Pros & cons: do-it-yourself van or get it from a professional?
Jenny Zeume: Camping for everyone
The camping boom is not only driving up registration numbers, but also vehicle prices – whether new or used. If you do the expansion yourself, you can still fulfill your dream of owning a van. And get creative.
You are probably familiar with such advertisements: A young couple is traveling through Europe in a brand new van and enjoying the freedom. Great right? Unfortunately, this often does not correspond to reality.
The expansion is not perfect, but we are proud as Bolle! That’s what it’s all about: creating something with your own hands and learning new things. For example, how to use a plunge saw.
Helene Schmidt: Let’s be honest
I’m now also publicly admitting that I’m more of a semi-talented craftsman. Even at home I can’t get a straight hole drilled in the wall. And then expand a camper yourself? That would be a disaster.
As always in life, you should be one thing above all: honest with yourself. What I can’t do, other people can do better. Just like vice versa. And there’s no shame in admitting it to yourself.
As in the classic car industry, I know of expansion projects that failed due to time, money, space or all of the above. I don’t even want to know how many relationships and friendships have broken up as a result of such expansion projects.
I’d rather buy a new car and know that everything works. Otherwise I have a warranty and a dealer who takes care of it.