Van Conversion Essentials for your day van or Kombi

Not sure as to what you will need exactly for your van conversion? Well, do not worry as we have you covered. All the information you could possibly need is here in one place, meaning that you do not need to check out a load of other websites! 

 

What is a van conversion?

A van conversion is where a van has been taken and changed in order to fit the needs of the user. The whole pandemic has actually led to an increase in the popularity of converted vans, with most people choosing to go for campervan conversions. A lot of people tend to go for campervan conversions, however day van conversions are also becoming increasingly popular in the UK too. No matter what the conversion is, we are more than happy to complete the job for you here at Wildworx. 

 

Advantages of converting a van

There are loads of different reasons as to why you should convert a van. The first reason as to why you should convert is all to do with the cost. In the beginning, buying a conversion can actually seem quite expensive. However, it can actually save you quite a fair bit of money in the long run, as you won’t have to spend any money on things such as accommodation when you decide to go away. Another reason as to why you should invest in a van conversion is that everything in the van will accommodate all of your personal needs. So if you are planning to go away for a week with 3 other people, you can have a van converted into a 4 berth campervan, meaning that there is enough room for everyone! Sometimes, you can even decide what you want your van to look like, making the van even more personal to you. For those of you who want to use your van for work purposes, converting it is definitely something that you will want to go for. Having a van which has been modified for the sole purpose of making your work life so much easier, is instantly worth it! 

 

What are the best vans for converting?

When it comes to finding out which van is best for converting, some people can find it quite difficult to find out the exact information that they need. One of the most popular vans that we convert here at Wildworx is the VW Transporter. Whether it is the T5 or T6, they are overall amazing vans to convert. This is due to many different things, such as how easy they are to drive in and maintain.  VW Transporters also hold their value very well, and are definitely perfect for converting into a campervan.They are also extremely good looking vans too, meaning that when it comes to the appearance side of things, your van will look insane! The second van that is commonly converted in the UK, is the Ford Transit. The Ford Transit van is perfect for those of you who are looking to convert a van for work purposes. This is because of their roof heights, and also the cargo space. They are also converted into campervans too, due to its efficient engines and low running costs.  However, the choice as to what van you choose for the conversion is entirely up to you! 

 

Professional van converters

Professional van converters is literally just a team of professionals who complete the van conversion for you. For those of you who aren’t so great when it comes to DIY, or even don’t have the time to do it, then getting a professional van converter to do the job for you is definitely the best route to go down. They will ensure that everything you want is done to a very high quality, in a very appropriate time scale. Check out Wildworx Professional Van Conversions.

 

Safety

Whenever it comes to van conversions, safety is an element which should always be taken very seriously. To ensure that this is always a top priority, your safest bet is to hire a professional company to do the conversion for you. If you are someone who wants to do it by yourself however, then please make sure that you know exactly what you are doing at all times. If this is something that you cannot guarantee, then we strongly suggest that you do not attempt to complete the conversion yourself. For your personal safety, you will definitely want to have smoke and fire alarms installed into your van. You may want to invest in a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket, as a ‘just in case’ item. 

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Size

Another important factor when it comes to van conversions, is the size. It is really important to work out exactly how much space you will need in your van. For example, if it is a campervan conversion you will need to consider how many people will be staying in the van. If the van you have chosen won’t be able to accommodate the number of people that will be staying, then you may need to choose a different van instead so that this can be achieved. 

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Beds

A comfortable night's sleep is crucial whilst you are on an action-packed adventure! A very comfortable mattress is definitely something that you should consider purchasing for your van, especially if you are going to be very busy whilst away. You may even want to invest in an air bed for your van, or possibly camping mats. It is entirely up to you. However, it may be best to keep in mind that your sleeping arrangements will depend on different things, such as the space inside your van and also how many people will be in the van with you. 

 

Electricity and Gas

For those of you who are going to be doing the van conversion yourself, there are definitely a few jobs that you will probably want to hire a professional to complete for you. For example, the gas and electricity. Inside your van, you will need some sort of lighting and also electricity to run your refrigerator. If this is something which is not done properly, your safety could definitely be compromised. This is something that you will most certainly want to avoid, and also the reason as to why you should hire a professional to do the job for you instead. 

 

Food

Food is something that a lot of people worry about when it comes to van conversions. However, most of it comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer to take dry tinned foods, whilst others prefer to eat fresh food. If that is the case, then you will definitely want to take a look at the different types of fridges that are available for you to purchase for your van. 

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Security 

The security of your van is a very important thing to keep in mind. Surprisingly, not a lot of people keep on top of this. You will have some of your belongings inside your van, and you really do not want them to be at a high risk of being stolen. So to avoid this, there are a few things that you can do. For starters, installing a GPS tracker. This is definitely a great thing to do, as if your van does unfortunately get stolen, the GPS tracker will be able to alert you. Another thing that you can do is fit padlocks on to the doors of your van. This will make it a lot harder for thieves to break into your van. Some people actually prefer taking their valuable items with them whilst they are not in the van, to ensure that they are safe if something unfortunate is to happen. 

 

What can I add to my van conversion?

A key thing when it comes to your van conversion, is deciding what you want in it. In order to do this, you will need to work out exactly what it is that you want. This could be done by simply creating a list of things that you want and need. For example, you will definitely need beds, cooking appliances, and perhaps some sort of seating. When it comes to things that you want, this is where things such as van accessories or modifications come in. If you are someone who is considering staying at campsites most of the time, then a toilet or shower may not be needed. However, if this is not the case, then you should definitely consider adding these to your van conversion. You may even want to add solar panels to help run these things. 

 

Ventilation

The first thing you will want to do is create a design of what your van conversion to look like. The ventilation in your van is a very important factor, and should remove both heat and water vapour from inside, meaning that it should create a much more comfortable living space. If it is a panel van that you have to chosen to go for, then you will definitely need to fit some windows. The location of these will determine the rest of your layout in the van. Pop top roofs are a great accessory to add in order to help with the ventilation in your van. They also provide extra head space, which is another great benefit that they come with. 

 

Get some inspiration!

There are so many different ways that you can find some inspiration for your van conversion. Different social media platforms such as Instagram or Pinterest, are a great way to find some sort of inspiration for your van conversion. You can check out Wildworx’s social media on both Facebook and Instagram! 

 

It is absolutely necessary!

Now that you have all of the details that you could possibly need when it comes to van conversion essentials, you can now get started on creating a plan for your ideal van conversion. If you have anymore things that you wish to discuss, you are more than welcome to give us a call on 01527 359 002 or email us at info@wwxvans.co.uk