Vintage Caravan Project – Renovating And Str...

Vintage Caravan Project – Renovating And Stripping Out

For anyone who missedΒ part one:Β we have bought a vintage caravan that we are renovating to turn into an office / playroom / craft room.

I bought it with the aim of stripping everything out so that it was just an open space so Mr C took to it with a hammer and bashed out all the built in units. Initially he took to it with a screwdriver but it turned out that everything was glued and not screwed in place so he had lots of fun smashing it up.

I then went in and started clearing up all the rubbish and pulling up all the old lino. It was then that we could really look at the state of it and unfortunately it revealed rot.

Lots of rotten wood which had developed after a leak hadn’t been fixed properly. This seems to be a big problem vintage caravan problem.

Vintage caravan renovation project

You can see the affected corner in the photo below and as you can see it is in a bit of a state but Mr C has already found the wood he needs to fix it all, now it’s just a question of him having a spare few days to do it.

He has explained his plan of how he is going to fix it but I think until I see it I won’t fully understand. It will basically involve cutting out all the rotten wood and replacing it with new wood, securing it all, boarding it all back up and sealing it all with proper sealer (inside and out) so that I have a new ‘wall’ to paint.

Luckily he is really good at all this kind of thing otherwise there is no way I could have carried on with this project, I’m just waiting to be able to paint and decorate it!

Vintage caravan renovation project

Vintage caravan renovation project

Vintage caravan renovation project

I am still planning to paint it all white and there is going to be a long desk running beneath the window in the photo below.

Vintage caravan renovation project

As you can see it is a total state at the moment but I am still excited about the end result. I can’t wait to get stuck in with the next stage now so hopefully it won’t be long until I can get my paintbrushes out!

Edited: Sadly Mr C later decided it would be too much work and not worth the effort so we had to sell it on Ebay. The good news is it sold for what we paid for it (Β£130) so we didn’t lose money. People use them to turn into trailers so it didn’t matter that we had stripped it.

Now I just need to find a new vintage caravan project!

  1. Stephanie

    20 September

    That is a fantastic idea. I love it! Enjoy your project

  2. Lauren

    20 September

    Wow, it looks like such a big project.
    Can’t wait to see the end result x

  3. Esther

    23 September

    It is going to be amazing once it’s finally done. Can’t wait to see the finished interior. Such a fun project! πŸ™‚ Enjoy xx

  4. Bonnie

    26 September

    Fantastic! I have just done up my caravan(still need to do a blog post on it) and although still a bit more to do, it is a totally fun project. We didn’t rip everything out, we did do some alterations and still need to do a few more, like replace the flooring etc. I would love to buy an old caravan and rip out the interior and start from scratch though. It’s on my bucket list!

    • Jessica Cherry

      27 September

      I just had a little look and yours is looking great! I am excited about the end result of my project, it’s just annoying how stripping it out revealed so much rotten wood but hopefully once my OH has fixed it, it will no longer be a problem! x

      • Freya

        5 May

        Hiya Jessica did you get you Caravan finished? Id love to know as am looking into something similar for myself πŸ™‚

        • Hi! Nope my OH decided it was too rotten to bother fixing so we are currently on the hunt for something else. We did however sell the empty shell for more than we paid for it!! x

  5. Will Spencer

    29 September

    WOW! Looks fantastic… I’m restoring a Sprite Cadet (with bubbletop) at the moment and I need to replace all the boarding too… What material did you use to replace yours? Thanks x

  6. Melksham Mum

    30 September

    I was just thinking about you and your caravan yesterday as I spent some time tidying out my shack – still not finished BTW! I love that you’re stripping right back but not loving the rot! But…you’ll have a complete blank canvas from which to start. My FIL suggested the cracks in my shack be left as it is apparently good for ventilation!? I want it cosy down there!

  7. Pippa

    30 September

    What a great project! If only I had a garden/yard/bit of road big enough for a caravan, I’d love to make a retro office too – and keep it a secret from the rest of the family…! Looking forward to seeing how yours progresses!

  8. Emma Tait

    30 September

    I’m sooooo jealous! I would love a vintage caravan, maybe one day! Shame about the rot but at least you know it will be sound when it’s done! Can’t wait to see the next stage πŸ™‚

  9. Slummy single mummy

    1 October

    This is such an amazing idea, I love caravans! I remember when I was little a friend of mine had a caravan at the bottom of her garden. It was quite possibly the most magical thing I had ever seen and I was so jealous!

  10. Instinctivemum

    4 October

    Wow, I think this an absolutely amazing idea! I just love it! Good luck with it all, can’t wait to see how it turns out! x

  11. I would never have thought of renovating a caravan for extra office space. Great idea.

  12. Such a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out πŸ™‚

  13. Such a clever idea to get some extra space. I’d do this if only I had off street parking

  14. Lauren

    28 October

    I love this, it’s made me want one!

  15. Janine

    23 June

    Just wondered how you are getting on with this project?

    • Sadly the damp was too bad and my OH didn’t think it was worth fixing, such a shame! Am currently on the lookout for another project x

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