The Beast
Sheila & Gary’s long-term project.

The van we call “The Beast” is a  1988 RHD Syncro caravel, camper conversion. original a petrol 14″ but now fitted with a Subaru EE20 diesel engine and 16″ wheels, plus quite a few other changes, and a lot more to come.

As the links bar suggest we hope to give an overview of the van, the work on it along with its modifications, plus reviews of the kit we use and the places we’ve been which we hope will one day be the biggest section, (but it may take us a while). Hopefully, the site will grow to one day be of use to others.

For a summary of the work so far and the kit, we are currently using or have available see the slowly growing reviews section.
For an idea of where we are heading with the van, and what we hope to achieve see  Work in progress, located under the About the Beast. section
The places we’ve been and where we hope to go can be found in the Travel with the Beast section. (Sorry this section is a long way behind)

We would have welcomed comments and suggestions but have had to turn off the comments due to the amount of absolute rubbish and adverts we get  (it’s a shame a few spoil it for all). we are still learning how to use Word Press, so may be able to turn comments on if we can find a way to filter the rubbish.



One job leads to another

Modifying my hydraulic press. Having started work on a collapsible fire pit (artist impression above) to replace the MK1 version I made some time ago, the intention being to store the collapsible version in the front bash plate (work on which continues).However, to complete the MK2 fire pit requires me to bend 3mm sheet steel.

About the Beast.

The “Beast” where it started, what’s been done, what’s happening now and where we hope to go.

The Past.

        The history of the beast.
             The vans origins and our starting point.
        What’s been done.
              The list of modifications & upgrades by us.
        Maintenance, Repairs & Work.


        Work in progress.
              The jobs we are working on, or are planning to do.
       Tools & pares for longer trips.
         Serves schedule.

Plans and pipe dreams.

            Long-term plans for the Beast.
             Pipe Dreams.



A few personal thoughts and comments on the bits of kit we use.
Not many yet, but we will add more ASAP

Permanently fitted or Available.

       Mechanical and electrics.
                 Items available or permanently fitted on the van.
                 Items available or permanently fitted on the van.
                Items available or permanently fitted on the van.

General use & Camping.

          For use with the van.
                 Equipment for use in the or with the van when travelling.
        General camping kit.
                 Equipment for use without the van or for excursions from the van.

Maintenance, spares & recovery.

       Van maintenance & spares.
                  Spares, tools & equipment for our travel with the van.
        Basic tool kit.
                  What’s in the toolbox.

        Recovery kit.
                  Currently available recovery kit.
       Spares & tools for longer trips.
                 Currently available Spares & tools.

Modified kit & Equipment.

       Custom tools & Kit Modification.

       Custom tools.

Toys & Follies.