How to build a Camper Van / Studio - DIY conversion (Step by step)

Am 18 Feb 2018 veröffentlicht
How to convert a van into a camper/ video production studio. I hope this step by step video is useful to many of you. Time stamps bellow:
0:43 Windows
2:27 Bulkhead
2:57 / 28:26 Floor
3:27 Wires
3:58 Roof ventilation
6:17 Insulation
8:43 Ceiling
9:45 / 29:20 Ikea LEDs
10:06 Pallet wood walls
10:47 Bed Frame / 18:36 & 29:57 Sliding bed
13:38 Kitchen
17:04 / 21:12 Carpeting
17:57 / 21:33 / 28:00 Painting
20:06 Back doors / 26:32 Side door
25:05 Charging station
30:29 LED strips
32:44 Wooden deck
34:23 Solar panels
35:19 Plastics and van polish
Music by Joakim Karud
The Emerging Alternatives van is what makes filming on the road possible. It both severs as a mobile studio and a tiny living space. Its color quickly gave it the stage name" Red".
It's mostly made of reclaimed wood and was originally inspired by the typical Norwegian Rorbu (small wooden cabin used by fishermen). The wooden deck on top of the van is made in the Japanese way of preserving wood with fire called Shou Sugi Ban (charred wood). There are two 100W solar panels on the roof making it a good off grid camper and providing enough electricity to power the cameras and laptop required for the making of the videos. I decided to share the van conversion with the community hoping it will inspire potential van-builders and travelers.
This video is as descriptive as I could make it without boring everybody to death. Do leave a comment with your questions if you have some. I'll do my best to answer them. If there are a lot of the same questions coming up, i'll do a Q&A.

This is a 100% DIY van. It was a long process and I didn't really know what to expect. I often had to change ideas, adapt and find solutions to problems I could not have thought about before the start. I was already pretty good with my hands and enjoyed building things, but this van build was definitely a first.
There will be some more van life videos coming up on the channel, a van tour and extra little van build videos if there are frequent questions coming up, but the channel won't be focused only on that subject. I'd like to also make content on alternative living, like tiny house and minimalist living rather than just camper vans as living a nomadic life ins't really sustainable in the long run (speaking from experience).
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to do a van conversion.
Once again do ask questions or share with us your van build ideas in the comments.

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Video gear list:
Panasonic GH4
14/140 lens
DJI Mavic pro
Gopro 4 Silver
Rode Lavalier Mic for smartphones
Lav mic windscreen (Dead Cat)
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones


  • To see the finished van check out the Van Tour video: I hope you guys enjoyed the build. If you have any questions do leave a comment! Time Stamps are available below in case you're looking for something in particular. 0:43 Windows 2:27 Bulkhead 2:57 / 28:26 Floor 3:27 Wires 3:58 Roof ventilation 6:17 Insulation 8:43 Ceiling 9:45 / 29:20 Ikea LEDs 10:06 Pallet wood walls 10:47 Bed Frame / 18:36 & 29:57 Sliding bed 13:38 Kitchen 17:04 / 21:12 Carpeting 17:57 / 21:33 / 28:00 Painting 20:06 Back doors / 26:32 Side door 25:05 Charging station 30:29 LED strips 32:44 Wooden deck 34:23 Solar panels 35:19 Plastics and van polish.

    • Oh yes i want to build like thisq so i need phone number and email urgent my emailis And Ph Uk 0044 7897743346

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    • How much did you spend?

    • @Emerging Alternatives have you spent time in Ireland?

    • You should have sanded the ceiling. Looks good though!

  • I wonder how the center of gravity on the car has changed? How much added weight that wood added?

  • Like your plan c. Thanks for sharing.

  • amazing 😊😊😊

  • فكيو

  • wadeaawadlla

  • Pierre Croce is that you ???

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  • Bravooo. Il taglio della lamiera a mano... Per fortuna c'è ancora qualcuno che lo sa fare!!! Complimenti. 👍👍👍👏👏👏

  • Well done man

  • Wow Nice Car

  • There a thing 📞 the drawing board or blueprints

  • 😂😂😂😂

  • Love it, it's a 2007 what...? How much does a van like this cost?

  • Où avez-vous trouvé les douilles pour passer vos fils des panneaux solaires svp?

  • മലയാളികൾ ആരേലുമുണ്ടോ ?

  • Love van life

  • The skillful baritone karunagappally last because jennifer developmentally undress following a charming roast. faint fair, verdant support

  • ant watch this video? he is cutting out the windows? why not just buy a van with windows? so so many of them out there

  • Wow good job, where did you rivet the roof wood, I saw only the insulation then you rivet the wood.

  • good job my friend !

  • The right workmanship awesome ....

  • Ficou muito bonito👏👏

  • Really awesome 👍 It will help tour lovers and will inspire to love tour. God bless you.

  • Good sir I like thanks so much sir

  • What the version of this van?

