We’ve come across another amazing DIY caravan renovation that we have to share with you….

After receiving an old caravan that was “falling apart” from a family member, Matthew Daniell, 28, was able to transform it into a modern touring space.

Painter and decorator Matthew spent £2,000 completing the work that he estimated would have come to a minimum of £4,000 to have done professionally.

Matthew said: “I was always on caravan holidays when I was a kid so I thought it would be a great idea to renovate one. I got the caravan during the first lockdown.”

“We got it given to us for free from a family member as it was old and no good in the state it was in.”

“We came up with the idea of turning it from a two-berth to a four-berth to accommodate our needs.“

To start the work, Matthew stripped the caravan back to a shell at the rear, only leaving the “top half of the front end”. The plumbing and electrics were stripped out, with Matthew able to do the former and a friend the latter.

A caravan stripped back to its shell

Damp patches were found where the shower had been, so to combat this, it was completely taken out, with new batten and ply used for the walls.

When it came to sleeping arrangements, they started by getting the measurements for a small double mattress. From there, they could build a base using CLS timbers and 9mm plasterboard.

To add extra berths, they turned to bunk beds. The sofa was stripped of the old fabric to leave only the foam. This was cleaned and subsequently cut to size for a small single bed, before a frame was constructed out of the same materials used for the double.

The renovated interior of the caravan

The shower area itself needed a new shower tray, which was ordered off of eBay, along with an instant hot water shower. Vinyl floor tiles were stuck onto the walls with contact adhesive and were then sealed with three coats of yacht varnish. Matthew added silicone all round, before turning his attention to the plumbing.

Here, Matthew installed a new waste pipe and water feed, as well as a water diagram pump. He was also able to find a plastic caravan sink on eBay that he then fitted himself too.

The renovated bathroom

Lino was laid throughout the van, which was found from a local flooring shop, while the fridge that was already in place was thoroughly cleaned and kept. A small electrical hob was also purchased with a UK plug to be used as needed.

Wardrobe end panels were bought from B&Q for both the worktops and the shelf – this served as a cheaper alternative to a typical worktop.

The renovated kitchen area

The finishing touches were provided by fitting new sockets, a leisure battery and some 12v LED lighting.

Commenting on the project, Matthew said: Since we have started to use the caravan, we have made friends and the younger kids absolutely love it there.”

“Any tips I could give to people would be to do your research, think about what you actually want from the caravan and use that as your starting point.”

“We save a lot of money on holidays now as we have this.”

Tom Church, the co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “While caravans are definitely expensive if you buy a new one with all the bells and whistles, Matthew’s transformation shows you can keep it to a strict budget and save so much money compared to flying abroad for holidays.”


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