Build a vancamper by converting a cargo van

This is the website for an e-book titled Turning a cargo van into a road trip adventure vehicle. The book contains the details you need to create a tiny, comfortable rolling home – at reasonable cost – and equip it for travel.

I think of road trips as a dependable way to make my life more of an adventure, and this book will show you how to get your adventure at a decent price. You don’t really need a giant RV or trailer… you can happily explore, sleep, eat, and stay squeaky clean in a vancamper, customized using the suggestions in this book. And you won’t have to wade through fluff to get to the good stuff… This is a one-hour read, and it isn't theory or “seems like a good idea” kind of stuff. It's concise, real-world information based on experience. All meat and potatoes, very little parsley. 

Also wanted to mention that the book includes a bunch of useful links that I've accumulated over several years, including virtually all of the best sites you can use to find free camping spots. At the end of the book there's a link to a downloadable pdf with pictures of details of my van’s equipment. What the photos aren’t able to reveal is the happiness created by self-reliance and the (almost but not quite) omnipotent feeling that comes from being totally self-contained.  

Get your adventure on... 

Read the book on any computer

You can read this book on just about any computer, Kindle device, iPad or phone. If you want to read it on a computer or phone, you'll need to get the free Kindle app... just google "kindle reading app" on your computer or device, then download the version you need from the search results. Once you download the app you can come back here and get the book.
Best, Roger

Why not just buy a Westfalia?

When I first began researching vans, I thought I wanted a VW Westfalia. Sure, they'd been out of production for 20-something years, but there were aftermarket parts suppliers and restoration companies around (because there was plenty of demand for the old vehicles), so I figured if I needed a part or repair, there were specialists that could get what I needed with no problem. Knowing what I know now, I feel very lucky to have chosen a Ford.

It's not that Fords don't break... it's that the old Westfalias break a whole lot more. I know one fellow who has a flawless restored Westy and another who's built a very nice vancamper from a VW microbus. Both spend outrageous amounts of money on repairs -- one says he's averaging around $500 a week in repair costs, and I'm not making this up.

Lots of people feel like there's a cool factor with a Westy that you don't get with a Ford, and I suppose that's one of the things that first attracted me to the VW's. But I'm really really glad I didn't buy one.

Random thoughts, #16

Some would say “Choose the smallest RV you can be comfortable in.” My approach is to “Choose a vehicle that’ll go just about anywhere and whose gas mileage doesn’t make you cringe.” I’ve got too many miles ahead of me for 8 mpg to be acceptable. So a van is what I chose. 

I've been on the biggest road trip of my life… seven months on the road and counting. I've been to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, back to New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming (love those Tetons), Montana, and Idaho. Honestly? It took me a couple of months to get comfortable full-timing in the van, but now that I've learned how to embrace perpetual change and manage the lifestyle, I like it, and I'm crazy about the mountains, lakes, rivers, and freedom.

I suppose that lots of folks would not want to leave behind what they consider "normality," but for me that's easy to trade for the motion-picture-view out my van's windshield.

Hey guys

Just a little introduction here. If you're somewhere in the mountains or by the ocean, I might be that guy in the white van who just drove by. I like to think of myself as an adventurer who never got to command a ship of exploration, but people in my family prefer to think I'm a semi-retired eccentric who likes herds of elk and small spaces. 

I'm one of those guys who's had 47 different careers (seems like), but never stayed at one long enough to build much of a base. Just didn't realize that I've pretty much always been a nomad who needed continual changes of scenery. Now I'm finally getting them. 

All the best on your adventure.