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First Steps to Convert Your Van

Now that you have your van, it’s time to build! Here are a few tips on how to begin building out your van. It's helpful to get organized and prepared for your project, big or small, here are a few tips that will help.

By Sam Mohun

October 22nd, 2021


Get to know your van

The first step is simple, throw a mattress in the back of your van and go for a trip. This is an easy and effective way to find out what you want in your build. By doing this it will give you time to think about what amenities you want in your van and where you want them. Bring a sketch pad for notes and diagrams that will help you create a final blueprint for your build. Taking a trip with just a bed in your van is a great first step to get to know how you would like to use the space in the most efficient way for you! 



There are so many cool builds out there today it is incredible! Look for inspiration for your build by checking out what other people have created. You can probably find a build in the same exact type of van as the one you bought! This is where you can find great hacks and tricks to vanlife that you don’t think about! Take notes on the power system, water and electricity. From professional installs to DIY systems, the internet is chock-full of solutions for these complicated problems.


Budgets & Lists

The next thing you want to do is determine a budget. Create lists by priority of what you want in your van. This is the time to think of creative ways like upcycling to make your build more affordable and unique. Well thought through lists that have been checked twice will decrease the number of hours you spend driving from your build to the hardware store just to remember another part when you get back. It is hard to remember everything and easy to get overwhelmed. Focusing on one project at a time will help, decide on a project and do the whole project before starting another.    

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Finally you have to just go for it! There are so many YouTube videos that will teach you everything you need to know about building out a van or old RV. If you are willing to put the time and energy into learning simple carpenter skills and have access to tools you can create your custom build. Always be cautious when you are doing anything with tools, they are dangerous. Keep your tools organized! Without organization you will waist time looking for your tools and your project will take way longer. 



These tips will make your van conversion a much easier process. Remember to use resources like Youtube and your local carpenters advice whenever you're running into trouble. Also, take a step back if you are getting frustrated. Building out your van should be a fun, yet utterly challenging project. With the right drive anyone can do it.   


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