From VW Campervans to Vintage Caravans
Campervans to vintage caravans, from a passion to a business….
It was the Summer of 2013 and after a rather unpleasant stay in hospital I decided I wanted to change a few things about my life. I have always had a mad, crazy passion for VW Splitscreen Campervans, not just for aesthetic reasons, but there is something very appealing to me about the lifestyle of owning one. Being able to escape the rat race and disappear on a road trip, explore and just basically spend more time in nature, discovering what this country has to offer, just really resonates with me. I have always been a bit of a ‘hippy chick’, and feel very at ease and at home with that era. I would love to spend summer just rolling around the countryside, family in tow, doing what we want and when we want. I am still holding onto that dream!
Ticket to ride
I spend quite a bit of time perusing eBay, realising that in the short term at least, unless some inheritance appeared out of nowhere from a long lost relative, or I won the lottery, which just wouldn’t happen, (buying a ticket would help), I may just have to find an alternative…so, loving all things vintage and retro, I noticed that old classic caravans were becoming extremely popular, and that people are renovating them into their own vans to suit what use they wanted them for. So I guess this is when I spotted an opportunity. I suddenly realised that this is what I wanted to do. I had just spent the previous 2 years completing a degree in Sports Massage Therapy, and I was suddenly prepared to let all this go? Bonkers perhaps, mid life crisis? (I think I am old enough!), who knows. I was willing to take the risk.
Retro rocket, lighter pocket!
I started to look around more seriously, with a view to buying a vintage caravan. I ended up with a 1980’s De Rue Belgian caravan which I bought on eBay from a guy in Skegness. It was a cool and very retro, still had all its original features but on closer inspection it was riddled with damp. Aside from the damp issues, I was unsure deep down as to whether I had bought my dream van. I decided to sell her on.
The Classic Cheltenham Caravans
I carried on searching for the caravan which I knew would knock me off my feet, and be most suitable for what I had in mind. I found her, I fell in love with the Cheltenham caravans, particularly the Fawn and Sable models. After visiting a couple of vans which were for sale, they were just in such a bad state I wanted something in as good a condition as possible for her age. February 2014 I found her. She was as ‘mint’ as one could be at a grand old age of 46! Plus she had already had a respray! I felt much more confident I could work with this van, she had much more going for her, so I brought her home. She sat on my drive, and I sat on my drive, in her, drinking lots of tea (for hours) deciding what I wanted to do to her and where I wanted to go. Plans were drawn up, designs, consultations, meetings, more tea, website designers, bank managers, caravan renovation specialists, interior designers.. I could go on. All this has led me to where I am today. So I would love to share with you my love for vintage caravans, letting people from all walks of life enjoy her in lots of ways, feeling proud she has been restored and kept alive for what I hope many more years to come. She has been a real labour of love, and worth the wait in getting her finished, she sure is going to be a head turner.