"Hands Off" Spanish Camper Van
by Jan Frank
In Spain it is forbidden to make any alteration whatsoever (even a small screw into the plastic dashboard!) without an extremely expensive engineer report, costing €2,000 or more. So we did a conversion of our Ford Transit using a design which could - just - pass the official annual test (for vehicle safety) that includes items which are built in after the test and taken out just before the next test.
We organize craft fairs. We use our van as a mobile office and as a cheap hotel when seeing potential clients up to 500 km from home. We use a laptop to hold and amend our database, to check and edit photographs, to write and send letters of invitation, to design (and send to the printer) graphic designs and to maintain our web page up to date. We also cook a mean paella.
Often we spend three weeks or longer in the van, either when running several consecutive fairs in Spain, or when seeing friends or family elsewhere in Europe (the UK, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic.
To us, the van (it's big and yellow, so she's called the Pumpkin and has a 160,000 rat power motor) is a way of life.
Have a look at our web page http://www.amata.es/Q_Van.html which also contains photographs and more detail.