Building A Campervan: A Conversion Guide E-book

(3 customer reviews)


21 chapters from 9 experts + The Quirky Campers Team: sharing 290+ pages of tips, how-tos and advice.

We’ve drawn on 13 years experience building and using campervans, 10 years running a campervan business and the minds of 9 experts to put this book together, and we are delighted with the result: a start to finish guide on building your very own campervan. 

When purchasing this book you will also receive:

  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable spreadsheets including:
    • 4 detailed Budgets + Budget Template
    • Base Vehicle Cost Comparison Tool
    • Income Estimator for Hiring Out Your Campervan
  • Exclusive access to our Quirky Campers Conversion Club Facebook Group where you can ask some of the experts questions and get support from the community
  • Access to the ‘Planning Your Campervan Conversion’ Virtual Workshop (worth £8.95)


This ebook contains 21 chapters covering how to build your own unique campervan.

Contents of the e-book include:

  • Should I self-build or commission a converter?
  • Budget
  • Planning
  • Choosing a base van
  • Designing your layout
  • Weight
  • Insulation
  • Carpentry and materials
  • Gas
  • Electrics
  • Solar
  • Heating
  • Plumbing
  • Toilets
  • Fridges
  • Windows
  • Interior design
  • Upholstery
  • Security
  • Renting out your campervan
  • Musings of a professional converter

Quirky Campers is the home of handmade campervans in the UK. Founded in 2010, we have been hiring out beautiful bespoke campers ever since. Over time people have come to us as a source of inspiration and information on all things self-build and we have recently launched this series of virtual workshops to give people the know-how and confidence to do their own conversions.

3 reviews for Building A Campervan: A Conversion Guide E-book

  1. Volker Manns (verified owner)

    This is an absolute must for the newbie builder. Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. 😉
    It’s an easy read and the best £15 you will invest prior to starting your planned build.
    Every “seasoned” builder should have this as a reference guide on his bookshelf (yes, I know, it’s an E-book…). Plenty of inspirations and ideas that you may not have thought of.
    It has one or two shortcomings on the electrical & plumbing side – it’s missing LiFePo4 batteries and charge boosters, on the heating & plumbing end it would have been nice to see diesel heaters with a heat exchanger for your hot water. But this does not take anything away from this well written book and all the knowledgable authors.
    Well done!

  2. Andrew (verified owner)

    This eBook was hugely useful. When it came out, my partner and I were in the process of buying a camper van, looking for one that was either fully or partially converted. This book enabled us to learn quickly what to look for, and what to avoid. So many useful tips – what van shape to go for if you want the bed across – how to evaluate the electrics – the different types of fridge used – and much more. I thoroughly recommend this book.

  3. Kevin Elliott (verified owner)

    I wish this had been around when I started my conversion. It’s full of good ideas and the many illustrations help a lot. I ended up following the many youtube channels, finally whittling it down to mostly Greg Virgoe’s. And in many areas his videos are much beter than the book. However videos have a failing, they don’t work as a quick reference. I came to this book rather late in the process, so the book was less helpful to me than it might have been, although it did help to confirm many of the decisions I’d already made. The strongest points are layout and other aspects of interior design.

    What would I like to see improved? Please forgive if things are there that I’ve missed.
    1 – Overall contents/equipment check list lots of nice to haves that take up space and add weight, but probably aren’t needed, but would be good to think about.
    2 – Gas – this section was for me a big disappointment. This section can be summarised as how to find a specialist fitter/installer/tester. It doesn’t cover the pros and cons of the different gas appliances, what you need, where to locate, ventilation and all the other things you need to know when planning/designing a build.
    3. Van selection needs to cover better the different body types and pros and cons – for instance an ambulance will be well maintained and in good condition – but how useful is the existing interior. Does a refrigerator van make a worthwhile subject (no!). Do dual sliding doors help? Expanding it to cover Ivecos would help, these offer a lot of space, but suffer from electrical issues and a disastrous auto box on the earlier models.
    4 – Lighting – This would be really improved by guidance on light power. As well as where to install, how to control.

    So overall – a good guide to layout, appearance, but light on the technical aspects.

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