Campervan Conversions - Convert Your Own Home on Wheels!
This guide is for those who are looking to purchase a Campervan Conversion, but don't know where to start. Choosing your campervan can be a pretty overwhelming process. They are designed to offer more living space than a car or van, but less than a huge motorhome! Our conversions get used for loads of different reasons; from holidays to support vehicles for people that work in remote locations.
Campervans are most frequently converted from the Volkswagen Transporter. They offer all the features of a motorhome, but in a more compact and convenient package. Meaning they are perfect for exploring the wilds of Scotland and the coast of Cornwall.
A campervan conversion is an easy way of turning a panel van into a camper. This can be done by installing conversion parts and accessories that will convert the back of your VW Transporter into a living space. If you're looking for a bespoke conversion or a cost effective Camper Van Conversion, look no further.
Choosing the company who will Convert your Campervan is really tricky. You need to ensure your getting the fantastic build quality while also expecting great customer service to enable you to get the built campers that you're looking for. You don't the project of huge amounts of work required to turn into your full time job. That's why you need to turn to the experts!
CAMPERVAN CONVERSION CHECKLIST
When deciding on a campervan conversion you need to think about the following elements:
- Choosing your campervan converter
- Your base vehicle
- Electric system (solar, inverters, plugs, 12v, leisure battery etc)
- Carpeting and Insulation
- Gas system
- Cooking facilities
- Water tanks
- Fridge and Freezer
- Campervan Table
- Pop top roof
- Diesel Heating Systems
- Furniture and cabinetry
- Solar Panels
- External styling (spoilers, splitters, side bars, and alloy wheels)
Although the different types of layout might seem endless when you first start to look there is actually only really 1 key decision you need to make when choosing your conversion: Bed width. In our Wildworx Campervan Conversions we use the extra wide RIB bed.
This gives you more sleep space but does mean you have slightly less storage but a much wider bed. We do this because we think how good you sleep at night is the most important thing about your campervan! Check out our Campervan Conversions here.
From there you need to think about Camper Electrics...
You need to decide where you want to be using your vehicle. Are you only planning to head to campsites where you will have an electric hook up? Or are you planning on heading off grid. Places you will need to be “off-grid” will include:
- Basic farmers field accommodation
- CS / CL Club Sites
- Wild Camping (in Scotland etc)
Like most people, you’re probably planning on visiting one of these places. To make sure you can you can use your electrics you need to make sure you have a 12v leisure battery system. This will power:
- Cigarette sockets
- LED Lights
- Heating system (most require 12v to start)
- Tap and water pump
Do you need 240v electrics?
Most people will want to use things like laptop chargers and hair dryers while in their campervan. To do so you will need to be plugged in using your electric hook up cable. If you want to be totally off gird and use these things while not plugged into the mains you will need an inverter and most likely a solar panel set up.
You don't need a full electrical qualification to understand this. Just focus on understanding what devices you need to use and where you want to use them. This will answer what electrical set up you need.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BASE VEHICLE FOR YOUR CAMPERVAN
When you're looking to purchase a campervan, there are loads of things to consider. There are lots of different base vehicles to use for your van life conversion:
- Ford Transit
- Mercedes Sprinter
- Fiat Ducato
- Volkswagen Transporter
We primarily convert the Volkswagen Transporter. I think the key point to answer is whether you want an automatic (DSG) or manual van. Automatic transmissions are easier to drive and can be found in most vans, manual transmissions are often cheaper but don’t tend to hold there value as well as the automatics. All our campers are built into Auto (DSG) Volkswagen Transporters.
Finally, it's important that the vehicle have enough power. We know there are lots of campers out there built into 101bhp base vehicles. We just don’t think that’s adequate for most people. You need a minimum of 150bhp Volkswagen Transporter to be able to handle driving with the extra weight of the vehicle. It's also really important when it comes to selling your campervan.
If you’re choosing your brand new vehicle from Volkswagen we suggest the following vehicle specification and upgrades for your camper:
- Volkswagen T6.1 Highline 2.0 150bhp DSG
- Tailgate with window and wiper
- Captains chairs with factory swivel and armrests
- Bulkhead removed
- Heated seats
Choosing your Pop-Top Roof for Your Campervan Conversion
Choosing the pop-top roof in your campervan conversion is another big decision. It’s one of the most important parts of your build (as well as being the most expensive) At Wildworx we use Skyline and SCA. These are fantastic, durable and don’t take away from the look of the vehicle from the outside. It's important to go for a high quality manufacturer for this key element of your build.
Take a look at our in depth blog on how to choose a pop top roof for your campervan conversion.
Campervan Conversions UK
Over the last few months we have been focusing on bringing you exclusive and limited edition Campervan Conversions. Making Wildworx a one stop shop for all your campervan modification needs.
Campervan Conversions can be an array of different services. This can be anything from exterior styling to pop top roof fitting to furniture and leisure battery systems for your campervan. The VW Transporter is the base vehicle we like to work with. We think that it offers the most versatile base model to then create an amazing luxury van conversion. We have completed campervan and van conversions on VW T6, VW T5, Ford Transit and many more different types of panel van.
We have completed campervan conversions in which the customer takes part in a specific sport, for example surfing or golf. We can arrange a van conversion which will enable you to carry around the equipment for your hobby in a manageable way. While also using the van for the school run and work.
Van Conversions are an exciting way to stand out from the crowd wherever you are in the UK. Depending on what you use your van conversion for you can really go to town on your conversion. Do you go to the seaside with the kids at the weekend and need to use your van for work during the week? We can discuss all your needs when you come and take a look around our state of the art workshop. Based in the Midlands we are ideally located for van conversions all over the UK.
What to expect when dropping off & collecting your van at Wildworx
It’s a pretty exciting time. Whether it’s for full campervan conversion or just a small tweak. There are some things you need to know prior to bringing your van to us.
- You’re welcome to drop your van to us at any time prior to your build slot. We have plenty of parking, just let us know.
- We’re open for drop offs between:
- 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday
- 9.30am - 12.30pm Friday
- You should arrange for your van to be here no later than 9.30 on the first day of your build - so we can hit the ground running.
- We're sometimes able to take you into Alcester town centre so you can catch a bus to head out of town. Please give us a call so we can make arrangements.
- Our workshop is a dusty old place, make sure you empty the van of any personal possessions.
- We take photos of the vehicle when it arrives, we do suggest you do the same.
- Sometimes parts get delayed in the build process. We can’t stress this enough…don’t book a ferry or campsites for your estimated completion date. We’re very proud of our campers, we want to hand them over to you properly and finished to the correct standard.
- If you would like photos of the build process let us know. We're happy to keep you updated via WhatsApp.
- If you don't live locally and you're picking up a full Campervan Conversion. We strongly suggest you book 1 night in a local campsite so you can test all your new gadgets before taking it home.
- Your van is fully insured while on our premises.
- Please allow a few hours for the hand over of your new Campervan Conversion.
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Get in touch with Wildworx
At Wildworx we have refined the Wildworx T6.1 Campervan Conversion over many years of trial and error. This Limited Edition has absolutely every extra you can get and uses the absolute best components on the market. Get in touch to find out our availability to convert your vehicle into a camper. We also product a limited edition of campers and vans for for sale each year.