We created our own Copacabana-inspired motorhome for £21k – it has a rooftop drinks area, chaise longue and even a swing

We created our own Copacabana-inspired motorhome for £21k – it has a rooftop drinks area, chaise longue and even a swing

A MUSIC loving couple who fell head over heels after discovering their mutual love of Barry Manilow have unveiled the results of their Copacabana-inspired motorhome renovation. 

Husband and wife Paul and Victoria W-B from Essex decided to fork out £8k on the Fiat Ducato after Paul underwent life-saving bowel surgery and they wanted an adventure. 

A pair of childhood sweethearts decided to create their very own Copacabana-inspired motorhome called Barry Vanilow
A pair of childhood sweethearts decided to create their very own Copacabana-inspired motorhome called Barry VanilowCredit: Channel 5
Husband and wife Paul and Victoria W-B from Essex splashed out over £21,000 on the renovations
Husband and wife Paul and Victoria W-B from Essex splashed out over £21,000 on the renovationsCredit: Channel 5

The couple then put upwards of £13k of their hard-earned cash into making it into what they’d always dreamed of – a £21k motorhome inspired by the lyrics of Manilow’s hit Copacabana.

And they showed off the results in a recent episode of Channel 5 series Million Pound Motorhome. 

Their custom-made motorhome, which they use for enjoying holidays around the UK, is now complete with a cocktail bar with pineapple glasses, a pink chaise longue and even a swing.

They also recently installed a “special” rooftop terrace area where they can enjoy drinks, including Victoria’s favourite tipple – champagne. 

Victoria, who works as a nurse and said she loves the “over the top” design, explained: “When I was 17 and Paul was 23, we fell in love literally over a love of music.

“When we built this campervan, we sort of wanted to keep that theme.”

Electrician Paul continued: “I was gravely unwell for a period of time and I think it just worked out well that to carry on going on holiday [safely during Covid], this was the way to do it.”

And showing he’s never looked back since, Paul then quipped: “When I’m driving the van by myself and no one else is in here, I must admit I do get some unusual looks. 

“I think they think someone is sitting here with feathers and is waiting for me to break into song.” 

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This is the couple’s second self-build as they traded in the 17-seater beach-themed minibus they previously bought in 2020 as its ceilings were too low for Paul. 

Victoria said: “The challenge with the other bus was that it had a low roof, so we made the decision to do a higher-topped one.”

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Now, the couple plan to head to France on a three-week road trip where they expect to be stopped by lots of passers by.

Victoria explained: “Wherever we go now, we have to factor in at least an hour into the journey because we know people will want to come and photograph it and admire it.”

Million Pound Motorhome continues Sundays on Channel 5 and you can catch up on past episodes on My5

The custom-made motorhome is used for enjoying holidays around the UK
The custom-made motorhome is used for enjoying holidays around the UKCredit: Channel 5
The couple proudly drive the 'over the top' vehicle around the UK
The couple proudly drive the ‘over the top’ vehicle around the UKCredit: Channel 5
The van has a rooftop drinks area, chaise longue and even a swing
The van has a rooftop drinks area, chaise longue and even a swingCredit: Channel 5

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