PROJECT VAN: T5 Van build update

It’s been so long since I’ve given you an update on our VW transporter van build, that I actually can’t remember where I need to pick the story up for you. We ticked loads of the big bits off the wish-list over the summer – the rock ‘n’ roll pull-out bed (back seat that turns into a double bed) got fitted at the end of May, so that finally all four of us could travel in the van together. A total game changer. Ben’s worked hard getting the electrics in place – he’s gone for a split charge relay which…

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DIY felt flower garland

One thing I’ve wanted from the moment we bought Algie the campervan is one of those tacky floral garland lei things that campervan owners hang from their rear view mirrors. Except that when Algie arrived, he didn’t even have a rear view mirror (because he didn’t have rear windows at that point), so there was nowhere to hang one anyway! And then the van had rear windows and a rear view mirror, but Ben dropped the bombshell that he didn’t want a lei hanging in the van. Some weeks later I have made an executive decision that his aversion to a…

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PROJECT VAN: New floor update

Not the most beautiful of posts I’m afraid, but I’ve had to accept that sharing our van build project to convert a VW T5 panel van into a camper van isn’t always going to be pretty! I’ve got a bit behind with sharing our progress here (check out Algie the van’s instagram feed for more up-to-date reports), but the new floor going down was a landmark moment, so I had to record it. We don’t want the van to feel too caravan-like (!), so we’re trying to go for options that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a standard camper conversion. The flooring…

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Project Van: Our VW T5 camper conversion

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we made an incredibly exciting (and rather terrifying) purchase a few weeks ago. This is our new (to us) VW T5, and I still can’t quite believe it’s ours! We’ve day-dreamed about owning our own camper van for years, but I don’t think either of us ever really thought it would actually happen. But it has. Ben’s car completely died on us, and this rather accelerated the whole thing, and we are now the very proud owners of a 2014 T5 Transporter. The van has been named – Algie (short for…

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