Model: Mercedes-Benz 407 H T2 “Düsseldorfer”
Engine: 2L Diesel OM 615
Weight: 4 tons
We actually bought this bus at the same time that we bought our Volkswagen LT. Philipp had been searching for a bus for us on Ebay, and happened to bid on both of these auctions. He bid so little that he hardly expected to win one of them, let alone both. But win he did. So we took a multi-day trip to pick up first the LT, and then the Düsseldorfer, and then back home, each of us in our own van. At the time, we planned to restore the LT and sell the DD, since the LT was in better shape. But after we came back from traveling with the LT, we decided we needed more room, and the Mercedes bus had grown on us. So we dusted it off and started restoration. It had about a billion stickers on it when it came to us, and a ton of rust. Bringing it back to life took forever, not helped by the fact that I had to fly back to NY right in the middle of the process, which left Philipp alone with all the work. He seriously toiled. When he was done, the thing was hardly recognizable. Totally redone outside and inside, solar panel added on the back, and a new paint job. This bus was home to us for nine months while we traveled through Austria, Switzerland and Italy for nine months with our two motorcycles in the hanger. It wasn’t easy getting through the Alps with a 4 ton vehicle towing two 900cc motorcycles with only 55 horsepower, if the engine even still had that much power, which I doubt. But somehow we made it through. We loved this bus. The roof windows were my favorite part. They let in so much sunlight, and at night you could see the stars.The only downside was that we had zero toilet in there, which made staying in big cities a bit complicated. But we adapted. This bus really felt like home.