  • Are you really bulding it on the street ? 😃

  • Nice i love to see when people build a van into a camper.🙃

  • could you show done, not done again? :)

  • Nice video, you have my like! I think we DEname should support us more and give us feedback. I would be really happy if you drop by at my place.

  • your job is amazing👍

  • why painting white wood?????? the natural wood colour is much better

  • How much all costs?

  • Hello I am new yo this and I want to know how big does it need to be? And Do you have some recomendentions?

  • Youpi gave me idea how i creat easy Anderson chapeau van tank youpi good kick

  • Тяжелая конструкция.

  • Bon travail, sauf la longueur du fourgon trop petit.

  • Great conversion, dude! 👍👍👍

  • How much did you mpg drop?

  • Elinize emeğine sağlık çok güzel bir video olmuş, keşke beraber bir video çekseydik, kanalıma destek olursanız memnun olurum.

  • what is this car?

  • Too much talk

  • Of all the builds i love your build the most. Simple and clean.

  • Who turned Peter Crouch French, short, and made him a craftsman?

  • quick question: what are you screwing the roofbolts that hold the wood ceiling into? the metal body of the car? won't that rust away? cause they look really long

  • You're such an sympathetic guy. And your English is also real good wich is rare to find in France.

  • Great

  • Thanks for sharing

  • Спасибо за видео! Ты молодец. Очень интересно.

  • bro, thanks for posting! I have a question: how much did the whole conversion cost you including solar panels etc?

  • only in Italy is impossible to cut off e put the windows and remove the panel back the driver?

  • Watched every second, thanks for making this video One question. Did you screw directly into the steel frame for the ceiling of the van and on the roof to install floor boards?? Kind regards

  • Wow

  • One for Tom Cruise one for that gray color selection ( gray is better than black) , one for - over here over here done not done...🙏 Lots of wishes and likes from my side

  • is this sweden ?

  • I like caravans, its great modify in this. #emerging Alternatives

  • Is English your first language? At first I thought you were American but you're French. Ton Anglais est tres bon!

  • it was really perfect, but i feel somthing that if i were you i wouldn't do like you, I think natural design of wood is most beautiful than painting, what do you think ?

  • When putting roof on what where u screwing it into?

  • It's amazing convert. Asome red clour. Great van. I like it 👍 Geatings from Poland 🇵🇱

  • If the bathroom were attached too than it would be more awesome bt loved it

  • i can say only this ,God bless you and I love you . hare krishna .

  • Excellent jobs brother

  • No Final photos. Cool van 👍

  • Thank you for your idea to slide bed board over top of second board using angled metal edging. Excellent! - Steve, Utah USA

  • 👍🏻❤️🚐

  • Plan A. Take off the roof rack.

  • how tall is the inside I'm looking now and I'm not fining one that will give me 3-4 inches of clearance

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  • 👍👌

  • For someone whose not a carpenter you’ve done a bloody good job!!

  • Awesome!!

  • friends, check out the game where you can renovate old campers

  • Very well done and informative video! Would you recommend same thing be done by someone else? Thank you!

  • What are you screwing the ceiling panels to?

  • Kind of ironic. You put flammable polystyrene on the bottom. (Polystyrene gives off deadly gases when it burns.) And fireproof mineral wool on the sides. I also can't understand why people put windows all around their vans. Windows don't provide any insulation, privacy or protection.. I don't get it.

  • Bŵřfĥĵvçx

  • we build our own caravan. just have a look to support us. we love youuuuu

  • Welcome to Cody's lab.

  • Good 💯💡👍

  • Hardworking l

  • Great job

  • That's great bro.... I am your new subscriber...

  • 😍❤️ ur d best DEnamer I have ever seen.

  • Wonder how all this handles in an accident. All that material could be deadly you think?

  • Hi, what size is the master? Is it L2H2?

  • awesome build matey. what did it weigh after the build prior to the mot?

  • Filing metal with no eye protection...Brilliant!

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  • I just love that you are personalizing your own space! I can't wait to do this myself! You are inspiring me ❤️💕, as a bus driver and a teacher. God bless you and the tiny home movement. We just need to keep trying to make the world a better place for our kiddos...

  • Step one: cut a huge hole in the wall of the van and put windows in it. Don't forget to notify insurance company....😋

  • nice work well done.

  • Salut! Comment est ce que tu as fait niveau courant pour connecter tes leds et tout tes sorties électriques? Ça passe par le régulateur et ensuite par la batterie mais à la sortie de la batterie tu fais comment pour ce qui est des Volts et Ampères ? :)

  • Is that Peter Crouch?

  • Very nice job. Bed is good however, no kitchen, no bath how will u stay without them.

  • Can I get one of these in India? It's amazing

  • I just found your channel and this video. I love your design. Did you secure or glue the foam insulation on the floor? How did you attach your floor decking to the van?

  • Great job brother!👍👍

  • thank you!