March 9, 2021

How to Build a Home Made Camper Van / Start to Finish DIY Off-Grid Conversion

here is the step-by-step process how to build your home on wheels once you make the purchase plan it out always start with the biggest dimensions and demands mine demand was storing e-bikes without taking them apart this dictates the entire layout that would be pretty high so I need

to figure out a bikes position so it can be as low as possible because we planned to live inside full time we needed enough space in the main living area you have to move around each other without getting crazy in the following step you should strip the van

off take everything out that doesn't have to be in there in our case it was everything the divider see it's all panels and covers do all the mechanical fixing at the very beginning this is important before you process and occur you want to have fully functional and trustworthy

vehicle so make sure it is for some people it might be just a little change for somebody else timing belt tires this is just two individual after the car is sound and safe make sure you can use it for days you should have a seat in there swivel

mechanisms are essential for us the mechanism is pretty expensive and I was not willing to pay over $300 for each of them I found some cars that have swivels by default and found two second-hand seats online the only thing to make were basis for those seats to be

pitted fun project to do an opportunity to practice welding to me next are windows or roof windows let's do all the main things right at the beginning beside where you want them and cut holes for them next I made a simple wooden frame to even up the thickness

of the entire roof the window climbs together like a sandwich and for proper feet it needs solid support but just make sure the top part of a roof window or side windows is properly sealed for that you need some good glue that is pretty resilient towards weather conditions

this I believe is capable for most people it's a paint job first of all I did somebody get to fill some imperfections second I ran around the car with fine sandpaper and send down some loose parts with paint and rust thirds I washed and degrease the entire surface

of the car I know what I'm about to do is nothing conventional but hey my project my rules I decided to just roll the paint on our van Y is the cheapest possible way and I believed at this point fastest I spray painted all curves first so I

don't see strokes from a brush that means door from inside proof and just curves all around them after this I do two coats the result is pretty good I can tell you I don't stress about scratching the car at all if I do I can anytime do another

coat for a few dollars there is plenty of pre-made can prevent water tanks that you should use I personally would never do water thing inside of a car if there is an option to have them underneath the reason is of course space-saving I'm gonna tight budget so I'm

building my own tanks out of barrels it's more work but I like these kind of projects I'm connecting 425 liter barrels together to create hundred liter a freshwater tank another two together to make 50 liters gray water these barrels fit perfectly under the car and I weld a

supporting frame for it to the board this way things are covered protected and pushed hard against the car from the bottom Soler's are pretty easy you can buy brackets to attach them to the van and wire plugs let's seal your roof I don't buy them instead I just

got a l-shape aluminum drilled holes to them glued and screwed with self-tapping screws for wire such as drilled holes and then seal them with the same Sikaflex cool easy and cheap solution that does the job reversing camera is easy too this one was just cheap from eBay and

I read in comments it leaks after heavy rains no problem i siliconed it all round and instantly it's waterproof in the following steps you can do wires or insulation whatever you prefer I decided to do wires you should have all the wires in protective hoses so you don't

cut through them somewhere by accident I learned these later so please avoid it plan it like I did with the marker that's a good way this made it's easier to work with planning your lights and switches reversing camera inverter water pump fan and everything else you are adding

I also added extension cable drum from the bottom of our van because it's very convenient to just pull the cable out make sure you have plenty of USBs other way cool extra trick for urban camping I also made car charging reduction for charging stations this way I can

plug the entire car and use the power inside charging bikes etc cool thing to have is also a car charger so whenever you are plugged in it charges your deep-cycle batteries too next is the installation there is many ways out to insulate campervan this topic is broad that

you should research it on your own I chose to do silver double layer 18 millimeter and marijuana in this case is important to cover everything with panels and leave some air gaps in there I sprayed contact on both surfaces car and insulation and then just put it on

