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    Interior design of your C15 Romahomes

    Hello everybody!

    One week today, I take delivery of my C15 Citreon Romahome - I'm so excited that I can barely sleep! All I can think of is how I am going to add my own personal touches and make it my own, without making any permanent changes to the vehicle.

    Have any of you lovely people got photos of the interior of your C15 to help give me some creative ideas? I'd love to see pics (if I'm allowed to ask on this forum, if not then just comments would be great). All of the photos I have seen online look the same....Romahome original style, which is great, but I'd like to change mine up a little.

    Have any of you changed carpets to cushion flooring for example?
    Has anybody covered the sink area and other visible plastic coverings - to alter it from the traditional cream/white colour to add a pop of modern colour? (maybe vinyl or a specialist paint?)
    Has anybody removed the pelmets or covered them with vinyl?
    Has anybody covered the carpet on the walls with a more decorative flame retardant material?
    Do any of you use your Romahome in a different way than intended - e.g. I'd like to use only one side for sleeping, and somehow use the other side for a desk, storage etc...ensuring easy access to the storage below.

    I'd love to dress mine up with bright bold flowers and just go crazy on design...

    Any thoughts (please be kind to me lol) and/or photos would be great!

    Thank you so much!

    Chloe xx

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    Hi Stormy Meadows I guess to give advice people would need to know is your C15 a fixed high roof or a HiLo. I do not know with the C15, but on the demountable pods - same layout and about the same size a few of us removed the pelmet widened the support with a 4 inch strip of plywood so that there was a very usable shelf.
    But maybe you should wait to get the van before planning any alterations. If your van is the older type with Camping Gaz cylinder under the bunk, and are certain you will not require the second bunk - I would find a way of making a taller gas locker to accommodate an 11KG Calor Gas cylinder.
    You may enjoy a book by Sue Reid Sexton, "Writing on the road" Sue uses her Romahome as her writing shed - since writing this book she has upgraded to a Duo. You can read what I wrote about the book here https://community.smallmotorhome.co....ue-reid-sexton

    Jon
    Dirty Diesel Driver - a hypocrite who knows THERE IS NO PLANET B

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      #3
      hi, glad your looking forward to your camper arriving,i get just enthusiastic when i go away for the night,hope to see some pics of your camper when finnished,

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        #4
        Hi and welcome!

        Your ideas for jazzing up the inside sound great! I had a caravan I did the same sort of thing with. Carpet instead of old lino, new curtains, new seat covers and some vinyl covering for some of the interior wooden surfaces.

        I recall someone revamped a Romini (the tiny caravan version of the early Romahomes) as a gypsy caravan and it looked great!

        I hate to burst your bubble BUT - and it's a big But - The C15s are getting rather old now and the chassis suffer from terminal rust, parts are difficult to source as well...so please please do make sure that the base vehicle is in fairly good condition before you buy. Check the previous MOTs and if possible get an AA vehicle inspection or similar - before you buy. There are some great ones out there, but also a fair number that require a great deal of time and money spent on them before they will be going anywhere except to and from a garage.


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          #5
          Stormy Meadows Remember one of the bench seats houses the portaloo (at least it did on mine), so you need to consider this.
          Too old to know everything!

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            #6
            Originally posted by kernowjon View Post
            Hi Stormy Meadows I guess to give advice people would need to know is your C15 a fixed high roof or a HiLo. I do not know with the C15, but on the demountable pods - same layout and about the same size a few of us removed the pelmet widened the support with a 4 inch strip of plywood so that there was a very usable shelf.
            But maybe you should wait to get the van before planning any alterations. If your van is the older type with Camping Gaz cylinder under the bunk, and are certain you will not require the second bunk - I would find a way of making a taller gas locker to accommodate an 11KG Calor Gas cylinder.
            You may enjoy a book by Sue Reid Sexton, "Writing on the road" Sue uses her Romahome as her writing shed - since writing this book she has upgraded to a Duo. You can read what I wrote about the book here https://community.smallmotorhome.co....ue-reid-sexton

            Jon
            Hi Jon

            Thank you for your comments and suggestions. My van is a high roof 1995 version.

            Funny that you mentioned the book by Sue Reid Sexton - I'd like to work from mine one day too, so it will be great to read about her experiences.

