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This Rustic Camper Van Decked Out in Reclaimed Wood Offers All the Comforts of Home

Maple camper van immerses you in the beauty of nature with a rustic decor 28 photos
Photo: Handkrafted Campers/VannyCampers
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With so many camper vans around, you'd be tempted to believe they start to look all the same. But creativity abounds in the world of homes on wheels, and van outfitters never cease to amaze us with their ingenious layouts and amazing designs, proving time and again that the same basic van can become a truly unique living space. 
Recently, we came across a very talented team from Bristol that transforms regular panel vans into amazing rolling homes with rustic wooden decor and unique features. The team is called Handkrafted Campers, and each van conversion that leaves their workshop is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, showcasing incredible skill, precision, and creativity.

We already covered one of their bespoke creations, the Isabella camper van and we were impressed with the interior design of that build, so we decided to examine yet another one. This is Maple, a 2019 LWB Peugeot Boxer that was masterfully converted into a charming cabin on wheels with rustic looks and modern functionality.

Like all the camper conversions crafted by this small family-owned business in Bristol, Maple is built with conscious use of materials and handmade details. It stands out with its warm and calm atmosphere, highlighted by the extensive use of reclaimed wood, especially Victorian pine floorboards. Even its name matches her rustic charm, and a stunning lighting system that includes fairy lights on the ceiling gives the interior a whimsical feel.

Maple camper van immerses you in the beauty of nature with a rustic decor
Photo: Handkrafted Campers/ VannyCampers
Not all people who choose a nomadic lifestyle or travel often in their camper vans like to advertise it, so Maple is a rather stealthy build with no ostentatious external accessories. Some elements, however, might give away the fact that the interior has been transformed into a mobile living space, such as the swoop decals on the sides and the solar panels on the roof.

The interior is decked out in reclaimed wood, and despite its rustic aesthetic, Maple has an innovative spirit and offers all the comforts and luxuries of home. It has three belted seats and a double bed, which technically makes it a two-berth camper, but that bed is large enough to easily squeeze a child in and enjoy family camping. There is also space in the entryway for a dog bed if you also have a pet you want to take with you on your adventures.

One of the highlights of the design is the unique layout, which includes a front lounge that turns into a cozy bedroom at night, a gorgeous L-shaped kitchen with oodles of storage, and a huge rear bathroom with all the necessities. This innovative and thoughtful configuration creates an open feel and a seamless flow between functional areas.

Maple camper van immerses you in the beauty of nature with a rustic decor
Photo: Handkrafted Campers/ VannyCampers
As you slide open the side door, you're welcome into an open-plan living area designed with multifunctionality in mind. It features large U-shaped bench seating and a removable handcrafted table, creating the perfect setup for meals with a view, getting some work done on your laptop, lying back and enjoying your surroundings, hanging out with friends, or playing games.

The sitting area easily converts into a large bed with help from two wooden boards, and a pair of antique brass-colored reading lights create an intimate atmosphere. There's also a large window and a skylight in this area, which can be opened for better ventilation. Both come with fly nets and blinds for nighttime.

Maple's L-shaped kitchen is much more than what you'd expect to find in a camper van. It boasts bespoke cabinetry made of reclaimed Victorian pine, stylishly combined with rattan inserts for a boho touch, a spacious oak countertop, and green tile backsplash, giving it the look and feel of a cottage kitchen.

Maple camper van immerses you in the beauty of nature with a rustic decor
Photo: Handkrafted Campers/ VannyCampers
Equipped with a proper sink with a drying rack, a two-hob cooktop, and a large, eye-level fridge/freezer, this kitchen allows you to cook delicious meals for your camping buddies. Storage for cooking essentials is ample and accessible in the form of cabinets, drawers, and open shelves next to the fridge. Overhead cabinets are also included in the living area, where you can also find huge drawers under the bed, coat hooks, and shoe racks.

A handcrafted door leads from the kitchen into the rear shower room, which is spacious and as beautifully crafted as the rest of the van. Besides the shower pan and shower head, it also includes a Porta Potti toilet that slides away under the adjacent garage space when not in use and a beautiful, bespoke sink. The shower room also doubles as a drying space thanks to a hot air vent that keeps everything warm and dry.

Maple camper van immerses you in the beauty of nature with a rustic decor
Photo: Handkrafted Campers/ VannyCampers
Maple excels in terms of comfort and convenience as well, ensuring owners have a pleasant camping experience with an intelligent Victron Energy setup coupled with a 360W solar panel and a 200Ah TN lithium battery, an underslung 25-liter gas tank, an 82-liter fresh water tank under the sofa, and a 62-liter waste water tank. A Truma Combi 4E boiler running on both electric and LPG heats both the interior and the tap and shower water.

From the unusual layout to the rustic decor and clever lighting system, every inch of the Maple camper van is a testament to quality and attention to detail. It is a mobile habitat that will not only take you places but will also allow you to fully immerse in the surrounding nature. The best news is that you can win this gorgeous cottage on wheels via a competition launched by VannyCampers.

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About the author: Ancuta Iosub
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After spending a few years as a copy editor, Ancuta decided to put down the eraser and pick up the writer's pencil. Her favorites subjects are unusual car designs, travel trailers and everything related to the great outdoors.
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