Small Van Camper Conversions

This page is your index to a selection of small camper van conversions.   This includes vans like the Ford Transit Connect, VW, ProMaster City, and others.

The emphasis is on conversion stories that have a lot of design and construction detail.

If you’ve done or know of a good conversion, please let me know so we can include material on it or provide a link to it. If you are doing a conversion and are looking for a place to tell the story, this may be the place — drop me an email — Contact Gary.


Converting a Ford Transit Connect

This is a nice simple DIY conversion of a Ford Transit Connect van done mostly from Home Depot supplies and straight forward carpentry.

The Transit Connect (now available in the US)  gives you an about 5 ft wide by 6ft long area to work with behind the seats, so some careful planning is in order, but it can be a good camper van for one or two with good planning.  Pop-tops are available for full standing height.

Fuel economy on the road up toward 29 mpg!


A Ford Transit Connect conversion.

Morehead Design Lab Camper Van Conversions

Robert Morehead does custom camper van conversions as well as kits to do your own van conversions.  He has a reputation for practical conversions that do what YOU want them to do.

A number of interesting and creative conversions for the popular vans and even one to do a Honda Element camper.


VW Camper Van Conversions Ultimate Showdown – Which Motorhome Magazine – video review

A good video review from Which Motorhome Magazine of ten small camper vans, all based on the VW T5 van.  All with pop-tops.

Only about 16 ft long and with the pop-tops would fit in a lot of garages.

The video shows lots of different approaches and good ideas for interior arrangements.


Living Out of a Prius

A really simple conversion of a Prius for a 6 month trip through the National Parks.

Great mpg, low emissions, comfy bend, and no mods to the vehicle.

Obviously the same sort of approach could be taken using a number of cars or small vans for the base vehicle.

From Cheap RV Living — lots of interesting material here.


Van Turned Dorm Room

Nice detailed construction article on converting a small Chevy van into a dorm room (but would also make a good camper/travel van).




The $113 Prius to RV Conversion…

Comments, Questions, Suggestions, Ideas?




  1. I came across this website while researching van conversions. What state are you located in. Are the new VW vans available in the US.

    • Hi,
      I’m in Montana, but I don’t do any van conversions — the site is to help people who want to do DIY conversions.

      As near as I can tell, the VW campervan is not sold in the US – don’t know why, seems like it would be a good seller.


  2. We have a 2012 Ford Transit Connect with rear A/C for sale. It only has 19kmiles on, so it is like brand new. We were going to convert it to a camper van, but our plans have changed. Would you be interested in it? We are asking $15,900 obo.

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