A MAN made the most of his lockdown last year by transforming an old builder's van into a high end luxury campervan, with a tiled heated shower and smart kitchen inside.
Even better – families who want to give a camping holiday a go this year can now buy it for themselves.
Furnituremaker Daryl Lloyd Witt, of Frome, Somerset, spent three months turning the Mercedes Sprinter into a campervan.
From the outside it appears as if it’s a bog-standard builder’s van, but inside is a perfectly-fitted living area, with a boiler that powers the shower and sink, a stylish dining table and double bed.
Daryl shunned the traditional VW Camper-style, instead giving his van a modern twist.
He said: “The white vans are a great size – you can fit everything you need in them and the fact they are essentially builders’ vans means they are quite stealthy. On the inside it is beautiful, it is a home on wheels.”
The 36-year-old has worked as a bespoke furniture maker ever since leaving school, but as a surfer Daryl always found the campervan culture appealing.
When lockdown was announced he purchased the white-van style Sprinter, and started the project in April, and completed it three months later.
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He said: “When I look at photos of the original van, with nothing inside, it really hits home what a transformation it has been."
As soon as it was finished, competition company Dream Car Giveaways bought it for £39,000, and offered £9.99 tickets to enter a draw to win the camper.
However, the couple who won the van have since listed it for sale after their travel plans changed – Daryl wrote on his Instagram: "For all of you that have shown love and appreciation for this van build… Now is your chance to put your money where your mouth is!"
"@this_mother_life and josh have had a change of travelling plans and this van is now FOR SALE."
Daryl has been converting other vans into luxury homes since, with his most recent transformation including a projector screen and modern kitchen, which opened to the public with £19.99 tickets earlier this year.
He hopes he can dedicate his career to building bespoke camper vans from now on, adding: “It’s much more rewarding work, and I can build it how I want, I feel confident that people like my designs and they will sell.
“I’ve got some unique ideas for the next builds, which I haven’t seen anywhere else.”
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