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!

We need somewhere to sit!

self build camper van DIY conversion seating
The next step in the build is to make the seating/bed. This needed a lot of thought as there are a lot of variables to take into account, such as the lengths of the cushions, the overall width of the bus/bed, the gap between the two seating areas, storage and the overall strength.

Fortunately we were given 10 pieces of caravan bedding in various sizes, so this was a good starting point as a least I know how deep the seating area will be. Using my 3D program I eventually came up with a design that worked on all counts.

3D detailed drawings are shown here in the A BUS FOR US ebook. 

The cushions in the picture are there just for reference, we have a long cushion that will need cutting down to fit perfectly. Also around the front of the unit will be faced with thin MDF which will then be painted and the wooden sliding door runners I made will be stained the same as the floor, as will all the wood trim. I've also got to fit some handles to the sliding doors.

self build camper van DIY conversion
Next job is to make the cupboard (on the right) , which also doubles as one of the toilet walls.

Build cost so far £400.00