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The open road is calling. It's your year to start your build and hit the road! Get started strong with our inspiring tips:

1. Set a Budget + Know Lead Times

Before you start any van conversion project, it's important to set a budget. Determine a comfortable budget that works in stride with your build timeline and product lead times (check our product descriptions for out of stock information). This will help you make decisions about what features and materials to include in your van.

Planning out your budget and expected build time together will help you better balance your purchases and expectations. 

2. Plan Your Layout 

Think about how you want to use your van and plan the layout accordingly. Consider factors such as sleeping arrangements, storage space, and cooking facilities. Sketch out a floor plan to visualize the layout and make adjustments as you consider your lifestyle further. 

Consider your campervan must-haves:

  1. van windows
  2. thermal heat barrier + insulation 
  3. campervan awning
  4. durable RV flooring
  5. roof-top fan 
  6. roof-top A/C
  7. water tank + pump
  8. 48V Power Kit
  9. refrigerator 
  10. water filter
  11. heater

3. Choose the Right Materials

When it comes to building your dream van, choosing the right materials is crucial. Opt for lightweight and durable materials that are suitable for the van environment. Consider factors such as strength, breathability, insulation, moisture resistance, and ease of installation.

Check out pre-designed kits and cabinets from modern van build companies. We offer a wide-selection of interior ready-to-install cabinets, bed systems, ceiling panelwall panel, and flooring kits, as well as trim kits to help quickly complete your van build's most difficult areas. 

4. Research Van Conversion Techniques

Get firsthand experience from other DIYers. There are many resources available online that can help you learn about van conversion techniques. Take the time to research build methods to make sure you're prepared to build safely and securely for longterm wear.

Learn from others who have already completed van conversions to avoid common pitfalls.

5. Consider Professional Help

If you're not confident in your DIY skills, consider hiring a professional to help with your van conversion. A professional builder can provide expertise and guidance throughout the process, ensuring that your dream van is built to the highest standards.

We work with tons of industry leading builders and would be happy to point you in the direction of a quality Campervan shop near you. 

6. Take Safety Precautions

When working on your van conversion, it's important to prioritize safety. Follow all safety guidelines and use appropriate protective equipment. If you're unsure about any aspect of the conversion, consult with a professional or seek advice from experienced van builders.

Always read instructions thoroughly and know product installations completely prior to purchasing. The most expensive error can be easily avoided by doing thorough research prior. Some products require special tools, while other require special install locations. Reach out to our support team and let us help guide your van build! 

7. Test and Refine

Experience is the best teacher. Once your dream van is complete, take it for a test drive and spend some time living and traveling in it. This will give you the opportunity to identify any areas that need improvement and make necessary adjustments. Don't be afraid to refine your design until you're completely satisfied.

8. Enjoy the Journey

Building your dream van is a journey in itself. Embrace the process and enjoy every step along the way. Take pride in your accomplishments and remember that the end result will be a van that is uniquely yours.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your dream van conversion. Set your goals, gather your resources, and get ready to embark on an exciting adventure. Your dream van awaits!

Find more Gear + Build Resources in one Place

We've got the most complete selection of van gear and product resources. Find tons of install guides and product reviews right here, and reach out to our team for information on product questions, lead times and more. 

Check out our product Van Build Guides below:

MegaHex Portable Fire Pit

Flarespace Bed Panel System

Aluminess Tire/Ladder Carrier

EcoFlow Power Kit Install

VanEssential Bug Screens and Window Covers 

weBoost Drive Reach RV

VWD Bonded Window Install

See all our current tutorials on our YouTube!

We're your Campervan Headquarters! 

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