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!

Making real progress.

Finally after many distractions and other commitments, I've now managed to invest a good few hours back into the build. I'll run through what I've achieved so far in the order that they were completed.

The first couple of jobs to be done was to add some shelves, a back and a door frame to the main cupboard in the living area and build a cabinet in the bathroom which also blocks out part of the window.


Next to be constructed was the kitchen wall, which is made of 1/4" ply on a wooden jointed framework, the wall has to be strong enough to take the weight of the tiles, cupboard and cooker hood which is going to be made out of aluminium and shaped like the cardboard mock up in the picture.

I then moved on to make the wall behind the cab and runners for the sliding door (see picture below), the cut outs you can see are for the door handle and sliding door hinge.

Lots of pictures shown here in the A BUS FOR US ebook. Such as, the wall behind the cab, plus the 2nd seating area that houses the electrics and also the folding table. All of which, go to make up the double bed. 

This is how the bed base looks with all the corresponding pieces in place, which makes for a good size and very solid bed. We will be sleeping across the width of the bus.

More pictures shown here in the A BUS FOR US ebook.

Because of all the recycling on this part of the build it has only cost me about £25.00, not bad eh!

Build cost so far £425.00