The DIY Self Build Camper Van Conversion Blog

The thought of taking to the road to explore in a Motor Home or RV can be a very appealing one but the high costs of many factory built camper vans can stop a lot of us from experiencing this unique way of travelling.

But there is another way! with some basic DIY skills and some creative thinking, it's possible to build a campervan for just a few hundred pounds. That's exactly what I did with my van conversion.

If you want to know how to build a Motorhome / CamperVan very cheaply, without compromising on quality, then you've come to the right place. I'll show you how I converted a tired old Ford Transit Minibus, into a very stylish and comfortable Motor Home, for under £500!

Once upon a time there was an old Transit Minibus...

Ford Transit minibus
For Sale - Ford Transit Minibus:
After many years of talking about building our own camper van, out of the blue the opportunity arrived to actually build one. Su was reading the local paper and spotted an advert " for sale, 1993, diesel, automatic, Ford Minibus, long MOT, gearbox needs attention £395 ono.

Even though the last thing on our minds was buying a minibus or any other van come to that, I found myself spontaneously phoning the telephone number and within the hour we were looking around the bus and had bought it (after a bit of haggling) for £300.

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The next day I drove the bus the 6 miles home, which took some time as the gearbox couldn't get out of 2nd gear! but never the less, we were pleased as punch with 'our' bus.

Build cost so far £300.00