Customising your Caravan to Reflect Your Needs
Would you want the appearance of your caravan to reflect who you are?
Caravan design is becoming increasingly important, due to the growing number of caravanners from all walks of life – and the need for their caravan to represent them.
Would you rather the appearance of your caravan reflected you? That it stood out in the caravan park? Was an extension of your own glorious home to take on endless outdoor adventures?
Here are our top tips for acquiring a personal haven on wheels:
Step One: Make sure that everything is clean and in working order and carry out repairs accordingly.
Step Two: How outlandish can you afford to be?
Possibly the main reason that a lot of people do not put too much of their personality into decorating or creating a wildly individual design for their caravan – is the potential damage that it could do to the resale value. So, this is the first thing that you should bear in mind before commencing your 'makeover'.
Low Risk Makeover (these can be easily changed back):
Mid Risk Makeover (DIY additions or modifications can improve the value – but also carry a risk):
High Risk Makeover (any modifications that are difficult to reverse):
The 85% Rule: that the weight of the loaded caravan be no more than 85% of the car’s kerb weight.
If reselling in not an issue and you simply want to indulge in creating your perfect, personalised, dream caravan then unleash your creative side!
A beautiful source of inspiration for your design can be found here: http://www.jane-field-lewis.co.uk/publications/my-cool-caravan/
My Cool Caravan, by Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon is a stunning coffee table book, highlighting exactly just how individual you can make your portable home.
Help with finding your dream vintage caravan?
Vintage Caravan Workshop: http://vintagecaravanworkshop.com/for-sale.html
Budget no object?
Tiny Green Cabins (America): Custom built tiny portable houses. http://tinygreencabins.com/
Timeless Travel Trailers (America) : Portable luxury homes: http://www.timelesstraveltrailers.com/
Mehrzeller (Austria): Contemporary designed, customisable, multicellular mobile homes: https://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/mehrzeller-trailer-you-can-tailor.html
Be inventive with your caravan’s use – could it be a business?
Sol Cinema: a converted 1965 berth, is now a portable cinema for 8 people. And it is powered by the sun! http://www.thesolcinema.org/