like a sticker my friend rich is helping me out I measured he cut shapes and isn't our face took us on a few hours he is it easy finally we moved to some more interesting parts again many ways how to do for the way I do it is

lifting and evening the floor up and using the same insulation there for the board itself is good to use lightly plywood pretty pricey so I just use off cuts that were lying around my workshop on the table icon tack glued vinyl for commercial use this one is more

resistant and difficult to scratch roof panel I measured and cut out of three millimeter MDF I made sure all my cutouts will fit and marked holes for lights to hear in the video I'm using fake black fabric I have spare at a workshop to make the final result

software and thicker second layer is fabric I use four panels to have unified style next I made few stands out of chipboard these curves copied an internal roof shape and I also stapled stripes of fabric not too damaged new ceiling fabric installing this panel was pretty easy with

all of this I used the same pu mammoth glue and push the panel hard against the roof the following morning we was cured and ready to move on next part to do our panels cover all the insulation up some people do wood and cover the entire van completely

this is a good way how to insulate vans even more and many choose the specific interior look I like modern look and panels out of way for me first I contacted my fabric to all of the structure parts of the vehicle that will be seen like underneath the

overhead units some places I cut MDF stripes and glue them with mammoth they earlier to have solid base for the fabric one panel above the back door wires bit more because it's complicated shaped you can see I'm using plastic sheet cut first I'm bending it after marking and

shaping inside of the van and later bolstering with two layers of fabric I made templates out of cardboard and transfer chips right on MDF the rest is just cutting them out follow up in the same principle like the roof panel thick black fabric first and then my interior

gray one splice back panel is thicker eight millimeter painted MDF because I'll be attaching things to later and needs to be more solid on the side door I used one millimeter painted metal sheet that I previously made base for so I can just mammoth glue it on for

furniture different people use different material I can easily tell the best one is lightened plywood it's pretty solid it doesn't work with humidity any super lightweight I didn't have the financial benefit of working with lies so I used for material at my workshop it is 18 millimeter chipboard

commonly used for furniture in Europe ebikes are the biggest cargo dictating our layout so I avoided them in made sure they fit and then mark dimensions on the ground sides and their hide on the wall based on these I ride away new kitchen sized electronics compartment entry unit

and how much space I have for garage units I'm starting with overhead units making the frame as light as possible that means cutting stripes edging them cutting them on sizes it's pretty simple photo bag I used three millimeter plastic sheet I headed my workshop because it bends very

easily before I staple it on the unit I contact like fabric on the facing side flat edge units to the car is one-man job as you can see by using self-tapping screws to the structural parts of the car so on these photos you can see first stage of

a kitchen planning how it should go Singh Gaston here I have the kitchen on a bench working on it making sure everything fits yep here we have the first test of the projector setup that up today it makes me very happy it was one of my friends idea

and I absolutely loved it very cheap 720p projector that runs on 12 volts and cause just built over $100 here you can see the swivel mechanism for the table extension here we have the main layout main living area this is the first stage here is the groove for

the screen projector and here we have the projector screen fitted this is a garage unit that helps with organization there is also safe after you install the cabinetry it's time to plug things together wire LED switches water bomb wire the battery fuses reversing camera fridge and so on

this is very satisfying phase because you see the final product it feels great in our case we are finishing the bed at this point because we don't need easy access to the back anymore it means welding the frame and installing lifting support making it ready for linear actuators

that will be lifting the bed up this last part is so much fun it's adding things and features to your fully functional portable living space on a go as you use the van you realize more behavior patterns and with pinch of critical thinking you realize how to make

it better we added so much from the day one like chopping board spice rack paper towel holder laptop holder extra USBs temperature station near both hooks it's so much fun to make it more livable enjoyable and more personalized space [Music] I see you made it all the way

to the end now you need to check out our vent work to see all these creative details in this van and how we operate it inside if you want to see how we travel and where we are right now check out Margaret's instagram at curly hair camping and

mine at panorama man see you in another video

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