The Ballard Family

The Ballards are a family of 4 from Lincoln, always on the search for adventure.

The Ballard Family

“Modern life with jobs and family commitments often means that we’re not getting the most out of the things that are important to us and life is short! So, we decided to jump out of the rat race and live life a little differently for a year…

“We’re sold our home and nearly all of our possessions to live life on the road in our new Compass Avantgarde motorhome!.. And we want to take people on the journey with us. We want to share everything to show everyone it is possible, even with a young family.”

The Ballard Family in front of their Compass Avantgarde Motorhome5 year old Rufus Bollard pointing at the Avantgarde badge

Mum Mel, Dad Scott and kids Rufus (5) and Riley (nearly 2) have just taken delivery of their new Compass Avantgarde 196 from Kimberley Caravans Darlington and are headed off on the adventure of a lifetime through Europe – on a roadtrip taking in historic cities, national parks, hidden beaches and mountain views.

The Colosseum, RomePlitvice Lakes National Park, CroatiaSintra Beach, PortugalSchynige Platte, SwitzerlandBollard children Rufus and Riley walking in a forest

The Compass Avantgarde 196 is well-suited to their family, with both a front and rear lounge and an electric drop down bed, with 3 sleeping areas for up to 6 people in total!

Compass Avantgarde 196 LayoutCompass Avantgarde 196 Bedroom Layout

The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking on-the-go and experimenting with foodie finds from the local markets on their travels.

Compass Avantgarde 196 Kitchen LayoutFrench market stall selling apples and figs

The on-board bathroom is complete with shower, basin and toilet, so the Ballards can be spontaneous and enjoy a mix of campsite and wild camping in total comfort.

Compass Avantgarde 196 Bathroom Layout

Here at Compass we’ve added on a few extras to make a year-long adventure even better: Cab air conditioning, passenger air bag, Cruise Control, Fiamma 4-bike rack, rear view system, Winter Pack, cab blinds, alarm system, Tracker, microwave, external gas barbecue point and Alloy wheels.

We’ve also added a Gaslow system, which we recommend for long-term overseas travel.

The Ballard family touring the Elddis factory

The Ballards have been up to the factory several times: first to visit the factory and meet our team on our motorhome production line to see how their motorhome is built; then to our Factory Open Weekend in September to take a full Factory tour and see the new 2020 Season line-up, including their Avantgarde 196. We were delighted to meet up at Christmas, too, when they presented us with a fabulous Compass motorhome cake!

The Elddis team surprised with a Compass Motorhome cake

The Ballards – aka Marmalade Tour - are thrilled to be blogging for Compass and will be sharing their updates and videos on all Social Media channels.

Follow their journey, which will include advice on motorhome life and travelling with children – and if you’re thinking of a similar adventure – chat with the Ballards about their experiences as they go!