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Caravan Renovation Progress

Well, I just downloaded all the photos we’ve taken of the caravan renovation during our reno adventure. If you’ve been following along on Facebook, then you’ve likely been seeing updates pop up as we go, but simply because of the busy nature of trying to get the renovation done, I haven’t updated anything on the blog.

While the plan is, to post a chronological step through of what we’ve done; the irony is that until we’re done I just won’t have the time, so I’m posting a few pictures that highlight the process we’ve been through and are getting closer to finishing.

This is the original lounge, I need to find some more of the internals before we started stripping, then in the one below you can see Matt stripping out the internal wall lining, after he’d ripped out the kitchen and the lounge and old beds.

Caravan original lounge

stripping out caravan internal lining

There is so much work in stripping out just in order to put it all back together again, but we got it all stripped out, took out all the old wiring, part of the floor, and had a clean canvas to begin rebuilding.internal caravan strip out

Then there was re-wiring the entire van and deciding where we wanted our phone charging points, lights, stereo and other goodies to go. There is a LOT of wiring running in the van. We got heavy duty dual core so it should last forever and a day. You can see in the photo below, we’ve repained, and insulated as well by this reno before and after cupboards

caravan renovation re-wiring

Once many, many hours of work went in, we started to re-line the van.

caravan renovation lining walls

caravan renovation re-lining inside

After many, many more hours, we began to get to some of the detail work, we laid a new floor which I love. It feels and looks like old floorboards.

laying new floor, caravan renovating

It also included painting… the kids helped to do the undercoat, and then once all that was over we could begin constructing the furniture.

caravan reno painting

This is the new lounge in progress, it doesn’t have the dividing wall up in this picture, but you’ll see that in the next one down. It’s a big taller than the old one but we wanted storage space, and you just have to figure these things out as you go.

lounge rebuild viscount caravan

So, at the moment, we have the entire van lined, wired, painted and the bunks and lounge, and new dividing wall between the lounge and our bedroom installed. We have the kitchen and our bed to go.

caravan renovation

The triple bunks are mostly finished, just some cosmetic work to do, the kids love them and I can’t blame them! It will be lovely for them to have their own space. We utilised the old cupboard to turn it into pigeon holes for them to store toys and goodies. We then created new pigeon holes at the entrance of the door to house the fire extinguisher and blanket, a speaker and charging point. It will be handy to store things like sunscreen, hats and things we need handy daily.

building triple caravan bunks


caravan renovation triple bunk

There’s so much we’ve done that hasn’t made it in here, including putting new springs and axle underneath, installing solar wiring and a new aerial, scraping the entire outside edging to be re-sealed, but I’ll do individual posts for those processes once we’re kicking back and enjoying what we’ve created.

This has been one of the most challenging but rewarding journeys of our lives I think, and it isn’t over just yet.


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  1. Deanna
    August 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Hi there, we are planning on doing exactly what you are, renovating an old van. Can I ask what you used to feline your van?

    Love the bunks, maybe when you are done you can write a list of the things you used to renovate the van, might help someone else in their searching :)

    • September 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm — Reply

      Hi Deanna,
      We used a product called Neema Board which we got from Mitre 10. At first we didn’t think we’d have to paint it, but you really do, so we sealed it with an acrylic primer and then painted with wash n wear. The bonus is that it’s totally waterproof so there won’t ever be water staining etc even if she springs a leak again in later life. Hope that helps, and yes, we will eventually get around to listing everything, it’s been a big learning curve but lots of fun too! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. D
    August 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    Naughty auto correct, that should say Re line, not feline.

  3. shane Bellingham
    November 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm — Reply

    Hi, just wondering what you used to make the frame of the triple bunks

    looks great

  4. Wendy
    November 27, 2015 at 10:26 am — Reply

    We have just bought a 1979 viscount royal and plan to do something similar, although maybe not quite so big a job as you have done! So impressed! We are trying to keep the weight down on ours when replacing cupboards, etc. What product did you use for building cupboards? Thank you for sharing your photos!

  5. Kerry
    February 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    Hi guys great job
    what did you use for insulation ?

  6. Sarah
    February 20, 2016 at 10:29 am — Reply


    Great job! Such an inspirational Reno!

    Just wondering what changes you made to auto electrical lighting. We are renovating a 1975 viscount and struggling to figure out what the minimum requirements are. The government website is very confusing

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