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Aileen and Ron Penfold with their luxury motorhome away from home.
Aileen and Ron Penfold with their luxury motorhome away from home. Allan Reinikka

TAKE a look at Ron and Aileen Penfold's luxury home away from home.

Their $500,000 motorhome is a roadworthy mansion.

Whenever they are on holidays, as they are in Rockhampton this week, Ron and Aileen try not to rough it too much.

Ron, a retired marine engineer, renovated their motorhome from an old coach the couple bought.

It took him about one year and $360,000 to refurbish the coach, which would retail for more than half a million dollars.

Inside there are individual reclining leather chairs for the driver and his passenger.

Aileen can use her laptop or watch the flat screen TV as they drive.

In the middle of the coach there is a small cocktail bar, stove, fridge, sink and microwave plus enough storage area for a pantry, bread maker and slow cooker.

A household-size air conditioner keeps the coach cool.

There's enough closet space for Aileen to have a drawer only for her shoes and the bedroom area sleeps two people.

The bathroom has the essentials: a toilet, shower and vanity, which connects to a laundry with a 4.5L washing machine and internal clothesline.

The couple's miniature car parks away in the back of the coach, which saves them towing a trailer behind.

Where luggage was once stored under the bus, Ron has installed a fold-away barbecue, a tool box and an outside sink.

It hides away the generator, the black and grey water storage and other systems that run the coach.

Ron and Aileen left their New South Wales home four weeks ago, arriving in Rockhampton this week for the national Campervan and Motorhome Club rally.

Aileen said their passion for motorhomes started when she got sick of staying in motels whenever they were on holidays.

“We had our honeymoon in a caravan,” Aileen said.

Across the Showgrounds is another camper, Linda McLeod, in her $19,000 campervan.

Linda's living the more compact camping style and for her first time she said she was enjoying it.

She left her Sunshine Coast home last Thursday and will stay in Rockhampton until Sunday.


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