Camper Van Conversions
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. Our comprehensive guide helps you through every stage, from planning, buying an empty van, sourcing parts, choosing layouts , fitting furniture and the legal paperwork required.
More and more people are converting their own camper vans. With the reduced costs of second hand vehicles, especially panel vans, and the increased availability of the parts required, it has never been easier.
Building your own camper van can be a hugely rewarding project. It can also be a lot cheaper than buying a camper van. If you build your own camper van you can also have a vehicle that exactly meets your needs, especially useful if you are using your vehicles for sports, such as motorcross or surfing.
If you are a competent DIY enthusiast, then you should have few problems building you own camper van. You can expect to build a good looking vehicle. See the list of self built camper vans.
You can even aim for a professional looking conversion. If you have limited DIY skills, then you should not be put off. Very little is required to make a liveable vehicle. Building a basic camper van just takes a little money and time. See the list of self built camper vans for ideas and inspiration.
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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. Read more »
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. Read more »
Below you will find many example and ideas from other camper van and motor homes. Hopefully these will give you some good ideas also. Read more »
- Sikaflex - Perhaps the best adhesive/sealant available. It has a wide range of uses such as fixing windows and roof lights. It is also great for securing solar panel brackets to van roofs without needing to use screws or bolts, which could lead to leaks. Sikaflex 221 or 252 are very good. 252 is quicker setting with a harder consistency. Read more »
Insulating and lining your campervan is one of the most important steps to making it a comfortable environment to live and sleep.
Fitting windows to your camper van conversion is one of the best finishing touches to change it from a van into a campervan. This guide lays out the different options of window type, and how to fit those windows to your van. Read more »
Split-charge relay - More than 50amps can flow between the engine battery and your leisure battery, so always get a relay that is rated at 50amps or more. Preferably 75 or 100 amps. Read more »
Deciding what to put in your camper van conversion is something you should decide from the start. Planning your layout is essential before your start buying or making any interior parts. What you fit to your camper van will be mainly determined by your intended use of the vehicle, the size of the vehicle and your budget. Read more »
There are a number of companies offering professional camper van conversions. These companies are specialists and deliver excellent work. Most will convert any vehicle you provide them, and most will source a new or used base vehicle for you. A lot of these companies also provide parts, and complete kits for your own camper van conversion. Read more »
Update: July 2012 - The DVLA have reverted to their original policy regarding re-registering of campervans. Read more »
Want to do a camper van conversion but don't have a big budget?
Campervan conversions don't have to cost big money. We've probably all seen conversions that have cost thousands of pounds or dollars, but we don't all want that.
It's quite possible to make a functioning camper van with little, and sometimes, zero money. Read more »