Converting the junker — which they told the Daily Mail they purchased for about £3,500 (a little over $4000 in US currency) — was going to take a lot of planning. Before getting started, Adam rendered this design image in the 3D-modeling program Maya to get a feel of the layout. Alright, seems easy enough...
After that came constructing the walls, building furniture and wiring up some good old fashioned DIY electr- Hoo boy. Whoa. Umm... OK that definitely doesn't look like it's up to code. But, uh, we're sure they'll get everything above board by the time it's done.
So why did they decide to do all this work? Well, Adam explained in an interview with the Daily Mail that their current lifestyle was leaving them flat broke: "Pretty much all of our wages were going. At the end of the month, once we had paid for the running of the car and living costs, we wouldn't really be left with anything. We were thinking about how we could live without struggling."
And when you total it all together, the couple estimates that they only spent £6,500 on the construction costs. So, when added to the initial purchase of the vehicle, that comes out to just £10,000 in all (about $12,500 USD). Not bad, really.
And sure, they probably could have used that same money to just buy a used camper, but where's the fun in that? Now Adam and Nikki own something that is uniquely them and they can drive it all over the world!
... Which is exactly what they've been doing. To read about their adventures, check out their blog at thevandiaries.com.