Update: July 2012 - The DVLA have reverted to their original policy regarding re-registering of campervans. The vehicle does not need to have graphics on to be re-registered. A well converted vehicle with windows is likely to be registered as a Motorcaravan, and not a van with side windows.
Planning any camper van conversion is essential. If you don't you could find yourself undoing work you have already done, wasting time and materials. You'll also save yourself more than a few headaches.
Buying a camper van should be the start of a wonderful exploring experience with your new vehicle. I've compiled this guide to help you get the most for your money and to avoid the pitfalls that can arise when buying a used vehicle.
Since VW popularised the camper van the Transporter remains one of the most popular vans on which to base a campervan. Since the early Split Screen model companies have converted many vehicles on the various VW chassis.
eBay is a great place to find lots of example for sale. Due to the ever rising prices of VW campervans, eBay remains a great place to find a bargain.
There are always lots of campervans for sale, but you'll find a bigger choice at a lower price at the end of the autumn season, as people sell the vehicles they have enjoyed for the summer. This is a great time to buy a vehicle as it gives you the winter to prepare the vehicle for your spring and summer use.
Wild camping, or free camping is where you park your vehicle in an acceptable place, such as a beach car park, and camp for free. Camping is perhaps a misleading term. In most countries erecting a tent is not accepted, and you should ensure that all of your things remain in your vehicle. Sitting outside with a table and chairs is fine, as is hanging out your washing.
Choosing the right type of vehicle for your campervan conversion is critical. You need a vehicle that matches your camping requirements, budget and vehicle maintenance skill level.
Choosing the right vehicle from the start means you can crack on with your conversion, and not look back. Choosing the wrong vehicle means delays in starting your conversion, and it'll probably cost you money too.
Lets look at the types of vehicle available, and which is best suited to you.
It's never been easier to build your own camper van. With the reduced cost and increased availability of parts, tools and used vehicles you too can make your own dream camper van, at a fraction of the cost of buying a professional conversion.
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