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Van Life: Maeve the Westy Remodel

June 9, 2017

Today, my handsome, talented, hard-working, Renaissance-man, husband, Colton turns 30. For his birthday, he wanted to take Maeve the Westy for a long road trip to Yosemite National Park.  I agreed because he took me to Mexico for my 30th, and I love the idea of hiking some of the national park trails. We are now on the road, living the van life, for the next three weeks.  You can follow along on Instagram, and be sure to check out our stories too, @loveyoumoretoo @coltondaine .

Maeve’s history

Maeve is a 1978 Volkswagon Westfalia camper van.  She has two full beds, a sink and stovetop.

We purchased Maeve 7 months ago from an adorable family in Austin.  They wanted her to go to a good home, and Colton had been searching for months.  I knew it was a match made in VW heaven. We drove back from Austin in the rain with broken windshield wipers and cold air blowing through the vents. Although it was freezing, we laughed the whole way and dreamed of where we would take her.

Why Maeve?

Choosing a name for a vehicle is time consuming.  We wanted a name that sounded old/had a cool meaning.  At the time of purchase, we were deep in to HBO’s Westworld. If you have seen Westworld, you know that Maeve is a strong, elusive, sexy character. We liked the name and looked more in to it.

The name Maeve originates from Ireland (one of our favorite countries) and means “she who intoxicates.”  Considering Colton has been enamored by Westfalias since his first time seeing one, we knew this was it. We hope Maeve will bring us to places with intoxicating views and stay strong throughout our journey.

Maeve’s renovation

Although she was in pretty good condition, we wanted to make her ours and shine her up. First, we took her to the shop to get her engine and all mechanics tuned up. We have had a couple of issues since, but Colton is quickly learning how to fix many of them.

Once the mechanical to dos were complete, we sent her to the paint shop for a complete overhaul. Colton chose java green as the main body color.  We finally got her back after waiting a couple of months.

Then, Colton worked hard to complete the inside.  He laid down carpet, reupholstered the back seat, swapped out the curtains, created cute curtain rods, made white side panels, and more.

Photo by Allison Davis

Photo by Allison Davis

Photo by Allison Davis

Photo by Allison Davis

Maeve’s journeys

Austin to north Dallas (about 220 miles)

North Dallas to Lake Ouachita and back with the pups (about 600 miles)

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North Dallas to Baton Rouge, then Gulf State Park and back (about 1,400 miles)

Current journey: Dallas- Big Bend- Marfa- Tucson- Joshua Tree- Los Angeles- Yosemite National Park- Sequoia National Park- Las Vegas- Grand Canyon- Antelope Canyon/Grand Staircase- Santa Fe- Palo Duro Canyon State Park- Dallas

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and check back over the next few weeks for travel guides for each destination.

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38 Comments

  • Reply Steph June 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

    This is so cool and I love “her” name!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Thank you so much, Steph!

  • Reply Kate June 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Ohhh, I love the colors you chose! What a cool remodel! Here’s to many adventures in your future with her.

    x Kate
    http://www.thegoldsister.com

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you, Kate. It took us forever to pick a color. haha.

  • Reply Maria June 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    This is the cutest!! I Love the color!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Thank you! We are pretty crazy about her.

  • Reply Victoria with One Sharp Mama Blog June 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This is the coolest thing I have read all day! What an awesome project

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Thank you, Victoria! You are too sweet.

  • Reply Jessica Devlin Design June 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    this looks freaking amazing! so much fun

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

      It’s been a blast so far!

  • Reply Bailey June 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Love this! My cousin is in the middle of a van remodel so I will be sure to pass this along to them.

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thank you, Bailey!

  • Reply val June 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    LOVE Maeve – what a beauty!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Val! We like her a lot. 😉

  • Reply Lauren June 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Looks awesome! Love the retro look have a blast on all your adventures.

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks, Lauren!

  • Reply Nikki June 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Jessica, this is so neat! I love her name and I hope your husband has a great 30th birthday!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thank you! It was a pretty epic birthday for him. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel G June 11, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Wow!!! That remodel must have taken a lot of time and thought but the results are amazing!! I hope you guys have the best time on your getaway! I think trips are the best way to celebrate milestone birthdays!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      I couldn’t agree more. Memories are always better than material things.

  • Reply Kim June 12, 2017 at 12:16 am

    She is a beauty! And I can’t wait to see all the places she will take you! Looks like it was some work but clearly a labor of love! Happy Travels!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

      She was for sure, but so far, totally worth it. 🙂

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag June 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

    What a great name, and it looks like the remodel turned out very well! I hop you all have a great time on your vacation and happy birthday to Colton!

    -Lauren

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you, Lauren! We are a week in and doing great!

  • Reply Charlotte June 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Awww Maeve looks great!! Love the remodel and the color you chose. Happy birthday to Colton and can’t wait to hear about your travels!!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thank you, Charlotte. It’s been pretty great so far!

  • Reply Emily June 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Maeve looks amazing! Happy Birthday to Colton. It looks like it was a lot of work, but so much fun! Safe travels!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thank you, Emily!! It’s been great so far.

  • Reply Lecy | A Simpler Grace June 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    She looks great! I love the idea of fixing up an old van and taking her out for some road trips! Hope you have many more this summer.

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thanks, girl! It’s been an adventure for sure.

  • Reply Dominique June 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Wow she looks beautiful! Look forward to hearing all about where you guys head to. We’re doing a couple of trips later this year camper-van stlye (I’ve never tried it before!) So will be keen to hear what you think!

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

      haha. I will be happy to share my thoughts when it’s all over.

  • Reply Akaleistar June 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    How fun! Maeve looks fabulous 🙂

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Thank you! We like her a lot.

  • Reply Glamamom June 14, 2017 at 5:04 am

    What an adventure! So cool. Enjoy

    • Reply Jessica June 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Rebecca Hicks June 14, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I am seriously IN LOVE with Maeve. You did an amazing job remodeling her, and I now I want one so bad haha. I hope you and Colton have a great trip! <3 Can't wait to see all your pictures!

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