August 16th, 2021

How Are Vans Converted to a Camper?

Are you attracted to the idea of driving your very own hotel on wheels? Whether you’re planning a minibreak in the UK, or simply want a luxurious pad for your daytrip to the beach, a converted campervan offers a home away from home.
If you’re only just beginning to explore the idea of a camper conversion, this guide will describe the main considerations involved in fitting out your standard van with a modern and innovative interior.

Choosing your van

Can you choose just any old van to convert? Whilst modifications can be made to plenty of vehicles, the VW Transporter is one of the most popular vans to convert. Whether it’s a T5 or a T6, there’s plenty of potential for sophisticated upgrades in a Volkswagen which is why they’re legendary in the campervan industry. Although Volkswagen offer their own VW California campervan, the eyewatering cost of the vehicle means that many van owners prefer to convert their existing VW Transporter instead. The bonus of doing so is that you get to pick your precise modifications too.

Selecting your conversion features

The first step with VW conversions is to decide exactly how you plan to use your converted camper. For example, if you’re hoping to head to the beach regularly, then you might choose a design with an integrated fridge and a hob & sink combo. Those with an active lifestyle might prefer a conversion with plenty of storage space for skis, snowboards or surfboards. Electric beds are also available at the touch of a button with added headspace thanks to a pop-top roof.

Essential considerations

As fun as it is to pick your upgrades, it’s also important to work some essentials into your design too. These include:
• Electricity, gas and water – only trust a professional campervan specialist to correctly install your electricity and gas supply. You should also plan for fresh and wastewater storage depending on the appliances installed in your camper. External containers or a fixed internal water tank are your main options.
• Insulation – if you’ve ever spent a night in an uninsulated vehicle, then you’ll know how unpleasant it can be. For the ultimate in luxury, you might add a sound deadening layer at the same time for extra comfort.

Give yourself enough time

If you have a trip coming up and need your van to be fully converted in advance, then make sure you leave yourself enough time for the VW conversion process. VisionTech Automotive will usually need your van for an average of 4 weeks, but we’ll also discuss your preferences at a meeting beforehand, so it’s best to get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Please contact us on 01206 820033 or email to get the ball rolling.

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