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The Ultimate guide to the VW Crafter Camper

Are you looking for the perfect campervan? Do you want something that is both versatile and comfortable? If so, then a VW Crafter Campervan may be the perfect option for you. 

We love these larger vans. They're the perfect base vehicle for a wide variety of uses. From day trips to the more extreme Overlander conversions. 

These vans are perfect for weekend getaways or long-term trips, and they offer a lot of space to create a really unique conversion. 

In this guide, we will take a closer look at the VW Crafter Camper and explore some of its key features. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right model for your Campervan Conversion.

So, whether you are just starting out in the camping world or you are looking for an upgrade, read on for all the information you need to know about the VW Crafter Camper!

VW Crafter Campervan

Our top 5 reasons to choose a VW Crafter for your conversion

  1. The Crafter is a van that's been designed with the driver in mind. From the comfortable seats to the easy-to-use controls, everything about the Crafter is meant to make your life on the road as easy as possible.
  1. The Crafter is also one of the most spacious vans on the market, with plenty of room for all your gear. And if you need even more space, there's always the option to upgrade to the long wheelbase model.
  1. When it comes to performance, the Crafter doesn't disappoint. It's got plenty of power under the hood, and it's able to handle even the heaviest loads with ease. Making it great for carrying a complex campervan conversion.
  1. The Crafter is also one of the most reliable vans on the market, with a reputation for being built to last. You know your Crafter will be able to handle whatever you throw at it, day in and day out.
  1. The Crafter comes with a host of features that are designed to make your life on the road as safe and comfortable as possible. From its advanced safety features to its innovative infotainment system, the Crafter has everything you need to make your journey a smooth one.

VW Crafter Campervan Conversion

VW Crafter base vehicle - what are the options? 

The VW Crafter is a great option for people looking for a larger Campervan Conversion. The Crafter is available in a variety of engine sizes and roof heights, making it a good choice for loads of different Campervan layouts.

Available in both long wheelbase and short wheel base. 

The crafter base vehicle is available in three different roof heights - low, medium, and high. 

Low roof crafters are best suited for city streets however you’ll need to make sure you can stand up inside the vehicle. They have a maximum capacity of around 10 cubic metres. 

Medium roof crafters are more versatile and can be used for both city driving and longer trips on the open road. They have a maximum capacity of around 12 cubic metres. 

High roof crafters are the largest option and are ideal for long-distance trips and give you the most internal space. They have a maximum capacity of around 15 cubic metres. Keep in mind you won’t be able to park in some places with the high-roof. 

When it comes to engine size, the crafter is available with a 2.0-litre engine, offered in both petrol and diesel versions. You can choose between 108 bhp, 134 bhp, 141 bhp and 161 bhp.

For a campervan conversion we would recommend going with at least the 134bhp engine.

The VW Crafter is available with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Because they’re under 3.5 tonnes, they can be driven on a standard UK driving licence - you don’t need to take an extra test. 

As with all Volkswagen van models the Crafter comes in 3 trim options; Startline, Trendline and Highline. 

Wildworx VW Crafter Campervan Conversion layout

How to choose the right VW Crafter Camper layout

Designing your van layout can seem pretty overwhelming. There are loads of things to take into account. There are a few tools online that can help you with this. However we recommend heading to one of the many campervan shows throughout the year. If you’re a total noob then consider hiring a van for an evening. You can’t beat actually using a camper (even for one night) to make what you want really clear. Some key elements to consider are: 

Do you want a permanent bed?

If you plan on doing a lot of camping, then you might want to consider a layout that includes a permanent bed. Meaning a bed that doesn't need making up each night. This way, you won't have to set up and take down your bed every time you’re ready to sleep each night. Permanent beds also tend to be more comfortable than temporary beds. 

Do you need a full kitchen?

Ask yourself what kind of meals you want to cook. Are you just going to be making breakfast and then eating out? Or do you want to eat most of your meals in the campervan?

How many people will be using the camper?

Don’t just think about how many beds you’ll need. You might be planning on using your van for an extra vehicle. It’s not unusual to have a 4 berth camper with 5 seat belts for when you need the option to carry extra passengers. 

Blue VW Crafter Campervan Conversion

Converting your VW Crafter

There are loads of decisions to make when it comes to converting your VW Crafter. Standing in the back of the empty van shows you just how much space you have to play with! The main decisions you need to make are: 

  • Do you want a pop top roof?
  • Your layout - what do you need included in the build
  • Do you need a toilet
  • Do you need an internal shower - would an outside shower suffice?
  • Underslung tank systems 
  • How much cooking do you intend in doing?
  • Will you be using your van for winter camping? If so what heating system do you need to include?
  • What power system - traditional batteries or lithium batteries?
  • Do you need solar power?

Colour schemes for VW Crafter Conversion

DIY VW Crafter Conversion

If you’re in the market for a campervan it might be tempting to convert it yourself. The VW Crafter is a large van that lends itself naturally to conversion. Best of all, it can be done relatively easily and affordably if you're willing to do it yourself.

If you’re planning on doing the conversion yourself there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you have some internal space that can fit the van. It’s hard to convert when you’re battling the elements. Especially during the elements of the build where you alter the exterior of the van. For example windows, skylights and vents. 

Don’t forget to shop around for your conversion parts. You’ll often find good deals on second hand items. This includes everything from insulation and flooring to cabinets and appliances. 

If you think it’s going to take you 6 weeks…double it! If you’re just converting the van on weekends and evenings this build could take a long ol’ time. We suggest starting at the beginning of Autumn, meaning you might have it finished by Spring. Even more reason to have some inside space! 

Tips on driving and looking after your VW Crafter Camper

If you're the proud owner of a VW Crafter Camper, then you'll know that it's not just a van; it's a home away from home. You’ll need to make sure that you’re looking after it in the best way possible. 

  • Make sure you're familiar with the dimensions of your van. This will help you avoid any nasty bumps or scrapes when manoeuvring in tight spaces
  • Invest in some good quality camping equipment
  • Plan your journeys in advance. This will help you avoid any stressful situations when you're driving. Specifically where you plan on parking
  • Look into winterising your van - avoid frozen pipes at all cost

VW Crafter Campervan Conversion

Wildworx VW Crafter Conversions

If you’re looking for an adventure-filled life on the open road, a VW Crafter Campervan Conversion could be the perfect vehicle for you. With all the comforts of home and plenty of space to stretch out, you’ll never want to go back to life before your camper. 

Wildworx has completed several Crafter conversions and we’re pretty proud of them. Ready to take the plunge? Get in touch with us today. We would love to hear more about your VW Crafter Campervan Conversion project.