For a year, we called our yellow campervan our house. Our home on wheels, build by ourselves. Bringing us to beautiful places. The van was our shelter for rain and cold, it felt as a cozy home. On this page you can find more about our van and the build. Here, you can find more about travelling in a campervan.
Renault Trafic v313
During the search for the perfect van, we only had two requirements for the car. It has to be affordable and has a 4×4 system. As you might understand, this made the search very narrow. Most 4×4 vans are pretty expensive. So when we found the yellow Renault Trafic on the internet, we fell in love instantly. The van is built in 1991 and used as an air traffic control van on Schiphol airport. A Dutch-Moroccan man bought the van and drove it to Morocco every summer. The last couple of years the van has been rusting away in an old shed, somewhere in the countryside of the Netherlands. The van was drivable, but very very shabby. But we bought in anyway and started to fix the van and build the inside in a DIY garage in Amsterdam.
The inside of the van
The yellow van we bought didn’t look like a camper. In nine months we completely changed the inside
and made it into a small campervan. Mattias did most of the work and Anniek helped wherever she could. We made small progress, and after a couple of months the van started to look like a camper. The bed, kitchen and storages were build. We also made a small pop top to be able to be registred as a campervan, to get discount on our yearly tax. In the front we build storage under and in between the chairs. After months of working on the van we started to make little trips to the countryside. The inside is a bit different than other small campers. We have an expandable bed on the one side and a big cabinet on the other side. We have a lot of storage under the bed. The kitchen is at the back of the van, so for preparing lunches and dinner we mainly cook outside. When its too cold or too rainy we can also cook from the inside. We’ve got a solar panel for our lights and to charge our phones and laptops. The passenger seat can be turned, so we have a nice and cosy living room. The inside of the van is very small, but because is such a multi functional space, it is perfect to live in and travel around for a year.
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