I wonder how many people have bought a cheap old caravan to renovate, they’ve done a few minor modifications and away they go. Some folks plan a major renovation or perhaps a rebuild from the beginning.
Vintage vans seem to be a big thing at the moment and I have seen some beauties, a lot have kept the old world charm and style and others add a modern touch to their ‘older’ rigs.
Well here’s an couple of examples of the latter.
1# When I saw this 18’ Viscount (circa 1977) that my old mate had purchased, then heard the plans, I would not have believed it possible.
Silly me, because this bloke (let’s call him Patrick, because that’s his name) had previously rebuilt an old Red Cross Bus into a beautiful home away from home.
I think he has too much time on his hands.
Patrick added …
A queen size bed (with pillow top mattress).
Put in a shower and toilet with extraction fan and hand basin.
Found a good three way fridge and reverse cycle air-conditioner.
Fully insulated the van using polystyrene and wool batts.
Painted the roof with 3 coats of heat resistant / reflective paint.
Added three tv connections and a wind up arial.
A three burner gas stove, a range hood and a combo sink.
Battery, charger, fuse box, rewire and power points throughout.
Oh and circuit breakers
Electric brakes, new tyres and wheel trims, plus a spare.
Two new gas bottles and regulator, gas hot water service.
CD/Radio, plus lots of other ‘stuff’.
To add room, the table folds down and out come a couple of fold up chairs that could be used inside and out.
Oh, for those that are wondering he had all necessary electric, gas and legal requirements professionally signed off on.
By the way the van has been sold and Patrick is now onto his next project.
Nice work Patrick!
2# Reno by Cinnamon Jones
Cinnamon has done a great job transforming her van before heading off with three kids in tow for a couple of years around OZ.
Kid’s beds and wardrobes are behind the curtain and the map / panel folds down to a double bed.
Plenty of room for everyone and a perfect kid’s play area when they can’t head outside.
Well done Cinnamon!
If you are planning a renovation or a rebuild, please make sure that everything you add doesn’t take your van over it’s legal limit.
If any electrical, gas or plumbing work is required, get it done or signed off by a licenced professional.
Research and make contact to people with similar projects, you might get a few ideas and perhaps some short cuts and savings.
After you’ve finished a rebuild, it’s probably a good idea to take it to a good van service centre for a safety check.