Building Bluebell


We’ve had great fun challenging ourselves to build an even tinier house and create a comfortable, rustic camper conversion in a VW Transporter T5…

Our T5, Bluebell, came second hand from a pet shop supplies delivery company. We wanted to give her a whole new lease of life as a beautiful adventure mobile through a Wild Van Conversion.

We started with pretty much an empty shell, there were just a few roughly built storage shelves and boxing around the wheel arches.

After a full top to bottom clean Bluebell was sparkling and ready to be transformed!

Bluebell is insulated with Eco Loft Insulation made from recycled plastic bottles…

This was then covered with foil bubble wrap and foil tape to create a vapour barrier…

Ply panels were then cut to shape to fit the walls, ceiling and doors…

The panels were carpeted with Veltrim carpet, secured with high-temperature spray adhesive…

The bed and kitchen structures are made from planed whitewood and faced with a combination of tongue & groove and reclaimed hard wood floorboards from Romsey Reclamation…

The floorboards were stripped and sanded to remove the old varnish and give a smooth, clean finish…

We used up the remaining reclaimed hard wood to create little features like a herb rack and mirror to go on the walls…

Bluebell is now itching to get out on the road and start adventuring! Check back soon for her big reveal!


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2 thoughts on “Building Bluebell

  • Rhianne

    Hi, just stumbled across your website. Loving so many of the things I am seeing from you guys here. Your van is amazing! You two seem lovely too (I just watched the Wild Van documentary). I can see you are back in the UK and starting up your business (fab!) What are your plans for Bluebell? Do you have a seller lined up? How frequently will you be selling vans and for what price range? I’m guessing it will be out of my price range as I need to keep costs super low and you are clearly producing high quality goods, but worth asking! Keep posting 🙂