div itemprop = »articleBody»>
A saleswoman who couldn’t afford a motorhome turned her hot pink Fiat 500 into “the smallest motorhome in the world” – but it’s so small there’s no place for her boyfriend.
Hannah Hughes, 26, from Solihull, Birmingham, was disappointed to find that she couldn’t afford her dream of converting a pickup truck into a house on wheels, but determined not to just give up, she turned to the “next best thing” – his small car.
The DIY blogger spent £ 150 to transform her beloved Fiat 500 into a micro-motorhome, complete with a bed in the trunk, a frame below for storage and insulated window coverings.
Hannah Hughes, 26, from Solihull, Birmingham, couldn’t afford her dream campervan that reportedly cost her up to £ 10,000, so she turned to the ‘next best thing’ – her small car
The car, which has always garnered attention for its bright color, is now turning heads online on Hannah’s “Little Pink Camper Van” blog, documenting her conversion and her travels.
However, she had to use two crib mattresses instead of a normal camping mattress, as she uses the small boot space in the tailgate for a cot – meaning her boyfriend joked that she was joining her soon on the trip. , Hannah is worried that he “won’t come home.”
Hannah said: “RVs have really increased on the internet and I follow a lot of lifers on social media so I have wanted to convert a van for ages.
“To buy a van it looked like something between £ 3,000 and £ 10,000 depending on the state and then a few thousand extra pounds to convert it.
“But my boyfriend and I are saving for a house, so now is just not a good time to put a lot of money in a motorhome.
The DIY blogger spent £ 150 to turn her beloved pink Barbie Fiat 500 into a micro-motorhome using the tailgate’s tiny trunk space for a bed
She installed a bed in the trunk with a frame underneath for storage, using two horizontal crib mattresses instead of a normal camping mattress as the space was so small
The retail employee made insulated window coverings to block light and keep the car warm at night, and decorated the trunk with fairy lights.
‘I just thought,’ I have a car and it’s the best thing to do ‘. So I decided to settle for what I had and convert my car into a micro camper instead.
“My first trip there was my first time camping or doing something like this on my own. It was even the first time that I had eaten alone in public.
“It was about breaking down a lot of personal barriers and proving to myself that I can do things on my own and don’t have to rely on anyone – that was a big thing for me. “
The trader spent a total of £ 150 on materials and supplies including lumber, screws and plates for a trunk frame to level the box spring and create storage and insulation materials for window coverings.
Within that tight budget, she also stocked up on supplies, including a folding table and chair set, two crib mattresses, a mini stove, and decorative string lights.
After spending four weeks working on the conversion, she was finished in July and is now ready to go camping with a folding table and chair set, mattress, mini stove in the car
The conversion and trip planning process took a total of four weeks, based on a full-time work schedule, with micro-camping completed earlier this month, in July.
Hannah said: “I first looked at how I would sleep and thought of different ways to do it – I could just lie in the back seats, but wanted to open the trunk in the morning and see the view. .
“I knew I would lose a lot of storage space by lowering the rear seats and sleeping in the trunk, so I had to work around that.
“The trunk falls lower than the rear seats which was a problem so I had to level it off by building a frame that also gave me more storage under the bed.
“I also made insulating window coverings to block out light and keep the car cool at night.
Hannah revealed that her RV conversion plan received a mixed reaction after posting about it online, and even family and friends were skeptical
She said she was “stereotypical” because of her Fiat 500 car with people assuming she was “into Starbucks, eyelashes and pop music,” but she insists she is “the thing. furthest “from this stereotype
“I had to figure out how to tidy everything up while still keeping everything easily accessible, which required careful planning – I organized everything into sections and made sure everything had its place. “
After posting about her RV conversion online, the newbie DIY blogger received a mixed reaction, including negative comments from trolls.
Most of the family and friends were even skeptical, with an “are you crazy” attitude towards the project.
But Hannah’s boyfriend Ashley Thompson, 31, though uncertain at first, was very supportive and made the avid traveler even consider joining her.
Hannah said: “I had a bit of a mixed reaction with some people thinking it was really exciting and good and others saying it was a stupid idea and not doing it.
“There have been some negative comments from people online saying ‘you didn’t convert anything, you just put a mattress in the trunk’, so they clearly only watched this video.
Hannah’s boyfriend, Ashley Thompson, 31 (pictured together), though unsure at first, has been very supportive and has even considered joining her on the trip soon, but Hannah fears he “may don’t come back ”
“I’m a lot stereotypical because of my Fiat 500 and people think I’m just into Starbucks, eyelashes and pop music, but I’m actually the furthest thing away from that stereotype.
“The negative comments don’t really bother me, it says more about them and their life than me and mine.
“My boyfriend, although he wasn’t sure at first, really supported me and even said he might even join me on a trip someday, but I don’t think we would all go home. two in my car! “
The little pink camper set off on his maiden trip on July 12 and toured Wales for three nights and four days.
An app with pinned and reviewed locations allowed Hannah to find safe places to stop for the night in her car when she wasn’t near actual campsites, to keep her on the road longer.
Hannah aims to cover as many beauty spots in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as possible and said the project has helped her prove to herself that she can do things on her own.
Hannah said: “I was walking around pretty much the way I wanted to – it was great to have that freedom and not have to worry about going too far from where I’m staying because I could just stay anywhere in my car.
“I went to Cae Du Farm campsite in Rhoslefain for two nights, had breakfast at Tywyn beach and then went to Portmeirion for the afternoon.
“Then I went to a place near Rhyd to park for the night next to a wooded area and a lake where I went for a walk in the morning.
“Finally I went to Black Rock Sands and parked on the beach for a few hours, went to Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall and then to the house after. “
Hannah is now planning more trips and aims to cover England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as much as possible.
She hopes to continue improving her micro-camping with more DIY efforts in the very limited space she has.
Hannah said: “I’ll go anywhere if it looks good and I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Peak District and the Lake District so I could go next.
“I always look at what other people have done to their vans and cars and think about what else I can do to improve mine – it’s definitely a work in progress. ”