of four can sleep, dine and unwind during adventurous holidays on the road

Richens said: 'The base vehicle was a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter with 78, 000 miles on the clock, which I picked up for £8, 000- an absolute bargain'

Richens said: 'There really weren't any van conversions available that suited our requirements. We saw countless vans that looked amazing but were simply not practical.

'The whole thing about building your own van is that you can tailor it precisely to your requirements and taste.

'We built a van for a family of four to have adventures in and the main remit was that, if necessary, we could spend days on end inside the van with two hyper kids and still enjoy ourselves.

'We've not killed each other yet and it also looks rather nice.'

The Oxford-based family now prefer the vehicle to their own house, which Richens had previously saved up money for by sleeping in his old Post Office van.

Richens claims the expense of the van conversion was money well spent for a house-on-wheels tailored to their every need for a life on the road - and in the driveway.

He said: 'The base vehicle was a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter with 78, 000 miles on the clock, which I picked up for £8000 - an absolute bargain.

The Oxford-based family now prefer the vehicle to their own house, which Richens had previously saved up money for by sleeping in his old Post Office van

Richens claims the expense of the van conversion was money well spent for a house-on-wheels tailored to their every need for life on the road - and in the driveway

'We spent months searching high and low and eventually it paid off. The main expense on the interior was the seats, which came to about £2, 500 all fitted. The electrical and heating system another £2, 000 and the rest on timber, fittings, insulation' Richens said

'We spent months searching high and low and eventually it paid off. The main expense on the interior was the seats, which came to about £2, 500 all fitted.

'The electrical and heating system another £2, 000 and the rest on timber, fittings, insulation. The list is very long.

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