Professionally-converted motorhome can be great, but they do have a number of downsides:
- Very expensive
- Mostly aimed at a certain type of market – if you want something different it’s hard to find
- Everybody else’s motorhome is fairly similar
- Did I mention they are expensive?
Carrying out a self-build – or DIY motorhome conversion can be the answer. I won’t pretend it’s easy, fast or simple – but it’s manageable for many people and terrifically satisfying when you finish it.
You also have the advantage of knowing exactly how everything in your motorhome works – because you built it!
The scale of DIY conversions varies from almost nothing to palatial – likewise people use all kinds of vehicles – from small panel vans up to buses and lorries. There are no restrictions on vehicle choice or specification. The only restrictions should be made up from your requirements, your budget and (perhaps) your skills.
If you would like a few ideas on how to get started with planning, specifying and carrying out a van conversion, why not take a look at my DIY Campervan Conversion Guide?
It’s aimed at people wanting to convert a panel van – like a Ford Transit – into a fairly self-sufficient (but simple) campervan or small motorhome.
There are one or two other great internet resources for the self-build community – prince among these is undoubtedly the Self-Build Motor Caravanners Club. If it can be done then one of their members has probably tried it – and the SBMCC forums are an absolute mine of useful knowledge.
Joining the SBMCC is also worthwhile as it entitles you to discounts from a range of companies – including motorhome parts suppliers and insurance companies who are willing to insure self-build conversion (not all will…).
I’ve included links to the SBMCC and several other useful websites on the main website – take a look here for more details.