Man Transforms Old White Van Into High-End Luxury Camper
While many of us have considered it a feat if we've managed to stick some trousers on for the day, one bloke has used lockdown to transform an old white van into a high-end luxury camper.
Furnituremaker Daryl Lloyd Witt took a carpenter's Volkswagen Crafter and turned into a stunning camper van, giving it all the mod cons needed for comfortable travel.
From the outside, the vehicle looks like a bog-standard builder's van, but when you open the door you'll find a luxurious, perfectly-fitted living area, complete with a boiler that powers the shower and hob.
There's also a dining area and double bed, meaning users can stay overnight in style.
Daryl, 36, said: "The white vans are a great size - you can fit everything you need in them.
"The fact they are essentially builders' vans means they are quite stealthy.
"On the inside it is beautiful, it is a home on wheels."
Daryl, from Frome in Somerset, was keen to create something a little more high-end, veering away from the shabby-chic aesthetic often found in classic VW campervans.
"There are so many Volkswagen Transporters being used by surfers, you cannot tell them apart," he said.
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"There is no uniqueness to them.
"They're very small, you wouldn't be able to live in them or spend two weeks in one."
Daryl spent three months stuck at home during lockdown, and decided to put his skills to use - having worked as a bespoke furniture maker since leaving school.
As a surfer, he has always found the camper van culture appealing, and this vehicle is the second he's adapted.
Daryl explained how he wanted to create a sharp and stylish look, but admitted installing the gas boiler was the most complicated part of the design - though thankfully it paid off, as it passed its safety check with flying colours.
After all of the hard work, the van became a huge hit on social media, with Daryl gaining thousands of followers overnight.
However, despite putting all of his blood, sweat and tears into the project, Daryl won't be the one using the van.
As soon as it was finished, competition company Dream Car Giveaways snapped it up for £39,000, before entering it into a prize draw.
Anyone could pay £9.99 for a ticket to enter - including Daryl himself, who bought a couple of entries - but eventually the lucky winner was found.
"I will be really interested to see who wins it, and where their travels take them," Daryl said.
"Hopefully I can follow their journey through social media, and see what they do with the van."
Now Daryl hopes to dedicate his career to building bespoke camper vans, 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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