Converting our own camper van – Phase 3

Here is the third and final part of our van conversion, though we are sure there will be plenty of tweaks to make in the future. With the basics in place, it was now time to start getting in the finishing touches. One of the biggest tasks left to do was the wiring and then it was really just about making it feel homely and cosy.

Wiring in the electrics

To make things easier for ourselves (because neither of us are electricians) we decided to buy a full van conversion electric kit which came with leisure battery and everything we needed. We were able to fit the fridge, water, lights and battery using the instructions that came with it, although we didn’t use everything that was provided.

Choosing this kit really was a lifesaver because it meant everything came ready to go, you can find these easy enough online and get the kit best suited to your van.

Putting the curtains up

Originally we had wanted to cover our clothes above the cab, hide away under the bed and cover up the fridge and water with wooden doors. Sadly this would prove too difficult and so we settled for curtains. So to make these a bit more interesting I chose to tye die them. We then used curtain wire and hooks to put these up.

Adding the personal touches

With everything in place it was now time to make the bed and make it look more like home. We had some bunting left over from our wedding so I hung this from the roof. I also bought some smaller copper tea lights from Primark which we put all the way around the edge. We added some storage, in particular a wooden chest that had come with the van when we bought it, and made this into a bench with some seat cushions. All that was left to add was our clothes and other belongings.

Lining the floor and sideboard

The final touch which we added slightly later (after the photos were taken) was a wooden effect vinyl lino for the floor and sideboard around the cooker. We got these from the local carpet store and managed to get the final cut of the roll so it wasn’t too expensive.

And that’s it! Our van was ready for its first outing and what better place to take her for a trial run than to our favourite place, Perranporth.