Guest Blogger – What is the best van for a camper conversion?

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We have a guest Blogger: Peter Yordanov from Oak Motorhomes – Used Motorhome Specialists, Over to you Peter…

What is the best van for a camper conversion?

Taking long road trips on a campervan is still on the bucket list of thousands of people around the world. Who doesn’t love exploring the world with a home-like feeling? Taking your home with you to different places and not getting homesick. Using campervans to spend more time with your friends and family is one of the best options you would ever choose. However, which campervan would be best? Or what’s the most suitable van for a camper conversion? Here are the things you should consider before buying a van for camper conversion;

Factors to consider

You can get the answer to your question very easily if you think about a few things. Firstly, you need to decide how much you are planning to travel in your van. If you are planning to buy a van and go thousands of miles on it, quality can never be compromised. Whether it’s the engine or the body of the van. Secondly, you need to decide the storage capacity. What do you need in your van? How many closets and drawers? It’s basically to understand the weight you will be taking along with you and the space you’ll be needing to carry out some activities such as cooking.

One of the most important things to consider is your family size. Bigger families need much more space to go on road trips with heavy engines too. For full-time living, there are different vans, and for road trips, there are specific vans that are suitable for a camper conversion. Big families require toilets, showers, huge seating areas, and bed space. Heaters also play an important role in affecting your mood throughout the journey, think properly. You might also need electric sockets to charge your phones and laptops. When you think about all these influencing factors, it will be easier for you to choose the best van for the camper conversion.

Why transform your van into a campervan?

Converting a van to a campervan is just like settling into a new home. You have to clear out the space in the van and fill it according to your preferences. The best part about camper conversion is that you have hundreds of ideas in your mind and you can use them as you like. You can modify it with your colors, furniture, and whatnot. It’s the same as building a home. Buying a new campervan might not give you the same joy as the one you will create by yourself. It’s surely cheaper than a new one too. You have several options, convert a new van or an old one, it’s totally up to you. However, you can also take help from a third party for Camper Van Conversion, they can guide you properly  regarding the pros and cons of the whole procedure.

Moreover, if you are confused about buying a van for a camper conversion, you can check the camper van for sale by Oaktree Motorhomes in the UK. They are known for having some of the best vans in the country. Before a camper conversion, map out the whole van in your mind such as the structure, space, colors, and everything else that would make you feel at home.

Best van for camper conversion

When it comes to choosing the best van for camper conversion, the most important factor is size. Here are some of the best vans for camper conversions according to their sizes;

Large vans

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If you’ve got a big family with about 5-6 members or more, large-sized vans are perfect for you. As these vans have ample bed space, shower, toilet, and more storage space.
LWB and XLWB Mercedes Sprinters are considered one of the finest large vans to consider for camper conversion. They are reliable vehicles and you can travel thousands of miles on these remarkable vans. Other good options are VW Crafter, Iveco Daily, and Peugeot Boxer. If you keep a large van well-maintained, it will never disappoint you.

Medium vans

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If you have a family of 4-5 people, mid-sized vans can be used for road trips from one end of the country to another. They have a good height for you to stand in the van as well as space for a bed, storage, and bathroom. Smaller Wheel Based Mercedes Sprinter and Peugeot Boxers are considered one of the best options in medium vans and it has an affordable price tag too. There are several options in medium-sized vans, choose the one that feels more comfortable for you.

Small vans


Small vans are usually used for road trips rather than full-time living as these vans have comparatively less space for sleep, and more space for going out for adventures. However, you can have a kitchen in these vans too, if you’re wondering where to cook. VW Transporter is considered a reliable small-sized van with all the essential features.
Other than that Renault Trafic is another good option. Small vans usually have better fuel consumption too. There are many options in the market, you need to choose the one that suits your needs the best.