How To Build A Camper Van

An Actionable, Step-By-Step Guide For DIY Beginners

About This 100% free Camper Conversion Guide

No Build Experience Required

We barely knew how to use power tools before building our camper van. ZERO prior knowledge is required to follow our guide.

Step-By-Step Instruction

From choosing your van to plumbing, this guide starts from the beginning and details how to build a camper van from scratch.

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Build A Camper Van - Table Of Contents

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Part 1.

Choosing A Van For Your Conversion Build

If you’re in the very early stages of planning a camper van conversion, but you don’t even have a van yet, you might be asking yourself…

“What type of vehicle should I get?”
“How much do van’s cost?”
“How do you effectively negotiate with a van dealership?”

 If you have not yet selected your van, this section is for you.

Part 2.

Planning Your Camper Van Build

Great! You got your van and now it’s time to start planning your conversion build. Now is a great time to start asking yourself the following questions:

“How do I design a camper floor plan?
“Do I want a stealth camper van?”
“What type of bed do I want? Fixed or convertible?”
“Should I get a fridge and/or heater?”
“Should I install a toilet and/or shower room?”

 Below we cover the following topics in our van layout planning section.

Part 3.

Camper Van Interior Design Guide

Converting a campervan isn’t simply about hammering together some wood and connecting your batteries. Because of the very limited space inside a van, thinking about your camper’s interior design is a lot more important than most average homes. 

“How to begin designing the interior a camper van?”
“Which color I should paint for the walls?”
“Where do I place the LED lights?”
“Tips for camper van interior decoration?”

 Below we cover the following topics in our camper van interior design section.

Part 4.

Building The Foundation Of Your Camper Van

Here is where we really start to get our hands dirty and start building our camper van interior. We call this section the “foundation” because it deals with everything before building our interior furniture.

Here we discuss:

How to properly insulate a camper van.
Putting in windows and a vent fan.
Installing a floor, walls, and a beautiful ceiling.

Check out each of our posts below for more information on each part of the van conversion process.

Part 5.

Electrical System Installation

Assembling your own DIY electric system in your camper van can feel like a daunting task. With so many things to consider, a multitude of wires and components to buy, it can be confusing to know where to start. That’s why we created this step-by-step electric guide to get you from start to finish as quickly and effectively as possible.

In this section of our van build guide, we cover:

What electric wire sizes you need.
How to properly size your house battery system.
Everything you need to know about solar panels for camper vans.
Step-by-step installation guide to get everything connected and working.

Part 6.

Solar Panel System Installation

Setting up your personal photovoltaic system (aka solar panels!) in your camper van is a fantastic way to become energy independent and live out your dreams of boondocking all throughout the countryside. Follow our posts below to get your van’s solar system up and running.

In our posts below you’ll learn:

Part 7.

Building Interior Furniture In A Camper Van

You can now move on to building your camper van’s interior furniture.

Warning: Lot of sticky wood glue involved!

Check out our posts below for detailed instructions on how to build each furniture piece inside your van conversion.

Part 8.

Plumbing & Water System

Plumbing is nobody’s idea of a good time.

There are so many different products and tiny fittings to think about that building a plumbing system in your van can become a real ache.

But we hope this section of our van build guide will help smooth your plumbing job.

Final Thoughts: Build Your Perfect DIY Campervan

Building our campervan was a huge process that literally took blood, sweat, and tears. Every day felt like we were taking two steps forward and one step back. But in the end, on May 2019, we finished our van conversion and jetted off on our own van life adventure.

And If We Can Build A Campervan...

Converting our own DIY campervan with our own hands and ingenuity was one of the most rewarding accomplishments of our lives. And we genuinely believe that if we can build our own beautiful DIY campervan, so can you! Just make a plan, take it slow, and do the best work that you can. And when in doubt, learn from other’s build experiences.

We hope our “Build A Campervan” guide provides you with a solid foundation to convert your own van. And as always, if you have any questions or comments, please send us an email in the contacts page.

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