Super excited we’ve got our new VW panel van on order ! although it doesn’t actually look like the one in the picture I was quite taken with that one at the recent Campermart show in Telford.

Now that I’m retired and Mr J is freelance we thought getting a campervan would be a great opportunity to hit the road and explore a bit more of Europe visit and some of our favourite winemakers on the way.

We’d already made our mid up that we were going to buy a van and have it converted by a specialist as we couldn’t find any converted vans that we liked.  Our first thought was to buy a second hand VW Panel van to convert but the search proved fruitless due to Mr J’s long wishlist for the van:

  • low mileage
  • Long Wheel Base
  • Automatic
  • 4 Motion – he thinks we’ll need it to get out of muddy festival fields
  • 204 BHP
  • Front & Rear parking sensors and rear parking camera
  • …….. the list goes on !

So as you can imagine that wishlist was never going to match a second hand van for sale, so we weighed up the options and decided to go for a new van, convincing ourselves it’s a worthwhile investment.

VW Panel Van

The new van is on order and should look like this when we take possession in 12 to 14 weeks.

Then the real fun begins when we start the conversion.  We’ve taken a long time to choose a conversion specialist and we’ve looked at numerous converted vans, visiting shows, peeking in parked up vans and trawling the internet; and we’ve decided to go with Three Bridge campers who for us outshine all the competition with their conversions.

We’ve booked our slot for July and all we need to do now is choose our interior colours, easier said than done when you’re only limited by your own imagination but we have plenty of colour swatches to get us started so next up is to create a mood board which i’ll share next time.

I’d love to hear you thoughts on colours, here’s some of the swatches

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Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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