My VW Transporter Reno

Roxanne my VW transported came across my path with no campervan qualities besides her insulated walls. Having a clean canvas to build a sanctuary on wheels left me giddy with excitement.

Her first homely feature was a bed with plenty of storage underneath to keep the van looking tidy with all our things hidden away. I didn’t want the bed to take up the whole van as I still wanted to be able to have the bench seat in when needed for visitors but also liked the idea of some space for one day establishing a bit more of a permanent wooden storage fixtures and kitchen space. Leaving this space didn’t require me to sacrifice much, I fit very snuggly stretched out on the bed but poor 6ft Angus now has to sleep diagonally across the bed or has his feet hanging off the side throughout a night in the van. We originally thought we both sleep curled up but after one night in the van, we soon found out that is not true and our feet often stretch out to bump the wall which we now find more comical than anything like fitting clowns in a clown car.

The Bed started out as a wooden frame with a plywood

top. Two deep draws were then built to pull out of the back of the van. I use one draw for my gas stove, pots and pans. The other holds a bag with all our clothes and toiletries. Both drawers are as deep as half of the bed, the other half of the bed had 2 squares cut out of the ply wood top to create hatches for more storage. I leave a gas bottle for the stove, the second battery, a folding table and chairs as well as a tool box under this part of the bed.

All of our cooking cleaning and cutlery are kept in 3 plastic draws we scavenged for my parents that where originally used for mine and my sister’s a dolls and blocks, which ironically included a doll family with a caravan! There is also a fridge in Roxanne that is hooked up to the second battery, next on our list is a solar panel to be able to go completely off the grid for lengths of time.

I have also taken Roxanne’s ply walls out and wrapped them in wooden style lino. All the vans I had been adoring online always looked like little cabins lined with wood from top to bottom on the interior. Wood style lino was lighter and more cost-efficient but still looks very effective! Giving Roxanne a much lived in cosy feel like living in a log cabin where ever you go!

The last touch to Roxanne has been a beautiful piece of art my dear friend Sharna painted for me when I first moved from my home town Caves Beach. The painting is looking off a cliff above our local beach down to pristine rock pools, caves and a pink sunrise over the ocean where we have spent most days growing up covered in sand, salt water and sunshine. This piece of art hangs in my van like a window so where ever I am I’ll always be able to look up and see where my heart calls home.

My name is Alyx-Jane, and this is my story.


My name is Alyx-jane. I have spent my whole life by the ocean, I’ve always loved the simplicity and perspective the sea gave me. Stepping off the tar road that was curtained by bustling suburbia where everyone was on a mission. Making my way down a thin bush track where I could hear birds chiming and the wind sliding past the leaves that created a roof, seeming to reach through the air across the track that created a barrier between everyday expectations and the sand dunes that kissed the salt water. I was present in this space; I was conscious of every breath that passed my lips and could feel every grain under my soles, there was nothing else. As I made my way down to the beach, where I would just sit and listen to nothing but the ocean lapping; so out of control yet beautiful. I felt like even the worst day could be washed away by salt water rolling over my body.

When I was by the ocean all I had were my purest thoughts that were not clouded by a social structure or expectations. It was a place where I felt clarity and an incredible sense of freedom. To live a life where I could feel as infinitely magical as I did by the ocean is what brought me across the path of Roxanne.

Roxanne is my beloved VW transporter that I have been renovating into my cosy home on wheels. She allows me to strip back and de-clutter my life, allowing more time to really live. Just like there is the sound and vibrations of the ocean, Roxanne opens my world up to other little pleasures in life that the fast lane allows only glimpses of. Whether it’s passionately screaming my favourite lyrics with my boyfriend Angus as we drive down new roads with the sun warming our cheeks or nights spent around a campfire in a secluded location, looking at stars we have never seen before.

I am still adding touches to Roxanne. She came across my path with no camper-van features except for insulated plywood walls to keep her cosy in winter and cool in summer. This has left me with a beautiful shell to put all my seemingly endless ideas into place! So far she has a bed with plenty of drawer storage and I have also renovated the walls. This blog will share her camper van conversion journey and the adventures she takes us on.

Alyx-jane Smith

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