#10 Conduit, Wall Battens and Insulation

Today we tackled the wall battens, put the conduit in place and started on the recycled wool insulation.  It was a long day, or at least it felt that is was, as we ended on the first problem we have encountered during the build thus far. The day started at our local timber merchants, getting…

#9 Pallet-wrecking, Floor Battens and Temperamental Hazards

Since we got the van we had noticed the hazard lights were a little temperamental, occasionally they would work but more often than not, they wouldn’t. We weren’t too worried about this as we are still in the warranty period, we would get it seen to professionally if it continued. However after a little internet…

#8 Ceiling, Stubborn Screws and Lifting The Floor

The first part of the day was finishing off the previous day’s job. The lower inside panels had been sprayed with a thick, sticky grease-like substance; it had coated the panels and collected in all the lower nooks and crannies. It needed to be removed before we could stick the sound deadening on, so at…

#6 Our Van Has Windows

First main job is done – the van has windows! We did an online search for campervan window installation in our area and three businesses popped up. The plan – call them all, get quotes and book in with whichever seemed the best. This sounds remarkably simple but in actuality it took several days to…

#5 The First Look Around

Having booked the van in to get windows fitted, it was requested that we removed any ply lining before taking it in. Our first day was essentially doing this and having a poke around, seeing what’s what. From what we could see the ply was all in fantastic condition, but you never really know what…

#4 The Project Begins

Well, in a week’s time – just as soon as we get back from our trip to Cornwall. The second van was a no go, something about an engine knocking; apparently it was going to be replaced the following week but at this point we decided to call it. We drove straight to the other…

#3 The Wintry Weekend

So, first to business… We only got to see one of the two vans this weekend, the other had been sent off for a body work polish. Apparently the previous owner was a painter/decorator and there were remnants of his work around the handles – we assume this had put others off and the garage…

#2 A Weekend Away With An Ulterior Motive

After sorting out the boring finances bit (a total lie, I am one of those people that loves a good spreadsheet) we moved swiftly into the perusing stage. I have to admit we spend a lot of time on Auto Trader, and if not actually looking discussions around preferences, deal breakers and general van things…

#1 The Decision…

We are buying a van!   After years of camping around the the Lake District and Scotland, spending weeks living out the back of a car and our packs, we decided that the only sensible direction to move in is to buy a van. Something small and inconspicuous, something that will tuck away and help…