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Converting a Van into a Campervan: Tips and Tricks

April 3, 2023

Van conversions have taken the UK by storm in recent years and it’s easy to see why. Campervans give you the freedom of the open road as well as financial ease and independence. In this post I explore the process of converting a van into your dream camper whilst sharing some tips to help with costs and DIY headaches you might encounter.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Van

The first step in converting a van into a camper is to choose the right vehicle for your needs. Do you want to be on the road a lot, or will you be parked up for periods of time in once place? Each type of van has its own pros and cons so it is important to do your research and determine which will work best for you.

Cargo and panel vans are the most popular choices for conversions because they offer a blank canvas for customisation. Camper vans, on the other hand, are already partially converted and may not offer as much flexibility in terms of design and layout. You may also want to consider which van insurance suits your needs on the road. 

Step 2: Planning the Layout

Once you have chosen your vehicle the next step is to plan your interior layout. You’ll need to decide which features and amenities you want to accommodate such as a bed, kitchen, bathroom, and storage space. Try to plan your layout as carefully as possible to make sure everything fits conveniently into a snug space.

Step 3: Installing Insulation and Flooring

Before you can start your build you need to deal with insulation and flooring. Mess up at this stage and you’ll be suffering in the long run from cold nights and frosty interiors. There are a variety of different types of insulation and flooring including spray foam insulation, rigid foam insulation and vinyl flooring. It’s worth splashing out here on high-quality materials that will stand up to the wear and tear of the road.

Step 4: Building Out Your Campervan

With the insulation and flooring in place, you’re ready to tackle the main build. You’ll finally see your van taking shape as you add your bed, kitchenette, bathroom, and storage space. Take your time during this process and ensure that everything is installed correctly and securely.

Step 5: Adding the Finishing Touches

Once your campervan is built out it’s time to add the finishing touches. Relish every minute of adding your finishing touches such as curtains, pillows, and artwork – whatever makes it feel like an extension of home. You could also consider adding features such as solar panels, a roof rack, or a bike rack, to make your campervan even more functional and economical.

Tips and Tricks for Converting a Van into a Campervan

In a nutshell, follow these keys steps and you’ll be free wheelin’ in no time….

  1. Plan your layout carefully and consider your needs and preferences.
  2. Use high-quality materials and tools to ensure that your campervan is safe and comfortable.
  3. Take your time during the build process and don’t rush through any steps.
  4. Be flexible and willing to make changes to your design as you go along.
  5. Seek out advice and support from other van conversion experts!

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