Best Cheap Van Conversion Ideas

Best Cheap Van Conversions

When it comes to converting your van, some of you are going to want to find the cheapest option available to you. Cheap van conversions are definitely a great alternative to some of those really expensive van conversions, and are sometimes almost as good. So whether you are on a tight budget or simply just want to save some money, finding the best cheap van conversions is most certainly the perfect solution! To help you along the way, we have provided some information regarding the topic. 

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How to make your van conversion cheaper?

Finding ways to make your van conversion cheaper can sometimes be quite difficult for a lot of people. One of the most obvious ways to make your van conversion cheaper, is by doing it yourself. This is something that you will find numerous people tend to do, especially those on a budget. But the question that people like to ask is “how?” Well, that is where this blog can be of some assistance.

Every DIY task will always have some form of challenges you may encounter. Whether they are big or small, the important thing is that you don’t give up! Completing a van conversion yourself, requires a lot of dedication & hard work and can sometimes be quite time consuming. But when you overcome these ‘obstacles’, your DIY van conversion will be very successful.

The first step when it comes to your van conversion is to buy a van. However, it isn’t as simple as you may think. Before you actually make the purchase, you should decide what your budget is. When you have done this, it is time to get researching on the perfect van! Of course not everyone will be able to buy their van straight away, but being aware of the vans that are available to you on the market will definitely put you in a great position. Another thing you should consider when it comes to purchasing your van, is to widen your search a bit. What we mean by this, is that you may be in an area where the prices of the vans are a lot higher than an area that is a 2 hour drive away from your house. You can also see if any of your friends or family members have any recommendations. 

If you are considering buying a second hand van, there are a few things you should keep in mind before actually making the purchase. One of the most important things is the tyres. Are they of a good quality? Will they need replacing?  Asking yourself and the current owner these questions, can really help you in the long run. Another thing you should consider is whether or not they have air conditioning & heating. Obviously this isn’t an essential when it comes to your vam, but it can sometimes be quite uncomfortable to live in a space without either of these systems. You should also take into account any noises that come from the van. Not only can it be quite annoying to be driving in a noisey van for a long period of time, but it can also help you spot any problems that may need fixing. Leaks are another thing you should check for before purchasing a second hand van, especially if it has been sitting for a while. Some leaks can easily be fixed, however others may be quite expensive to sort out. 

After you have made the purchase, cleaning the van is the next step. Cleaning is most likely going to be one of the cheapest things you do when it comes to converting the van yourself. If you are going to buy a second hand van, then we strongly suggest you clean it rigorously. 

The next step you should take, and probably the most crucial one, is to take measurements of absolutely everything. This includes the length, width, height, windows, and anything else you will be touching in your van during the process. We also strongly suggest you make sure that you are aware of the measurements of the tools that you will be using. It can be very disappointing & frustrating if you order something that is the incorrect size, and then you have to send it back meaning you are left waiting for the correct size to arrive. 

When you have completed the previous step, you should get started on creating a plan. Ask yourself questions such as, “what will I need in my van?”, “will anyone be travelling with me, and if so how many”, “where am I planning to take my van?”,  and anything else that will make the planning process a lot more easier. Once you know what your top priorities are, you can start to think about how much space these components will take up and where it will go exactly. However it is important to keep in mind that not everything will fit the way you want it too, so don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t work out the first time. You may have to make some sacrifices or explore more options, and then choose what works best for you personally. With both the measurements and plan, you can now get started on building the foundation. This includes building things such as the kitchen or the bed frame. If you aren’t exactly great at building any of these elements, you could consider asking some people who will be willing to help you. 

You may also want to consider things such as how you will charge any electronics you may have, how you will light your van at night, whether or not you want to wash your clothes, how you will keep cool on hot days, and any of things you may not have remembered to consider. 

Just before you go to use your van, you should go shopping for any essentials. This could be things such as cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, chopping boards, and perhaps a cooler. When you have completed this, you will want to find a place for literally everything.  A lack of organisation, can cause a lot of unwanted stress. To avoid this, you should ensure that everything you purchase will have a place to stay. 

However if the DIY van conversion isn’t for you, you can always choose the cheapest options that are available to you. For example, rather than buying a brand new van, you can choose to invest in a second hand one. Another thing you can do is just go for a basic van conversion. If you know that you aren’t going to be using the van that often throughout the year, hiring a van may be a great and cheap alternative. 

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Are there any risks when it comes to completing a van conversion yourself?

There will always be risks, no matter what it is that you are doing. But with the correct information,  you can easily reduce them.  You will definitely want to research as much as possible on what it is you are adding to your bespoke van conversion. This includes things such as: the quality & reliability, the safety, and how much it will cost. You can also watch multiple different videos on Youtube, read reviews, and read various articles on google. This may seem like a time consuming task for some, but it will be totally worth it in the long run!

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What mistakes do people make when converting their van?

There are a lot of mistakes people make when they come to choose a van conversion. Whether they are big or small, you will want to avoid as many as you can. The most common mistake people come across when they decide to choose a van conversion is buying items that are not going to give them some sort of advantage in any way.  Before you start purchasing accessories, it is best to know what they do exactly and why they are advantageous to you personally. If you do this, not only will you stop yourself from investing in things for the sake of it but you will also potentially save a lot of money. Another common mistake that you will definitely want to avoid when you choose a van conversion is not being aware of the safety & standard of the items that will be added, and also the company that will be completing the cheap van conversion for you. However, here at Wildworx we can assure you that everything is completed to a high standard by our team of professionals, and meets all standard safety requirements.  

How much does a van conversion cost?

There are loads of different factors that affect the overall price of a van conversion. This includes the area you buy your van from, how it will be converted (professionally or by yourself), what type of van you purchase, whether the van is new or second hand, what you plan to add to the van, and any other things that will be included such as essentials. 

What mistakes do people make when choosing a cheap van conversion?

As you are aware of the mistakes people make when converting their van, you will also want to know any mistakes that people tend to make when it comes to choosing a cheap van conversion. With most things relating to vans, you will find that you get what you pay for. However, this doesn’t mean that your cheap van conversion won’t be successful. All it means is that you won’t have all the ‘added luxuries’ that you may see other people have on/in their vans. But, this is not something you should be disheartened about as you can still achieve the perfect van!

One of the most common mistakes people make, is the lack of research. As you are looking for a ‘cheap’ alternative, you will definitely want to save as much money as possible. However if you do not do a bit of your own homework, you may find yourself paying for things that you can find cheaper elsewhere, or that are unnecessary for you. Having some sort of basic knowledge beforehand, can really put you in a great position. Not only can it reduce the time of the process, but it can also reduce any unwanted hassle. 

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The safety of our customers is our number one priority here at Wildworx. Everything we complete or sell, is tested regularly and meets all standard safety requirements. However if you do have any queries, you are more than welcome to contact one of our team members here at Wildworx. 

You are all set!

With all the information we have provided, you can now get started on getting the best cheap van conversion. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us here at 01527 359 002 or email us at 

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