Like the sound of a motor vehicle with side windows and also removable rear seats? Well, that means that a VW Kombi Van is perfect for you! They are absolutely perfect base vans for many different sorts of van conversions, and are well worth the investment.
What is a van conversion?
Before you jump straight in, you will most certainly want to know what a van conversion is exactly. A van conversion is simply just where your VW Kombi is taken and equipped with all the correct equipment, to allow you to take it wherever you want or need too. There are loads of different types of van conversions that you can get. One of the most popular ones for a VW Kombi van, is a campervan conversion. But, the choice is entirely yours to make.
How much does a VW Kombi Van cost?
When it comes to VW Kombi vans, the price ranges from £12,000 to around £25,000. But, this is normally just the price of the VW Kombi as a base van. When it comes to the overall price of a VW Kombi after it has been converted and completed, you will definitely be looking at a higher price. This is down to multiple different factors such as what van accessories you are going to add, what type of conversion you will be getting, or even any bodywork you may want to have done. You may even want to try and attempt to do most of the jobs yourself in order to save yourself quite a fair amount of money. This could be simply just adding a few accessories, or even having a go at doing the conversion yourself. However, we do not recommend that you do this if you are not in a position where you will complete it to a very high standard.
What things to look out for in a VW Kombi?
Rust. VW Kombi vans can be very vulnerable to corrosion. There are plenty of videos that are available for you to watch on Youtube if you want to know how to restore your VW Kombi Van, and also protect it from rusting in the future. The most common place where the rust will be on your VW Kombi van is in the wheel arches and also the roof gutters, so make sure you keep an eye out!
The safety of something is always a big deal. In fact, it should be the number one priority. Everything that is going to be completed for your VW Kombi van, should be done to a very high standard. You will also want to make sure that any accessories that you will be adding to your VW Kombi Van, have gone through detailed testing to ensure that it is reliable and safe.
What van accessories are available for me to add to my VW Kombi Van?
There are tons of different van accessories that are available for you to add to your VW Kombi Van. So, in order to help you out a bit, we have decided to list some of the most popular van accessories that we think will be great for your VW Kombi!
The first van accessory that has made its way onto the list, are pop top roofs. This van accessory is perfect for campervans, as they allow for extra head room inside your campervan. This is extremely advantageous for those who fancy a little bit more extra head room for cooking or even sleeping. Pop top roofs can also be colour coded so that they match the colour of your campervan, making it look even more fabulous. The colour and style is your choice! However, when it comes to pop top roofs, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind. You definitely will want to make sure that the pop top roof that you are going to be purchasing has gone through a series of crash tests, to ensure that the pop top roof meets all standard safety requirements and is reliable.
Still looking at van roof accessories, we highly recommend investing in some roof bars. Roof bars are a great solution for those of you who are looking to go on a very adventurous and action packed holiday! They are perfect for carrying large items such as bikes, or even for freeing up some space inside your VW Kombi Van. To go even further, you can also add something called a wind deflector to your roof bars. What this does, is that it reduces the wind noise when you are travelling so that you won’t have to listen to it, making your travel a lot more enjoyable. Please make sure that with your roof bar, you do not exceed the weight limit. It is there for a reason, as you may potentially damage your roof bar and waste a lot of money.
VW Kombi Bodywork
The bodywork of your VW Kombi van plays such an important role in the overall appearance. After all, it is going to be one of the most noticeable features of your VW Kombi van. Most professional companies will complete many of your unique and even crazy designs that you may have in mind. However, there are a couple of things you should do before getting your bodywork done. First of all, you should make sure that there are no dents or scratches at all. If there are, you should definitely prioritise this and get them all fixed and removed. There is absolutely no point in you having any bodywork done on your VW Kombi van if there are any scratches or dents. When this is completed, you can now get started on creating the design that you want for your VW Kombi van. This could be one colour all over, or even a half and half respray. Whatever it is, the choice is yours to make. Pinterest is a great platform for those of you who fancy a little bit of inspiration. Other social media platforms are also a great way to get some ideas for your VW Kombi van’s bodywork.
Not everyone tends to think about what they will actually need in their van, as they are normally distracted by things that they want for their van. So, to avoid making the same mistake, we have decided to list the essentials that you need in your VW Kombi.
First up, you will want to know about the insulation of your van. The best way to know how much you want to insulate your van, you should think about the location and its typical climate. Some people tend to use electric heaters. While this may be a good idea, it is important to keep in mind that electric heaters require a large amount of battery power and they may not always be efficient.
Next on our list of essentials is food. Some people prefer to only use dry or tinned food when they are on their travels, while for others this is not the case. Campervan fridges are a great solution to this.
Sleeping arrangements is another thing you will also want to keep in mind. You really don’t want to put yourself in a position where you have had a really long and tiring day, and when you come to sleep, you are uncomfortable. The solution? A comfortable mattress. You may even want to invest in an air bed or even just some camping mats. The choice is entirely up to you.
Personal safety is another essential. The security of you and your van is a very important thing to consider, and should be taken quite seriously. A lot of people tend to add things like a GPS tracker to their van, in case it gets stolen. Another option that is available for you to do, is add deadlocks onto your van doors. This will definitely make it a lot harder for people to break into your van. You may also want to take any valuable belongings with you when you leave your van unattended. Other equipment you may want to purchase regarding your safety could be things such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, and a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. You will definitely want to prioritise the ventilation in your van too, especially if you have any gas appliances.
Now another thing that people often worry about, is how they will go to the toilet. If you are visiting a campsite, most of them tend to have on camp toilets and washing facilities. But, that may not always be the case. Most people like to purchase a portable toilet for their van, which we highly recommend you do. For the shower, most people use a powered 12v shower which runs off your van’s batteries. You can also use a solar camp shower which is where you just heat the water using the sun.
And last but not least, electricity. You will need electricity for multiple different things such as charging any electric devices you may have, or even to run your refrigerator.
Can I do anything myself?
Yes, you can easily achieve a van conversion yourself. You can also add any accessories that you may want as well. But, it is not as simple as it may sound. Van conversions require a lot of hard work, time, and also dedication. Most people who convert their van, usually do it to save a fair bit of money. However, that is not always the case. Some people do it as it makes the van more personal to them. Whatever the reason is, you will want to keep a few things in mind.
Firstly, do you have everything you need? If you don’t, then get started on some shopping. You cannot complete a van conversion whilst missing some of the most crucial tools. You really don’t want to delay the process by having a lack of equipment, as that can add a lot of unnecessary stress and frustration. We also recommend checking out some Youtube videos if you feel like you may need a little guidance in certain places.
Secondly, do you have the expertise to complete the van conversion yourself? If you do, then totally go for it! If you do not, then please do not attempt it. Your safety is always an important factor, and if you think that completing the conversion yourself will be a great solution to saving money, then look at other options such as budget van conversions. If you are unsure about anything, please ask a professional conversion company to complete the van conversion for you. You may want to get a few quotes before you settle on one choice, as the price will differ from place to place.