Eur ’19 | Vanning in France!

Our time driving through France was cut in two by a couple of days spent in and around Geneva. The first part we were heading south, crossing the border out of Luxembourg and driving down through places like Besançon and Arbois. The second part, starting in the Jura Mountains, saw us drive northeast to Calais,…

Eur ’19 | Chateau de Pierrefonds

Continuing our journey North-west, our next notable stop-off was Chateau de Pierrefonds. It had been recommended to us and we had just watched the ultra-cheesy BBC series, Merlin, so it came up at just the right time. As we approached and drove into the small town of Pierrefonds we caught glimpses of the magnificent castle…

Eur ’19 | At the mercy of the French… and thank goodness!

Somewhere between the Jura Mountains and Dijon our relaxed, care-free and uneventful trip took a turn for the worse. We were cruising along, enjoying the sun and music as we coasted through small towns and villages, all slumbering on this Sunday afternoon. Turning off at a small junction on the outer edge of a small…

Eur ’19 | Arriving in Dunkirk

The van was packed and ready to go and as soon as we finished work we were out of the Lake District and on the M6. We had flexible ferry tickets which gave us a three day window to catch a boat but we wanted to maximise our time away – ergo, not spend an…

#25 Building the Bed!

As mentioned in the previous post about building the bulkhead we had to work out our measurements to tie in perfectly with both pieces of furniture. We knew the width and length we were going for and just needed to decide upon the height before we could start. We started with the main frame, but…

#24 The Bookcase/Bulkhead Frame

Right back at the beginning of this project, day 2 I believe, we decided to remove the bulkhead from the van (bit.ly/7Bulkhead) – it was an easy job which gave us some additional space and a lot more light. The plan was to build a half bulkhead, just behind the driver’s seat, which would house…

#23 The Van Has Electrics!

Over the last few weeks we have been working on the bulkhead, the bed and the electrics intermittently – instead of the chronological events, they will each have a post of their own – starting with the electrics! First things first, 12v electrics aren’t too difficult to get your head around. Be patient and do…

#22 And Up Goes The Ceiling!

A quick fix on the pillar trims and then we moved on to the ceiling, covering it, fitting the lights and securing it in place! At the very beginning of the project, one of our first jobs was to remove the metal bulkhead from the van (http://bit.ly/7Bulkhead) it was an easy job and made it…

#21 Stringing up the Ceiling & Cutting Ceiling Ply

Today we came up with a solution to our bulky ceiling insulation problem and measured and cut out our ceiling ply panels, ready to be covered in material and secured in place. Stringing up the ceiling Since we redid it, the ceiling insulation had stayed up no problem, however as the recycled plastic wool had…

Scottish Borders: Downpours Like No Other!

On our return walk from Dryhope Tower, this time taking the route we should have taken rather than meandering through the wildflowers, the clouds stopped looking ominous in the distance but loomed over us threateningly. We were too much in holiday mode to hurry so we sauntered back nonchalantly as though it was still a…