DIY Campervan Conversion: Before & After Photos
To independently road trip a country guarantees you a perspective that just isn’t possible by travelling on public transport. For years now, my bucket list has contained the item ‘drive a campervan around Australia’. The dream has always been to do it as cheaply as possible, in a cosy and comfortable self-converted camper. It’s lucky then, that my partner is an engineer because actually, I am the least handy and practically-skilled person you will ever meet. It’s also lucky that Dave wants to travel Australia by campervan just as much as I do, as this joint dream is what has led to the four-month adventure trip we are about to commence, in our very own DIY campervan.
When we first bought our van, Roma (see what I did there 😉), in April 2017, she was not in a good state. Having come from a life as a backup vehicle for tradies, chauffeuring them from job to job, Roma was very dirty, dusty, and drab.
However, Roma was also clearly a reliable van with a great mileage, and although her previous owner had been too busy to give her a clean, he had serviced her well. In terms of finding a van that would make a nearly 13,000km journey around the country with little mechanical issues, she was a winner. To make Roma our own cost us just $1600 total – it was an obvious bargain.
Once we were the proud owners of a van, the hard work began; tearing out the carpet, removing tooling shelves, and starting the deep clean process. I’m going to write entirely separate posts on how to convert a campervan yourself, which will include step-by-step tutorials to each part of the transformation process. For now though, I’ll just skip ahead five months to August 2017, and the result of hours of designing, building, and decorating.
Meet the new and improved, Roma…
She’s beautiful, right?!
I’m going to publicly thank Dave here for being such a whizz and making our vision of the ultimate campervan home a reality.
As of October 2017, the Australian road trip will begin, and I will be sharing lots of blog posts about every single aspect of our travels. From what you’ll need, and how much it costs to convert your own campervan, to documenting our experiences in dreamy Australian destinations like the Kimberley Region, the gorges of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef (we’ll probably have to do this one by boat, for obvious reasons), Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, Sydney Harbour, the Great Ocean Road, and every single little place in between. When I say document, I mean honest insight into #vanlife; the highs and the lows.
So, if you’ve already got questions about our transformation of Roma, like ‘How did you make the sofa-bed?’, or ‘Where will you store all of your clothes?’, go ahead and send them to me so I can answer as many as possible in upcoming posts.
Let me know what you think of Roma in the comments below! All feedback will be passed along to her 😜