            I've not seen the interior yet - but it will certainly make my ideas more real (or not) when I do - as I will be able to measure up and see what's what.

            I had a trusted friend view the vehicle for me. He looked at it from a mechanical point of view and checked it for any damage, damp and excess rust. It's apparently in excellent condition (for it's age) - and it has an MOT until April next year. My focus when I get it will be to ensure it keeps in the best condition possible - with designing its interior the next priority. But, to me, the designing part is the more fun part!

            Chloe





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              #7
              Originally posted by Chas1234 View Post
              hi, glad your looking forward to your camper arriving,i get just enthusiastic when i go away for the night,hope to see some pics of your camper when finnished,
              Yes, I will post pics once I have some....I'm thinking of starting a blog of my Romahome journey - as I'd like to live and work in it for at least a few months of the year!

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                #8
                Originally posted by JimBro View Post
                Stormy Meadows Remember one of the bench seats houses the portaloo (at least it did on mine), so you need to consider this.
                Hi Jim

                Yes, that's a good point - thank you.

                I have a practical question here.....can you use the portaloo in situ - as in remove the seats and use the toilet where it is? I've seen some campervans where that's all you do and the loo just looks like a seat for the rest of the time.

                Chloe

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jayjay View Post
                  Hi and welcome!

                  Your ideas for jazzing up the inside sound great! I had a caravan I did the same sort of thing with. Carpet instead of old lino, new curtains, new seat covers and some vinyl covering for some of the interior wooden surfaces.

                  I recall someone revamped a Romini (the tiny caravan version of the early Romahomes) as a gypsy caravan and it looked great!

                  I hate to burst your bubble BUT - and it's a big But - The C15s are getting rather old now and the chassis suffer from terminal rust, parts are difficult to source as well...so please please do make sure that the base vehicle is in fairly good condition before you buy. Check the previous MOTs and if possible get an AA vehicle inspection or similar - before you buy. There are some great ones out there, but also a fair number that require a great deal of time and money spent on them before they will be going anywhere except to and from a garage.

                  Hi Jay

                  Thanks for the suggestions re the condition of vans etc. I've actually purchased it - although I got a trusted friend to check it over for signs of damage, excess rust and damp. My main concerns before buying were a) is the base vehicle in good condition and b) are there any signs of damp. I've heard that C15s do suffer from rust, and I'm lucky to know of a welder should I ever need any welding done.

                  I'm going to search for revamped Rominis - see if I can find the one you mentioned. It sounds great! Sounds like the changes you made on your own caravan are along the lines I am thinking, design-wise!

                  Thanks

                  Chloe

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                    #10
                    Ah glad to hear this, Chloe. You wouldn't believe how many people get romanced away by the pods and forget it needs an engine! You might also find it a bit short of brakes! The C15s never did brake very well, from what I've read.

                    Tiny pic of the 'gypsy' Romini caravan here:

                    https://community.smallmotorhome.co....gnise-this-one

                    and probably more if you search the Romini section.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Stormy Meadows View Post

                      Hi Jim

                      Yes, that's a good point - thank you.

                      I have a practical question here.....can you use the portaloo in situ - as in remove the seats and use the toilet where it is? I've seen some campervans where that's all you do and the loo just looks like a seat for the rest of the time.

                      Chloe
                      Yes you can but it is not the most comfortable! Don't forget to close the blinds! On mine I removed the bench seat, lifted the lid, sat down and did the necessary, opened the loo blade (there is a cut out to get to the handle at the front of the bench), flush and then shut the blade.
                      Too old to know everything!

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                        #12
                        If you have room (once you've sorted what goes where to your satisfaction) You might be able to put your porta potti in the gangway and make a removable cover with the same material as cushions or curtains. We did that with our trailer tent and during the day it just looked like a pouffe and cover removed for night time use

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                          #13
                          jayjay - yes, my friend mentioned that the brakes probably needed tightened. I'll just make sure I get them checked regularly, as I'm no mechanic myself, although willing to learn the basics.

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                            #14
                            JimBro - yes I can imagine it's a tad uncomfortable - but great advice on closing the blinds! Knowing me, I would somehow trip up and end up THROUGH the window!!

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                              #15
                              Hi SandraM - Ideally I'd prefer not to have to move the portaloo - I'll try the inside the bench option first, then this next. I think I'll be moving things round and round in circles for a long time!

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