Caravan conversion: A couple transforms an old DHL van into a £15k dream house.
CARAVAN conversions are an excellent alternative for Brits looking for a cheap vacation vehicle. The value of one couple’s old DHL van, which they paid little over £2,000 for, has skyrocketed.
Caravans and motorhomes are becoming more popular as holiday options for Britons.
It’s not just about staying in the UK either. The van life is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom.
An old DHL van was turned into a dream camper by a couple who spent nine months traveling over Europe in it.
Tom Lake and Caitlin Green spent six months restoring an old delivery van in front of Tom’s Manchester home.
The pair saved money by doing all of the conversion themselves, and with a little innovative thinking, they were able to keep costs low.
The DHL van was transformed from an empty shell with holes in the walls and rust into a dwelling.
It now has a living room, a double bed, a small kitchen, and an outdoor solar shower.
It also features a solar panel on the roof to help it be more environmentally friendly.
“We spent a little over £2,100 inside,” Tom remarked.
They used existing door frames for wood to keep costs down.
The bed was created from an old ping pong table and a Freecycle mattress.
The couple spent six months converting the van into a house.
Given that neither of them had any prior construction experience, this was an incredible achievement.
Tom claimed to have some construction skills but had never done any DIY, whilst Caitlin claimed to know “nothing about construction” other from “some woodworking, sewing, and crafts.”
The van was completed in six months, and the pair left their employment to travel.
Unfortunately, the epidemic struck, and things did not proceed as planned.
They left in January 2020, spent a month in Croatia, and arrived in Greece in March, just as the world began to shut down.
They spent four months in Greece before traveling to Italy and France.
They didn’t have to spend much money when traveling because their van served as a tiny house.
They didn’t stay at any campgrounds and only spent £3,000 over the course of nine months.
The duo has started their own van renovation firm, Contour, with the vehicle now worth £15,000.
They are now “campervan furniture designers and manufacturers.”
They stated they enjoyed working on the conversion so much that they started a company to assist others do the same. “Brinkwire News Summary.”