You heard me but I’ll say it again… we have our first caravan already! Not even 3 months since we started our project to buy a campervan/caravan to live in full time. Don’t get me wrong, the isn’t ‘The One’ but it’s a huge step in the right direction!
We have been watching eBay, Gumtree, Preloved and any other selling site you can think of. We saw a few great vans (& some not so great ones) but couldn’t afford to buy them with what we have in our kitty, not even the ones that were falling apart. So we asked on local Facebook pages and the Freecycle site. Bingo! Within a week we were offered 2 different vans 🙂
The first we viewed was amazing. It was the ‘bubble’ shape we wanted, had beautiful (intact) glass windows and was a gorgeous mint green colour. It was so close to the picture I had in my head for our first caravan. But there was some damage to the exterior (so the inside would follow if we weren’t very quick to repair) and it was just that little bit bigger than what I had imagined. Now this wouldn’t have put us off if we had space to store it while we were working on the renovation but, we have the smallest driveway, so we have to be careful with what we take on.
While we were asking friends if they had somewhere we could put it to work on another lovely couple contacted us to say we could have their old caravan, if we wanted it. It was very local so we popped over for a look…
It wasn’t the shape we wanted… the windows, though intact, were plastic and it’s a very 80’s brown and mustard colour scheme. The walls are rotten in places and the floor is a little spongy.
Have I painted a bad enough picture of it yet? No? Well maybe this will help…
The moment I set eyes on it I just knew it had to be mine. I looked at my partner, Dale, and he just rolled his eyes! I can’t even begin to explain the feeling of excitement that grabbed me from across that field – and still does every time I look at this photo!
By the time we’ve finished it will be a luxurious escape in a tiny space! I’m trying not to think about colour schemes and cute homely touches, before we pull up the rotten floor and peel back the walls but it’s SO DAMNED EXCITING!
Of course it’s going to cost a lot more than the £101 we have in the kitty as I type, but it has really spurred me on to double my efforts and really get stuck into this project now.
What do you think? Did we choose the right one? Would you want to take on this project? Let us know in the comments!