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!

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Once upon a time there was an old Transit minibus
Buying the Bus

Moving up a gear
Fixing the automatic gearbox

The conversion begins
Getting started

From virtual reality to actual reality
Planning the layout using 3D software & masking tape!

We need somewhere to sit
Designing and building the seating/bed unit

Making real progress
Building cupboards, walls, a table, 2nd seating unit to finish off the double bed.

Doors doors everywhere!
Making 13 doors for only £2.00 each

Let there be light
Fitting 12v & 24v lighting

Bed time
Cutting down recycled caravan cushions for the bed

Cooker hood
Making a cooker hood from recycled aluminium

Now time for a bit of colour
Painting & varnishing all the doors

Organised chaos
Getting ready to assemble all the pieces like the gas hob etc.

Installing the mains hook up socket
Installing the mains hook up socket

The refit begins
The exciting bit!

The bus has got shades
Tinting the windows

Tiling the kitchen area

Table modifications
Designing a better way to fix the table to the wall

Chim chiminee
Fitting the cooker hood chimney

Table storage
Designing easy table storage brackets

All the painting done, what do you think?
Finally finished all the painting

Down the plug hole
Waste water container (no spills) design for on the move

Fresh water
Fresh water container (no spills) design for on the move

Installing the electrics, split charger & 2nd battery

Drawing to a close
Making the curtains

Jumping through hoops
Getting the bus MOT'd & insured

The end
Finished time to hit the road