Meet hi-tech white van businessman
£250k mobile office
A UK businessman is stumping up a cool £250,000 for a hi-tech mobile office/home which will simultaneously feed his wanderlust and the requirements of his peripatetic business.
Ben Tristem, 28, jacked in his City job in 2003, sold his London flat and moved into a £50,000 camper van from which he and his partner Lizzie Bury have been running a retail agent business via the internet while roaming Britain's highways and byways.
But while their current vehicle boasts satellite comms and most of the comforts of modern living, Tristem is currently overseeing the construction of a new, all-singing, all-dancing superhome which will boast solar power, satellite broadband and a home cinema system - all controlled, of course, by a touch-screen system.
Tristem said: "We knew pretty much what we wanted. We like the simplicity of a motor home, the fact that we don't have so many material possessions. There's so much of a house that you don't use regularly. It's literally the case of putting the stuff away in cupboards and turning the ignition key."
The 12-ton beast is coming together at MCL Motorhomes in Wales. The company's boss Tym Williams enthused: "It's going to make quite a vehicle," before confirming that the couple's new motorised office complex should be ready to roll in June. ®