Buying a panel van then converting it into a camper has become more popular over the last few years but we wouldn’t say it’s easy; far from it.
You’ve just got to see the thousands of YouTube videos to see how much work is involved.
You’ll need space, time (it’ll take a lot longer than you think), the right tools, some basic DIY carpentry skills and some knowledge of electrics (and you’ll need to learn more as you go).
Although many van-lifers do convert their own vans, there are specialist companies who can do it for you but these, as you can imagine, are expensive. You can buy yourself a van then spend as much again – if not more – paying someone to convert it for you.
If you are going down the DIY route, check out two campervan conversion resources we recommend that will help guide you every step of the way.