I have wanted to own a camper van for some time. I would love to be able to use it for surfing trips in Cornwall and Devon. I would also love to have one to travel with. Europe is a tempting destination for me, and travelling around Europe with a camper van really appeals to me.
Most camper vans, such as VW’s, are expensive, un-economical and difficult to maintain. What I would prefer is a van, such as a Form Transit, that has been converted with some basic features. Nothing much, just some comfortable seats, a bed, stove and water facilities. I would use it in warm conditions and would shower with a solar shower.
After much thinking I have decided to buy a van soon, like a Transit, and do some work to it. My dad has recently retired and has offered to help.
I intend to insulated the van and line it with wood. I hope to cover the walls and ceiling in a light coloured vinyl, and use laminate wood for the floor. Hopefully I will be able to use my futon as the seating and bed. This will allow the van to be emptied and used for moving items. I would also create a cupboard the contains a gas stove & grill, with the gas bottle hidden beneath. Also would be small sink bowl, powered by a hand pump using a basic water container.
Next step… find a van