To get around on your own wheels, you need a vehicle. In 2007, the couple discovered their motor home in an advertisement: an all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz LA 911, manufactured in 1977 in Wörth am Rhein, used by the German Federal Border Police, upgraded by a subsequent owner into an expedition vehicle with camper shell, single tyres and additional tanks.
When Sabine Hoppe and Thomas Rahn came across the "short-nose truck" (the name commonly given to this type of vehicle, which was available from Mercedes-Benz for more than 30 years), it already had a name: Paula. Paula accompanied the adventurous duo through 54 countries on five continents. On the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia, the camper shell afforded them protection from a cold and frosty night at an altitude of 3600 metres.