Van Life: Steps on How to Convert a Minivan for Camping
It is one of the Americana dreams to ditch everything, jump in a van, and hit the road. With over sixty national parks in the United States, it can be tempting to not stay put and convert your lifestyle to the road, if only for a short time. Learning how to convert your minivan for camping is not only an awesome way to see the US park system, but an easy and economical DIY project.
Things to Consider
Contrary to appearances, minivan camping has little in common with RVs, but more in common with tent camping. There is no set manual to build out your van into the perfect traveler’s abode and determining a few factors will guide you efficiently and economically. Before you ask how to convert your minivan into a camper, you need to ask yourself these questions:
- Number of company: Who are you traveling with? Is it just you? Going with partner? A dog? Most people put full-sized beds in, but sometimes a twin will do.
- Days on the road: How long are you going for? A weekend trip? A month? A lifestyle overhaul? If you’re going for longer, you may want to opt into more comfort and a slightly larger budget.
- What you cannot leave behind: What are your must-have amenities? Sometimes we cannot leave all our guilty pleasures in the city.
Steps to Basic Minivan Conversion
8. Create storage space for your clothes and food. Under a bedframe is ideal, but using stacked milk crates at the foot of the bed can help save space too.
9. Unfortunately, we can’t escape all of our electronics on the road. Buying extra batteries is not only a luxury, but it’s important to opt for this instead of draining your car battery. There are a range of power banks that you can buy, optimizing storage space or charging hours.
10. Get fancy. Here you can implement your guilty pleasures in the DIY project and be creative. A great idea for a living room space is to build a foldable bedframe with a futon. Or if you’re trying to jazz up the bedroom, a simple varnish or coat of polyurethane on the bed frame can add a professional touch to your van life. If you come up with a great one, let us know!
Stay EconomicalThere are many ways to stay on budget and not take out a mortgage on your house for a minivan camper. There are always ways to save ,from buying reclaimed wood to working DoorDash or Uber Eats on the road. Take some tips from the video below on how to convert your van into a camper on the cheap.
The National Highway System has 150,000 miles, which is a lot of road calling. By converting your minivan into a camper you can tour the U.S. and its parks and sleep well in your DIY project, knowing that you haven’t put too much of a dent in your wallet.