One of the ideas that my husband and I are toying with, is buying a used van and converting it into a campervan ourselves. I’ve seen lots of sprinter van conversions as well as VWs and even the little minivan conversions; that just get me so excited.
It would be a more affordable option for us, even though the price of a used van is still in the $10k plus range.
Oh, the other part that is probably important to mention is that neither my husband nor I have any experience in doing this type of thing. Lucky Ben is a bit of a handy man… but emphasis on the word ‘bit’. :-O
My favourite are the sprinter van conversions because:
- they don’t stick out like a sore thumb that they’re an RV
- they’re tall enough to stand in (my husband is 6 ft)
- small enough to drive almost all roads
- large enough to not have to cook on the bed or shower in the kitchen
I’ve seen some pretty shoddy van conversions over the years, where a few pieces of wood are nailed together to form a platform for a bed, the kitchen sink is a bucket and the water supply is 2L plastic bottles. I’m not talking about those.
I’m talking about the van conversions where you’re grateful to lay your head at night, in a comfortable, warm, tidy, well-designed space. And visually pleasing would be nice too. I don’t need pretty, but I don’t want ugly either.
These are exactly what I’m talking about…
Spacious and Breezy
Kristen from Bearfoot Theory – see source below
Stealth and Comfort
Mark from Stealth Sprinter – see source below
Functional and Fun
Dakota and Chealsea from Traipsing About – see source below
Minimalist and Graceful
Ross from Cargo Van Conversion Course – see source below
Rustic and Snug
Mike from Van Dog Traveller
Sleek and Smart
Jack from This Moving House – see source below
Sprinter Van Conversions – Sources
Spacious and Breezy: Bearfoot Theory
Stealth and Comfort: Stealth Sprinter
Functional and Fun: Traipsing About
Minimalist and Graceful: Cargo Van Conversion Course (Just a heads up, this is a lead page that asks you to enter your email address in order to be sent Ross’ Ultimate Van Conversion Cheat Sheet)
Rustic and Snug: Van Dog Traveller
Sleek and Smart: This Moving House
Much as I love seeing beautiful van conversions like these one, they do make me a tad nervous… now I want a van that looks like one of these! I don’t have the skills to build this myself, and I’m pretty sure my pallet of wood with a mattress on top is NOT going to cut it anymore. <sigh>
Have you ever done a sprinter van conversion?