So after what seems an eternity searching for a van, I finally I have my hands on my new self build camper project: a 2008 Vauxhall Movano medium wheelbase hi-top. In this blog post and video I will give you a little introduction to the van which is to become a hive of activity over the coming weeks and months.
I was looking for a particular kind of van. Firstly, it needed to be a high top, as I wanted to be able to stand in the back of it. I didn't really want a long wheelbase, as I didn't want the hassle of driving a really long van in the lanes of Devon and Cornwall - but I didn't want a short wheelbase, as there wouldn't be enough room. So ideally I was looking for a medium wheelbase high top van.
I spent over 2 months looking for a new van. Nothing I found was exactly right for what I needed. All the camper conversions were very high mileage, and crazy prices too - just because it had a self built conversion in the back.
So I started to resign myself to looking for empty vans, and doing the conversion myself. This way I can get exactly what I need in the back of the van. In the middle of February 2016, a van popped up locally on Gumtree, so went to had a look. It was pretty much what I was looking for, and put down a deposit straight away - and here it is:
And here are the van specs:
- Vauxhall Movano MWB Hi-Top
- 2.5 CDTI diesel engine
- 93,000 miles
- Full service history
- 6 Speed Gearbox
- Internal load length: 3.2 metres (approx)
- Internal load width: 1.8 metres (approx)
The van is completely bare on the inside, and it came with ply lining on the walls and floor. So I have a blank canvas on which to build my campervan interior, but its going to be a lot of hard work over the coming weeks and months.
I am going to be doing the conversion on a budget, and I am hoping to use reclaimed materials whenever I can. I have an idea of how I want it to look inside, but lets see if it turns out that way! 🙂