Boat-Inspired Sprinter Van Conversion
Jack Richens of This Moving House took inspiration from boatbuilding techniques to renovate the interior of a 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, turning it into a four-person camper with two beds – one tucked beside the stairs leading to the second lofted bed, which is in its own private boat-like chamber.
Stealth Chevy G30 Camper Van
You’d never guess that there’s anything unusual inside this van. There’s nothing visible on the outside that betrays it as a camper – not even a roof rack or a solar panel. Melanie and her husband George wanted something “nimble and stealthy” for camping trips, so they snagged a ’95 Chevy G30 1-ton van for just $850 and gave it a ‘70s-inspired interior makeover. “We wanted to keep the outside of the van a little crusty for financial reasons so we can camp incognito,” she explains.
Wood-Lined Sprinter Van with a Chimney
The interior of this Sprinter is reminiscent of ‘70s school bus conversions, completely fitted out with wood surfaces and a wood stove, yet the exterior remains that of a nondescript van (other than the tell-tale chimney.) Woodworker Dipa Vasudeva Das did all the work on this custom camper himself.
Van Dog Traveller
Mike Hudson quit his job in 2013 to pursue his dreams of traveling Europe, turning a rusty old van into a DIY camper to make it possible. The former systems engineer bought a 10-year-old van on eBay, clad the interior with timber and topped it with 200 watts of solar panels, so it’s got electricity, hot running water, a working toilet and a gas heater. The whole process is outlined on his site, Van Dog Traveller.
Modern Mobile Home Built Into VW Van
Looking for a higher-end vibe without going the manufactured RV route? Germand designer Nils Holger Moormann offers some inspiration with his customized Volkswagen T6, a minimalist matte black home packed with minimalist yet luxurious and modern amenities. The ceilings and floors are lined with oak, the caibnetry is made of black nanotech laminate and powder-coated zinc alloy handles, and the van is full of clever storage, fitting a kitchenette, foldout futon, wardrobe, laundry facilities and space for a folding bike.