1972 Travelhome deluxe.
We inherited our van from my grandma when she passed away. It hadn't been lived in /used for at least a decade. It had been sitting on blocks at her property for around 20yrs. As it had been under a covered area it was in pretty good nick. It did however create some serious issues getting it out. We had to cut the roof apart and jack the van up to pull blocks out.
5 hrs later we dragged it up to the driveway. It was in no state to be towed so we had to get it bought home on a tow truck. Originally we were just going to give it a quick make over...but as all these things one thing lead to another and on it went.
We stripped the hazed red paint on the stripe and re painted with the blue. New wheels/tyres and suspension. New brake lines and Re packed wheel bearings. We were just going to spray inside but alot of the cupboards were falling apart so I re made new ones out of mdf. Changed all the old style slider cupboard to lift up ones.
Removed the old 3 way fridge as it was disgusting and the gas stove was dead. We decided to make it self sufficient so we went a 200kw solar panel. Agm deep cycle battery along with solar controlor and charger etc... a few points around for phones and ipad charging. We put in a 168L 12v fridge freezer (needed the size having 3 kids) and convection oven for the odd roast. It has a 90L tank underneath with pump.
We sprayed out the inside. New table tops, tap, lights, flooring and of course new matresses. Installed the new vinyl flooring and a timber quad around the bottom of the walls to hold it in place. We made new seat cushion covers and new curtains for it and "tiled" the splashback. We put a roll out awning on and gave it a good clean. All in all we did a lot more than originally planned but we absolutely love the way it turned out.
The maiden voyage was to Gordon Country for 4 days free camping and it certainly didn'tlet us down. Towed perfectly and felt like a home away from home. Many more adventures to come.
Story & Pics Daniel Pedersen