How to convert your van into a Campervan
September 29, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Buying a van is a large investment, with van owners often wanting a return on their investment when it comes to selling their van on. Often these vans are high mileage as they are designed to be workhorses, but this can make the value decrease more than most owners would like. Vans are designed to work hard, day in and day out, coupled with proper servicing and maintenance, the vans will go on for years. Many owners only look to sell on their vans, or part-exchange them, often overlooking the other options out there, such as converting them into a horsebox or a campervan. So how do you go about converting your van into a campervan? We tell you how.
Choosing the right van
Maybe you own the ideal van already, or you could be looking to have your own DIY project that will give you the satisfaction of having your own holiday home that you have shaped yourself. The first step is finding the right van to suit your needs. You need to consider how many people are going to be using the campervan and ensure there is enough space. We would recommend that wherever possible a diesel is purchased, as it provides greater fuel economy. When considering which van to go for, one which has removable seats, or is already gutted is ideal. Capel's van centre is more than happy to assist you in finding your ideal van for your campervan project.
Basic interior components
When you are looking to design your van there is a number of must-haves you need to consider. The first one has to be ventilation. You need to consider how you are going to ventilate your campervan, as you need to ensure that you can let fresh air inside the van as body heat, as well as cooking, can allow condensation to build up. For one person, usually cracking windows would work, but it is best to go for a popup roof vent wherever possible. The other important aspects you need to consider during the conversion is heat and insulation. The vans as they are will not stay warm enough unless it is the mildest of weather, so we recommend that the van is insulated with at least 1 inch of foiled EPS insulation and plywood. This is the only form of insulation that will not degrade with the vibrations from the road.
Designing the interior
Once you have the basic components fitted, you can get onto the interesting part of designing the interior. The basic point that needs to be considered is storage. Campervans are not always equipped with a wide area of space, so careful planning is paramount. Consider getting stacking storage and items which can fold away, or convert into something else - for example, a sofa and table that can convert into a double bed, to maximise the available space. The other big consideration is your space for food preparation and cooking. Space saving tips include having a hob or sink, with a fold-down cover that can be used to double up as a worktop.
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