Since our last post the van’s come along leaps and bounds, plus Naomi passed her driving test so we can actually take it out. It probably would have been sensible to be able to drive before we bought it, but we do love adventures.
The bed’s in, the counter’s up (after violently falling over as we drove round the first corner because we forgot to attach it to the floor), and we’ve cut a couple of new holes in the roof, which surprisingly haven’t leaked yet. The electric fan even works! (Not that we’ve got a leisure battery to run it).
We successfully built a ‘kitchen’ cupboard above the cab, put up the ceiling and installed the wiring for the lights. The bed has loads of storage underneath, and a built in table – Naomi even made the extendable legs, using a metal grinder (without a mask) and a broken clothes rail. The kitchen counter’s made of wood from the local sawmill, and it smells really good. Plus it lifts up to reveal the sunken sink underneath.
Next we need to finish panelling the back doors, put down some lino and get some solar panels. We also need to panel the sliding door, but at the moment the only way to lock it is to jab at it with a screwdriver so we’ll have to leave that for the moment.
It’ll do for now though; we spent our first ‘vanlife’ night in a quiet car park in town, trying to make our heater work and wondering what to do for dinner as we’d forgotten the cooker. It was an icy night, but we have so many blankets from family and friends we avoided frostbite and managed to play a round of Gin Rummy, with gloves on.
Hopefully we’ll be heading off for some proper touring in the summer; until then we’ll be living between places, spending weekends on Dartmoor and trying not to set ourselves on fire with the heater.