Annika Netz

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Name: Annika
Surname: Netz
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape
Entry Date: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Innovation
Project: Other

About the Project:

The day I met my partner we spoke about van conversions and how much we love to watch videos about it on YouTube. Exactly 6 months after our first date we bought a Mercedes Sprinter 308D from 1998 and our journey started! We had to fix some mechanical issues before we were able to start…

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The day I met my partner we spoke about van conversions and how much we love to watch videos about it on YouTube. Exactly 6 months after our first date we bought a Mercedes Sprinter 308D from 1998 and our journey started!
We had to fix some mechanical issues before we were able to start our built, which included a major engine service, buying a new sliding door and various other parts, rust removal on the whole body and get a air vent installed.
The planning and building took around 3-4 months but it stretched over a period of 15 months. The process was so slow because we had to earn the money before we could put money into the van conversion.
Therefore all happened step by step, work, save, built and repeat.
At the time we didn’t had any spare money for expensive tools like a table saw, drill press and router, so my partner built these for us!
Just before lockdown started we went for a big shopping at the hardware store to keep us busy during that time. With endless supply of wood we were able to finally finish our big diy project during that time! A dream became true!
We did everything ourselves… the insulation, electrical, flooring, kitchen, plumbing, cupboard and the bed which converts into a couch, including the mattress, cushion covers and the curtains.
Now we have a fully functional camper van, which includes 2 stoves, a single burner outside stove which slides out of the kitchen from the sliding door and a double burner stove inside, all running on gas, a 50l 12v/ 220v camping fridge, 25l water supply with a 12v pump system and 25l grey water tank, convertible bed to couch and lots of storage space.
But our van built is not finished yet… but in order to continue we need to save up money first which is not possible at the moment because we both lost our income sources as a tour guide and as digital operator in the film and photo industry due to the pandemic.
The future plans are to install a dual battery system, solar panels, a big water tank underneath the van, making an awning and get a bicycle rack. But a project like that is probably never really finished, it’s a living project.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Ply wood, pine framing, screws, varnish, pine paneling, draw runners, hinges, door handles, 12v wires, 12v lights, insulation wool, polystyrene, pvc flooring, foam, fabric
23600
Air vent, sink, fridge, 2 stoves, 12v pump, gas heater, usb plug
11100
34700

Contractors:

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Grand Total
R34700