Mollie

Mike Morgan

12115574_617706141700770_5071277273858833706_nWhere the “locals” meet and the “fun loving” tourist always return! Port Ohope General Store and café is not only a place to sit down and enjoy some good food but also a place of breathtaking views and what better way to take this all in but in ‘Mollie’

How it all began…

With ‘get rhythm’ in tow I called into the port store one afternoon and got talking to Greg and Ashlee (owners) they were absolutely blown away by ‘get rhythm’ and asked if they could have it on display at the shop one day. Being summer time we decided to get it up there as soon as possible, in which we did a few days later. ‘Get Rhythm’ was such a hit that Greg and Ashlee decided they wanted one of their own, a place where people could take a trip down memory lane or sit and make new ones of endless summer days.

Back to the basic’s…

I started to search for a caravan and just like with every customer it had to be the right one as each caravan tells its own story. I found a Doner caravan that was at the Whakatane motor camp. This caravan had originally been used as a Permanente home at the camp and was now beginning to come to its last legs. When Greg and Ashlee came to look at the caravan it was a match made in heaven, Greg’s parents had a caravan in the very same model (1969 Anglo pullman) when he was growing up that they used for many great camping adventures. This was the perfect caravan for them and in honor of Greg’s late mum this caravan was now to be called “Mollie”.12079323_619776054827112_3043542818073399954_n

The right theme…

Port Ohope General Store and café is situated within meters of one of New Zealands most famous beaches, Ohope beach therefore this caravan just had to continue the theme of beach life. After deciding on a theme I got straight to work looking for all sorts of beachy parts. As we like to find parts that are not found in your typical everyday environment this took just over 3months. Every part of detail in this caravan took a great time of planning to get just right.

The interior…

The first part of completing ‘Mollie’ consisted of stripping the whole caravan and then relining in late model composet12140796_617706168367434_7669757592371192471_n duo life paneling. This was not an easy task as we wanted to ensure that this caravan was rebuilt to last. The next step was getting the layout inside just right, everything inside ‘Mollie’ was custom made and made to make the most of the small space we had. The table was made out of two scaffold planks so that the table was not restricted to only four people but instead six people comfortably. The cabinet and sink is fully functional, the whole caravan is fitted out with a full Bluetooth sound system, LED lights are lined throughout the caravan and the couch can also be pulled out into a sleeping space.

12108794_617706201700764_7551289191306649739_nExterior…

Why blue and cream you ask? Blue and cream are the colour’s of the Port Ohope General Store and Café so therefore the caravan had to match that and just so happened it also tied in with the beach theme of ‘mollie’. As this caravan was going to be based in Ohope in amongst the sea air and salt we really had to make sure it was protected from all the elements. Everything was resealed, covered in two pack anti-corrosive etch primer and then painted with Altex paint making this caravan really built to last.

12118766_619775748160476_2245727560860814113_nAdded extras…

Throughout ‘Mollie’ there is many added extras that you wouldn’t find on a typical caravan. Mollie’s roof is carrying a custom made surf board that Greg got made for himself 35years ago, on the front is an awesome bike kitted out and called “Shelly”, the tail light panel is custom made, and the lights are from a 59 Cadillac. We tried to incorporate as much of the area as we could into ‘Mollie’ as well as try and keep it modern with a retro flare. mFor example the life buoy around the port hole is named ‘Pearly shells’ in lieu of Ray Bucanon, Ray operated a fishing boat from Owhia for many years, the speaker covers are used from an old radio and the rest we will let you try and discover.

Mollie now…

Mollie took just over six months to complete from start to finish, majority of the furnishing are custom made and was another exciting project for myself. Mollie can be found at the Port Ohope General Store and Café daily and will also be making an appearance at the 2016 Whangamata beach hop along with a couple of my other projects that I have completed recently.night

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