Comments, Suggestions?

Welcome to our new site on building your own camper van or RV conversion.

The site has details on many van conversions and other efficient camping solutions, a large section with design/build information on all of the areas involved in doing a conversion (layout, floors/walls,  galley, insulation, plumbing, electrical, windows, beds, toilets, …), a resources section with all sorts of references that can be helpful doing a conversion, and lots more.

 

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If you’ve done a camper van or other conversion yourself and you would be up for providing some pictures and description for this site, please let me know.

If you have any ideas for material that should be covered, please let me know.

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or feedback:

 

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    • Hi,
      I don’t know of any, but don’t know that much about awnings.

      You have probably checked with Fiamma?

      Gary

  1. Hi Gary.
    Your original site provided a lot of great information and gave me the incentive to do it myself. I am converting a 2015 promaster window van , BUT, isn’t there always a but, I am curious as to how you fed the wires from the van battery to the house batteries. I have placed my batteries on the passenger side above the rear axle.
    Thank you and have a great day.
    Roger Nash.

    • Hi Roger,
      My house battery is on the drivers side a few ft aft of the driver seat. I ran the wires from the van battery under the driver seat and then over to the side of the van, and then inside the wall back to the house battery. Part of the run (under the seat area) is enclosed in plastic conduit for protection.

      Not what route would be best for a house battery on the passenger side, but I’m sure you can work something out — maybe use conduit for protection as needed.

      That is a pretty long wire run, so be sure to pick a large enough gage to avoid having a lot of voltage drop. There is a voltage drop table link in the References part of my site.

      Gary

  2. I have been reading your site on installing a 5 gallon propane tank in a contained, vented location. A question is about turning the tank off. I would like to do this installation, but turn the tank off each time it is done being used. This looks difficult with the four wing nuts to hold the lid down. Do you turn the tank off after each use?

    • Hi Mike,
      It is a bit of a pain on mine to actually turn off the valve on the propane tank — you have to undo the 4 wing nuts, lift the top, and close the valve.
      About the only time we have had to do this was for ferry crossing, but if you wanted to do it after each use you would have to have a smoother way.

      Maybe add an additional shutoff valve in the line just outside the sealed compartment? Not quite as good as turning the tank valve off, but it does shut down most of the system plumbing and applicances.

      Please let us know what you end up doing.

      Gary

  3. I have a 2015 chevy 1500 express van i’m turning into a weekend camper van. My question is concerning solar power. I’m a little nervous installing the system, What would you say is the difficulty level of installing a 200 watt system?

    thanks for your time

    • Hi Steve,
      I’d say if you are installing the rest of the electrical system, the solar part is no more difficult.

      You will need the pv panel(s) and a charge controller that is correct for the pv panels.
      rennolgy makes some solar kits that would allow you to make sure the charge controller is compatible with the pv panels. Amazon has some of these kits.

      Gary

  4. I was wondering if you could recommend how I can find someone to help me do a van conversion. I am a 48-year-old woman who simply never learned the skills required to do it myself. I am planning to start living full time in my van in August and I am in the process of buying the van right now (step or cargo). I just don’t have a clue where to look for someone to assist with the work that will need to be done to convert it. Any ideas where and what I should look for?

    • Hi Kelli,
      I don’t have a list of converters, but there are quite a few.

      Steve on the ProMaster forum used Moorehead Design, and it looks like he got a good result: http://www.promasterforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16609
      Steve was able to save a lot on his conversion because Moorehead was willing to be flexible on how fancy they made it and on not going overboard on features. Steve has something like 15K miles on his trip from the south US up to Alaska and back — so, a pretty well proven approach.

      Sportsmobile is a good site to look at — they do a lot of conversions and will do the conversion on your van.

      I think most areas have a few places that will do this kind of work — some of them just individuals who do conversions. This may be a good option, but I’d be very careful about getting a quality conversion. Having an agreed on timeline is also important as conversions can take a long time.

      Please report back on what you decide on and how it works out.

      Gary

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