The Motorhome Voyager is taking a rest from travelling for the time being… This is due to no motorhome but enter the Vauxhall Vivaro campervan! This is at present a van that is going through the process of conversion from commercial van to campervan!
We all have different ideas about what we want in a campervan but we want a camper that is economical, capable of towing, compact enough to use as a car and easy to work with. Our Vauxhall Vivaro is bright red in colour and features good bodywork. The van was owned by the previous keeper for eight years and has around 150,000 miles on the Vauxhall 1.9 CDTi engine.
So the first job was easy – choosing the van. The next job is relatively easy too – removing the interior fittings. Our Vivaro had interior shelfing and racking, but these have been removed. Next job – fitting two side windows. You will find these on line and side windows are widely available. As we are considering a small cooker for our Vauxhall Vivaro campervan, we paid a premium for a side window with an opener. With the windows in place, the bulk head is removed – this is straight forward DIY with little more than a screwdriver.
Vauxhall Vivaro campervan – removing the decals
A bit of warm weather, a hair dryer and some gentle pursuasion, the decals are removed. It’s perfectly normal for this to leave a “shadow” on the paint work, but some detailing and hard graft with polish will sort this out.
Anyone considering a Vivaro may find the online handbooks useful – these are available on the Vauxhall website
The job for next weekend is to insulate the van, line it and fit carpets….