Budget woman turns old pickup truck into house on wheels for European adventure
A 27-year-old woman has revealed how she turned an old pickup truck into a house on wheels, on a minimal budget, and left her home to travel across Europe.
Hatti Webster bought an old pickup truck in September of last year and after working hard to renovate it for six months left the house in April to take it across the continent.
Hatti topld Vehicle contracts : “After college, I bought my first van, renovated it and traveled around Europe for a summer in 2016. That’s when I caught the virus.
“I knew after that, that one day I would convert another van and continue the adventures, but at the time I was broke and had no idea what job I wanted to do.”
She started working in marketing, saving all the time for her next adventure.
Hatti said: “I had originally planned to move to Canada and buy a van there, but when Covid hit that plan quickly evaporated. So I decided to buy a van in the Kingdom. – United, to renovate it at my parents’ house and to start exploring Europe. “
“I didn’t have the biggest budget for the conversion so I had to settle for a slightly older van with higher mileage.
“Traveling in my previous van helped me tremendously in designing this one, I knew there were certain elements that I absolutely couldn’t live without and so I created the layout based on those characteristics.
“The main features of the van include a double bed in the width direction, a permanent seating area with a sliding table, a sink and a kitchen unit with a refrigerator and a three-burner hob. I also built a composting toilet that fits under the bed.
Hatti webster (Image: @thecampercreative)
“I tried to use lightweight materials when building the van to keep the weight to a minimum, so the majority of the units are built from plywood, the pine siding walls and the ceiling – my favorite part – are made from plywood. red cedar.
“I opted for a blend of recycled bottle wool and Celotex insulation, which was then covered with a layer of bubble wrap to act as a vapor barrier.”
The van cost £ 5,000 and Hatti spent £ 5,000 on the rebuild.
Hatti Webster spent £ 10,000 in total (Image: @thecampercreative)
But she says the £ 10,000 cost is worth it – because she may have doubled her mum.
Hatti said: ‘Vans of a similar age and build cost around £ 14,000-18,000 in the UK at the moment.
“I am currently in France and have spent a lot of time exploring the French Alps (I am passionate about skiing, snowboarding and hiking) but plan to head south, Spain and Portugal this summer.
“There is so much to explore in Europe and I’m in no rush, so I plan to travel slowly and spend my winters in the mountains and my summers catching waves on the beaches.”
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Robert Harris, Sales Manager at Vehicle Contracts, said: “Being able to turn what used to be an old pickup truck into something extraordinary is truly remarkable and very inspiring.
“In the current travel climate we will see many UK motorists taking road trips for their holidays this year. What better way to see the wonderful sites we have here in Britain than in your own motorhome? It also means not having to succumb to inflated hotel prices, ”said Robert.
How to recreate Hatti’s reconstruction in five steps
1. Embrace nature with rustic textures
Hatti wanted a rustic and cozy look (Image: @thecampercreative)
Hatti has mixed earthy tones in her interior design to create a peaceful and calm living space, combining the look while being fashionable.
“I tried to go for a rustic and cozy look with the pickup truck,” she said.
2. Furnish with warm sunset hues
Hatti used yellows, oranges and rusty reds for the upholstery (Image: @thecampercreative)
“I love a sunset color palette, so I mostly used yellows, oranges, and rusty reds for the upholstery,” Hatti said.
The inclusion of warm sunset hues in the design keeps the space light and bright while adding character and life.
3. Use copper accents
Add copper touches (Image: @thecampercreative)
Adding touches of copper is an easy way to add glamorous accents. You can instantly enhance the interior by adding trendy and modern finishes.
“I used brushed copper details – the handles, the spice rack, the cupboard knobs, etc.,” Hatti said.
4. Widen the space with white paint
Hatti whitewashed the walls (Image: @thecampercreative)
You can make a space bigger by painting the walls white or a very light color.
Brightening up a dark space will allow light to reflect around the room and in turn, make it look wider.
“I whitewashed the walls to keep some of the natural texture of the wood underneath,” Hatti said.
5. Add your own touch with artwork
Add personal style to make you feel right at home (Image: @thecampercreative)
Prints can transform the space into a home by adding personal style.
“I also put together a few of my favorite surf illustrations from a Cornish artist to make the space a little more interesting.”
Breakdown of costs for renovation
- £ 600: Windows (five windows including the skylight)
- £ 850: Electricity (full electrical system including leisure battery)
- £ 900: Kitchen appliances (fridge, hob, sink, faucet, water tanks)
- £ 900: Mechanical – winter tires, new brake pads, etc.
- £ 1,750: Materials and miscellaneous
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