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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Chalet girl, 20, becomes social media sensation after swapping the ski resort for an old £5,000 Ford Transit and posting videos of herself converting it into a campervan

  • Amélise Burr, 20, from Cambridge, splashed out for £5,000 on a Ford Transit van
  • She has spent £2,000 converting it into a campervan where she hopes to live 
  • By documenting her journey, she's racked up a combined 50,000 followers on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube with many admirers praising the impressive feat 

A former chalet girl has become a social media sensation after sharing videos of herself upcycling an old Ford Transit van and turning it into a campervan.

Amélise Burr, 20, from Cambridge, splashed out for £5,000 on the vehicle last year and has been using lockdown as an opportunity to convert it. 

So far, she has spent £2,000 kitting the van out with insulation, flooring, a kitchen, shower and other extras. By documenting her journey, she's racked up a combined 50,000 followers on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube with many admirers praising the impressive featA former chalet girl has become a social media sensation after sharing videos on herself upcycling an old Ford Transit van and turning it into a campervan

A former chalet girl has become a social media sensation after sharing videos on herself upcycling an old Ford Transit van and turning it into a campervan

The Chalet host was working at a ski resort in France and had been planning the upcycle for over a year but didn't have time due to working at a chalet and various other jobs to fund her project. 

But following the death of her grandmother last year, and having to move home due to the pandemic, she decided to start the project after realising 'life was too short'. 'I have been using lockdown as an opportunity to start the van conversion, it really felt like fate,' she said. 

'It's been really challenging, and I can't believe I can look at this tiny house in the back of my van and say that I've created it. I've literally built my own house at 20.

Amélise Burr, 20, from Cambridge, splashed out for £5,000 on the vehicle last year and has been using lockdown as an opportunity to convert it

Amélise Burr, 20, from Cambridge, splashed out for £5,000 on the vehicle last year and has been using lockdown as an opportunity to convert it

'It's a huge project, I'd be lying if I said that it was easy, it's not; the van build has been a steep learning curve for me, and sometimes really tricky (especially when it's raining outside).

'When I do go out and really start getting through a project, such as the electrics, ten hours could pass by and I wouldn't even notice, that's when I realised that I am actually enjoying the build a lot and all the things that I've learnt.

'I have almost finished the build, it will hopefully be finished by the end of this lockdown, that's the time I'm giving myself, because I just want to get out and travel in it.'

By documenting her journey, she's racked up a combined 50,000 followers on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube with many admirers praising the impressive feat.

By documenting her journey, she's racked up a combined 50,000 followers on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube with many admirers praising the impressive feat.

She added: 'A few people are naturally skeptical and wonder how I could live in a van.

'People generally understand more when I explain to them that the whole purpose of living in a van, is actually to be living outside of the van.' 

Last year she she set up a YouTube account with a TikTok allowing people to follow her journey to the nomadic life and van conversion.

So far, she has spent £2,000 kitting the van out with insulation, flooring, a kitchen, shower and other extras.

So far, she has spent £2,000 kitting the van out with insulation, flooring, a kitchen, shower and other extras.

In the clips, Amélise is shown stripping the entire van out before insulating it and laying down floorboards.

She then cut windows into the metal to give the van more light.

An air ventilation fan is then added before she begins building a kitchen from scratch.

Impressively, Amélise even begins work on building her own indoor shower.

The Chalet host was working at a ski resort in France and had been planning the upcycle for over a year but didn't have time due to working at a chalet and various other jobs to fund her project. She is pictured converting the van

The Chalet host was working at a ski resort in France and had been planning the upcycle for over a year but didn't have time due to working at a chalet and various other jobs to fund her project. She is pictured converting the van

Pictured: The inside of the van that Amélise is converting. She spend £5000 on the model and £2000 so far converting it
Pictured: The inside of the van that Amélise is converting. She spend £5000 on the model and £2000 so far converting it

Pictured: The inside of the van that Amélise is converting. She spend £5000 on the model and £2000 so far converting it

In the clips, Amélise is shown stripping the entire van out before insulating it and laying down floorboards. She then cut windows into the metal to give the van more light. An air ventilation fan is then added before she begins building a kitchen from scratch.

In the clips, Amélise is shown stripping the entire van out before insulating it and laying down floorboards. She then cut windows into the metal to give the van more light. An air ventilation fan is then added before she begins building a kitchen from scratch.

The clip then ends showing the campervan almost complete.

Amélise shared the videos on TikTok last month writing: 'Would you do this?'.

The clips have attracted more than three million views and hundreds of comments from impressed viewers.

'Love this. Working with wood is so satisfying right,' said one.  

'Fantastic work and solo well done. Look forward to seeing the finished project,' added another. 

'Epic. Girl You've got all kinds of mad skills. I used to be a DT [Design Technology] teacher and that gets an A*,' said a third. 

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