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The 10 coolest Camper Vans with DIY Conversions

LISTICLE | 06/08/2021
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The vanlife community has grown considerably over the past year and, in addition to lonely spots with a sea view, shares one thing in particular on social networks: the expansion of their mobile holiday homes. Whether it's a disused van, an old school bus or a nostalgic van - even the smallest van has room for big ideas. From pretty low-budget builds with a double bed and a small kitchen to luxury features with a solar-powered camping shower, there's nothing that doesn't exist. Here are the 10 most original ideas for van conversions.

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Orange Road Trip

Carl, Lisa and Janik's bright orange Mercedes 407D, was once a fire engine and has been used all over Europe since it was converted into a camper. Water tanks, outdoor shower and solar panels allow for a completely self-sufficient vanlife. And when you take a look at the super cosy interior with wood-burning and baking oven, the question of homesickness becomes superfluous!

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Frye's Van: Log Cabin on Wheels

For the past five years, 22-year-old Frye has been living in the forests of the most beautiful national parks in the USA: Grand Etang, Yellowstone and Glacier. His VW bus, a T3 from the 1980s, is as rustic as his living space: With a lot of wood, Frye has carpentered a fortified high roof and adapted the interior - including a holder for his axe.

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Elsa & Annie

It's hard to see that Van Elsa is a good deal older than driver Anni. The Mercedes bus has a proud 42 years under its belt. Anni has given it a proper makeover with the extension: Light wooden cabinets with rattan panelling, a comfortable loft bed, the small, fine kitchen and even a board toilet offer everything that the vanlife heart desires.

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The Overland Defender

A panoramic lifting roof, super-light storage furniture, solar panels, a 50-litre water tank and a portable water filter allow Markus to live a completely self-sufficient life in his Landrover Defender. The full-time traveller has been on the road for two years and shows his vanlife everyday life on Instagram as well as his own constructions for the conversion to a camper.

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Kite & travel in Holland

Home is where you park it - in the case of kite surfers Daan and Merel from Holland, on the most beautiful beaches in Holland to pursue their sporting hobby. To ensure that there is enough room for all the equipment in the Mercedes Sprinter, the couple created plenty of storage space when converting the vehicle. And thanks to the light wood look and beautiful details, the interior is also super cosy.

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Tiny House on Wheels

Welcome to Vanlife Paradise: The "Cankuna Campers" Julian and Lara exchanged their VW buses for a spacious school bus from 1989 last year. The conversion in cosy shabby style is simply phenomenal - not only because of the old wing door that leads to a small terrace at the rear.

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Gipsy Tribe

This cool off-road van has been home to Philip and Lydia for six years. The surfer couple converted the old ambulance themselves and added plenty of features to live on America's most beautiful beaches. The interior is small but nice - and even offers space for surfboards under the roof.

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A Van Called Fred

The VW T5 is available ex works with camper conversion. But that would be boring. Architect Steffi and her boyfriend Nico from Switzerland prove with Bus Fred why it's worth taking the project into your own hands. Their self-constructed and self-built interior is super practical and at the same time so stylish that it actually deserves a design award!

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The American Way of Vanlife

This Dodge camper got a complete make-over from owner Candice from Oregon: New paint, pop-up roof, and a gorgeous interior with countless handmade details. The conversion is a masterstroke and can be seen in the Insta-Stories step by step.

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Vintage Van "Vance"

After the original conversion from 1982 had become obsolete, Kendall and Glenn designed an improved version for their white van "Vance". Despite the smallest area, the interior now offers everything you need for van life in Australia. The absolute highlight is the pull-out kitchen, which disappears under a bench seat as soon as everyone is full.

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