When it comes to converting your campervan, you have two options. You can either give it a little update to make it a little more enjoyable on the road, or you can go for the kick-ass conversion that will transform your open road experiences! Converting your campervan is a really cool project, with so many different options and features to make it custom made to your personal style and preferences. It isn’t all about the beasty alloys and the after-market tail pipe, there are a few things to think about before you go ahead and get stuck in!
Buying the Right Van
You have the choice of buying yourself a second-hand van with plenty of potential for a kick-ass conversion, or you could opt for a brand-new van and add your own campervan conversion kit to it. The decision is mainly down to budgets and which van will be most cost-efficient for you. If you’re wanting to go for a state of the art, modern look then a newer, modern vehicle is the type for you. For those wanting to go for that rustic, old school campervan style then you should look at vans that go back a few years, they’re still in great working order but have the character you’re looking for.
Stay in The Loop
Many people decide to go ahead with a campervan conversion after planning to hit the open road. Travelling the open road is one of the best things you can do, especially if you do it with someone or a group of people that share the same travel interests. If your planning on traveling in your campervan with someone else, let them have some say in the conversion process. Keeping them in the loop will help make sure your adventure goes well and works out as best it can for the both of you. There are often key conversion points that others may pick up on, that you may have overlooked, and vice versa.
Be Money Savvy
Money is one thing that has to be monitored and controlled throughout converting a campervan. It’s so easy to get carried away with project purchases, so keep track of the money you’re spending and the money you have left to invest in your conversion. If you’re trying to keep your budget low, get online and search for some second-hand items that are still in great condition, as this will free up some money to put towards other areas of the van that you want to update or modify.
Do you ever drive past a row of houses and notice they all have solar panels sat on the roofs? Well you can actually do this with your campervan too. Solar panels are perfect for travelling, especially when you’re wanting to save money and be environmentally friendly. The solar panels can still run your fridge and other electronics, but you’re travelling in a much greener way, which is always beneficial. You can also look at recycling old van parts. If you’ve had enough of a certain part, don’t ditch it or throw it away, get it sold on EBay or take it to the local scrapyard to have it recycled, or put to good use!
If this is your first campervan conversion then there may be a few things you don’t know that could come in very handy. Meeting other campervan lovers and conversion pros will give you so much knowledge on anything you may need to know. Sharing your experiences and interests will also be really useful to other people too, so socialising with the community can help and work both ways! It’s also a really cool way of getting to know people who are interested in the same thing as you and getting inspiration from other converted van designs!