How To Convert a Van into a Camper Van (Our Mercedes Vito Build)

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Last Updated on December 31, 2020

If you’re looking at doing a DIY camper van conversion then follow along with us as we walk you step-by-step through the process of building our 2003 Mercedes Vito van.

We started with no experience, no relevant skills, and not much more than a rough idea of what we wanted to create.

This post will be constantly updated as we go through the buildout.

DIY Campervan Conversion Plan

  • Buying a van
    • Different types of vans
    • Insurance
  • Design
    • Planning your layout
    • Designing the aesthetic
  • Cleaning
    • Remove old vinyl wrap
    • Remove everything you can from inside
    • Keep mats and trim etc to make templates
    • Preliminary cleaning
  • Preparation
    • Grind off surface rust
    • Deep clean so it’s spotless
    • Spray anti-rust paint
    • Final white paint coat
    • Reinstall anything you’re keeping
    • Make a note of anything that’s broken or needs replacing
  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Ceiling
    • Ventilation
  • Walls
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
    • Stove & cooking
    • Refrigeration
    • Water & plumbing
  • Solar & Electrical
    • Lighting
  • Van Life Essentials


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