Presenting… our diy campervan

Well the deadline was Christmas, and apart from a few final tweaks, our campervan is finished. YAY!

The festive corner

Fridge nicely stocked

We still need to finish some edging, paint the inside of the back door and make some tiebacks (ribbon will do for now, in keeping with the season) but this can all wait until the Christmas break.

Of course I’m biased, but I think Paul has done a stunning job – the van is unrecognisable from its days as a minibus and I can’t wait for lots of campervanning mini-breaks.

And the maiden voyage is not far off; we’ve booked one night on North Stradbroke Island at a beachside campsite called Adder Rock. We’re hoping the name is not prophetic, but just in case we’ll be requesting a pitch far from any rocks.

We’ll let you know how it goes. Merry Christmas everyone!

21 thoughts on “Presenting… our diy campervan

    • Thanks very much Darren! The fridge is great, really spacious – we had to replace most of the wine with a slightly less liquid diet though sadly!


    • Thanks Neil – it was great to have a break away from my unpicker, although Paul was suffering withdrawal symptoms from his drill, he didn’t know what to do with himself!

  1. WOW, WOW and WOW!
    What a fantastic job both you and Paul have done to the campervan.
    I’m sure you’ll both have many fabulous weekends away (especially if you take that amount of champers away each time!)
    We’re looking forward to seeing you both over the festive holiday.
    Merry Christmas to you both.

    • Thanks Richard! We did crack open a bottle of champagne over the bonnet when we arrived, I might suggest we turn that into a tradition at the start of every trip! See you soon.

  2. Reblogged this on earthjive and commented:
    A brilliant campervan conversion by a couple in QLD. I will be referring back to this blog regularly to see how they did things. If Kevan turns out even half as good as this, I will be beaming with pride! It won’t be as posh though, they have a proper fridge, stovetop with an extractor fan, proper curtain railings, proper wooden floorboards and a wooden benchtop, and a BATHROOM! Kevan just isn’t that big. Thank you Rachel & Paul for sharing your wisdom.

  3. Just WOW! What an amazing job you guys have done..,.I want one! lol Love the colours you have used and the stripes are fab. Well done Mark 🙂

  4. Hey Rach and Paul… erm, wow. Anyway, we’ve just bought a Hiace, older than what your was and much tattier than what your was, but we reckon we can clean it up. We got two young kids, so we’re getting seats fitted in etc….

    Can’t see any reference in the blog, but what is the glossy partitioning made of here in this pic?



    • Hi Drew – thanks for your comments, I’m sure you’ll have great fun with two kids in there as well. For the partition doors – and for all the white gloss sections – we cut down some ‘pantry doors’ which are sold in Bunnings (I thought we bought the entire stock at our local store). It turned out to be a cheap and readily available form of gloss MDF.

  5. Hi Rachael & Paul – a fantastic job! I’m looking at doing the same sort of thing with the exact vehicle, but likely nowhere near your quality!

    Haven’t bought the van (KDH223R Commuter) yet, but I’m having a devil of a job trying to get an idea of internal dimensions! I need to plan my bits and pieces which I want to install, and if you guys have measurements of the seat-less interior, that would be a great help to me!

    If you have internal dimension data, I would be so grateful!

    Best wishes, MM!

    • Hi there – oh, I’m sorry – it seems I didn’t actually blog about the dimensions so can’t find any record now of what they were. Hope someone else can help, enjoy the planning!

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