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... 

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.