Lara is finished!
You might have thought the day would never come, and so did we, but it has! We can finally say we are finished building Lara…. (but of course we will never be truly finished as there will always be something we want to improve, or add….. but, she is ready to take on adventures and that’s why we are calling her ‘finished’).
Over the last few weeks (months!) we have been able to get lots of little and big jobs finished. Some we started a long, long time ago, and others we managed to tick off quite rapidly after starting them. We have finally finished adding vinyl to the floor of the entire palace, we now have a functioning ladder and a door that doesn’t use a hook to stay open. We also added a serving tray to fill up some otherwise unused space, and as well as our drawers we finished a lot earlier, we now also have cupboard doors where needed.
We know where we want to mount the maxtrax, but that is a job we will have to tackle later, and decorating Lara is another one that will happen in time. Neither are critical for taking her out for some camping trips, the maxtrax will just live in the roof box for now.
Lara has all the mod-cons you can expect in a modern campervan. She has an indoor toilet, an outdoor shower, a generous fridge and we even have our own washing machine! Gone are the days of having to look for a place to have our laundry done.
This is how she looks at the moment from the outside with her ladder out, kitchen box open and awning out. This is how most of our camp setups will look, just picture some chairs and a little table and you’re done.
And this is the inside with the bed ‘in’. In this setup we can use the table and seating area and have easy access to the fridge. Even with the bed ‘out’ for sleeping we can still access the fridge and most of the drawers.
If you are interested in the work we did to get to this point, please click on any or all of the links dotted around in the text (or from the overview below). They will open a story in a new tab. Most are very short with just a few photos (some are longer and have more photos). It gives you a great insight into how things were made and why we made certain decisions.
Once we have decorated both the inside and the outside we will add updated photos.
We have listed new behind the ones we haven’t sent out with a newsletter if you want to make sure you don’t miss any.
- Buying our dreamcar
- Plans for the build
- Removing everything we don’t need from Lara
- Making of a sub-frame
- Adding the floor, and her walls and roof
- Connecting the walls of the palace to the cab
- Adding cabinetry and painting them
- Electrics (including an electrical diagram)
- Awning (new)
- Drawers and cupboard doors (new)
- Solar panels and a few other bits
- Our composting toilet (new)
- A cheeky serving tray and a nifty pull-out table (new)
- Vinyl (new), carpet (new) and a marine liner
- Roof box for more storage (new)
- An outdoor kitchen (new)
- Quite a large fridge (new)
- Blue plate (compliance to the Australian Design Rules)
- An ingenious door catch (new)
- A luxurious washing machine (new)
- An outdoor (hot or cold) shower (new)
- A (nearly) king-sized, north-south bed we don’t have to climb over each other to get in or out (new)
- Lara’s one and only sock (new)
- Comfortable steps into the palace (new)