Recently, we made quite a significant change in our lives. We said a very sad goodbye to the KOB, our trusty VW Golf that made our adventures possible for the last year and a half... followed by an apprehensive yet excited 'hello' to our new VAN (name pending). The KOB went as a wedding present for some friends, and is currently awaiting it's makeover in the form of astro-turf and faux wood panelling. We can't think of a better home for it. And as for the van, it's looking quite different from the half ply-lined panel van we bought home.
The conversion has been a bit manic; we didn't have nearly enough time for what we thought we needed, and everything took much longer than we had planned for. Such is life. We still have some odds and ends to tidy up, some larger than others, but we're proud of our rudimentary camping car. We recycled as much as we could in the conversion process, using scraps of wood and ply, insulation from a skip and some kindly-donated bed slats. We fitted a window and a vent which have been invaluable, but were, at the time, processes bordering on the traumatising. And we spent half the building time cross-headed and fuzzy-eyed trying to realise our slightly over-elaborate plans (although that could have been the carpet glue).
As stressful as it may have been, squeezing in insufficient hours at the end of working days, spending weekends filling our lungs with sawdust and aerosol glue, as soon as we pulled the bed out for the first night's sleep and it actually worked, it all seemed worth it.