I have been dreaming of the freedom of a Campervan-life for years. The idea of being able to go where I like when I like.
Of course that’s not always the case! Yes I work. People often tend to think that as I am in a wheelchair I instantly get everything for free. That is not the case.
Up until recently I was married, owned my own home, had a car on finance and had bills and Direct Debits up to my eyeballs. I am sure most people can relate to this. Well in the past 9 months my wife left and I am getting divorced. The house has been sold and I have moved back into my mothers. Again there are people out there that will relate to this situation.
Needless to say its been tough. I have had a lot of change. Not all for the good but also not all for the bad either. I have found that for the first time in years my bills are minimal, my outgoings are low and I have the opportunity to free up some of the time in my life to follow my dream.
first step was to find a van! I honestly thought this would be easy. however i know “NOTHING” about vans. The options are never ending. Different sizes! all sorts of makes. And as for cost, that’s just an open ended cheque.
I have a friend who owns a recovery company. he is also the same guy who carries out all the work on my cars. He also does all the work on my families cars. needless to say i trust his opinion. i was asking his advice when he showed me a van he had for sale! It was perfect. Its a Medium wheel based Ford Transit.
|Engine size (litres)||2.2|
|Overall length (mm)||5230|
|Overall height (mm)||2363|
|Overall width (mm)||1974|
|Loading Height (mm)||596|
|Rear Door Width (mm)||1540|
|Rear Door Height (mm)||1666|
|Load Length (mm)||2949|
|Load Width Max (mm)||1762|
|Load Height (mm)||1745|
|Load Volume (m3)||9.1|
|Gross Payload (Kg)||1560|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (Kg)||3300|
|Kerb Weight (Kg)||1740|
|Towing Limit (Kg)||1200|
Whats the next thing on the list to do
So there are a few things I will need to do. I need to strip it out and clean it. its been used as a recovery van. Yes its dirty. Very dirty! But that will be so amazing to give it an amazing clean and give it a new lease of life. I will post photos on the next blog in the series.
I am looking to fit new front seats. now this bit may or may not take some doing as I want to custom a nice comfortable set. again look out for the update blog.
Layout is going to be tricky. Getting in all the bits I want. A fixed bed. with storage under it to fit two wheel chairs. Storage for clothes and food. Somewhere for tools. I need to look at my options for cooking as i don’t really what to fit gas. I have been looking at my choices for heating, What do I go for that is reasonably priced?
Its exciting times ahead and I will be ticking this off my bucket list. I will blog each stage so please follow the link to read more. And if you have any tips please post them through the contact page.