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Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Turning Your Van into a Camper

By choosing the right van, designing a functional layout, and installing the essentials, you can create a comfortable and efficient home on wheels. Read on!

Converting a van into a camper is a fantastic way to create your custom adventure mobile that is both functional and comfortable. Whether you are a weekend warrior or planning a long-term expedition, learning how to turn a van into a camper can save you money, provide more flexibility, and give you a sense of accomplishment. But of course, this project can be a huge challenge if you don't know what to do.

Today, we will cover everything you need to know about converting a van into a camper, including choosing the right van, planning the layout, and installing the essentials.

Choosing the Right Van

To pick the right van, consider the following:

1. Size and Space

The first step in converting a van into a camper is selecting the right van for your needs. Consider how much space you need for sleeping, cooking, and storage. Additionally, think about the type of terrain you will be driving on, as some vans are better suited for off-road adventures. Consider maneuverability and parking; while larger vans will give you more living space, they may be more difficult to drive and limit your parking options. 

2. Budget

Your budget will play a significant role in choosing the right van. Newer vans with fewer miles will be more expensive but may require less maintenance. Older vans can be more affordable but may need more repairs and upgrades.

3. Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is another essential factor to consider when choosing a van. Diesel engines tend to have better fuel economy and longevity, but they may also have higher maintenance costs.

We chose the Ram Promaster 2500 for the perfect balance of space, maneuverability, and low maintenance for our Roameo campervan suites!

Planning the Layout

Once you have your van, you need to plan its layout:

1. Assessing Your Needs

Before you start building your camper, assessing your needs and prioritizing your must-haves is essential. Common elements include a bed, kitchen, storage, seating, and bathroom facilities. Roameo campervan suites come with all these amenities plus more.

2. Sketching Your Design

Once you have determined your needs, start sketching a rough design of your camper layout. This will help you visualize the space and ensure everything fits within the van's dimensions. Pro tip: Measure your exact van, although same models should in theory have identical dimensions, there are often slight differences.

3. Flexibility and Functionality

Keep in mind that your camper's layout should be flexible and functional. Multi-purpose furniture and creative storage solutions will help maximize your space and make your camper more comfortable and efficient.

Installing the Essentials

With the layout done, don't forget to consider the essentials that'll make your camper all the better:

1. Insulation

Proper insulation is crucial for keeping your camper warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are various insulation materials available, such as foam boards, spray foam, and insulation blankets. Make sure to insulate the walls, floor, and ceiling of your van for optimal temperature control. We use Havelock Wool in all Roameo campervan suites.

2. Ventilation

Adequate ventilation is essential for maintaining air quality and preventing condensation. Installing roof vents and windows with screens will help circulate fresh air throughout your camper. Roameo opts for Fresair coolers and MaxxAir fans to keep our campervan suites cool in any climate.

3. Power

Installing a power system is necessary for running your appliances and charging your devices. A solar panel system, battery bank, and inverter can provide sustainable and reliable power for your camper. Make sure to check the power requirements for all the electrical systems you plan on running! Our Roameo campervan suites have a 2000 W inverter and are powered by lithium ion batteries for energy on and offgrid. 

4. Water

A water system is critical for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. Installing a freshwater tank, a water pump, and a sink will make your camper more functional and comfortable. Consider the size of the tank, and also the gray and blackwater tanks. Our Roameo campervan suites are equipped with 32 G of freshwater and 40G of gray water storage.

5. Bed and Storage

A comfortable bed is essential for a good night's sleep. Consider building a platform bed with storage underneath or a convertible bed that doubles as seating during the day. Additionally, add storage solutions like cabinets, shelves, and hooks to keep your belongings organized. While having a convertible bed gives you more versatility, keep in mind that you will need to spend time setting up the bed every night. Our Roameo campervan suites come with a queen sized mattress for added comfort.

6. Kitchen

A functional kitchen will make meal preparation on the road much easier. Install a countertop, sink, stove, and refrigerator. Additionally, additional storage for your cooking utensils, pots, and pans. Consider a portable stove so you can cook inside or out. Our Roameo campervan suites come equipped with a fridge, sink, and microwave for eating on the go.

7. Bathroom

Finally, depending on your needs and space, you may want to include a bathroom in your camper. Options include a portable toilet, a composting toilet, or installing a full bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink. Our Roameo campervan suites are equipped with two showers Outdoor and inside), and a cassette toilet.


Converting a van into a camper is a rewarding project that requires careful planning, research, and patience. By choosing the right van, designing a functional layout, and installing the essentials, you can create a comfortable and efficient home on wheels. Remember that each camper conversion is unique, and you can tailor yours to fit your specific needs and style!

Roameo helps everyone enjoy the wonders of the outside thanks to rentable and ownable luxury camper vans. Book one with us today and enjoy life surrounded by nature, or check out our new and used vans for sale!