Building The Ultimate Camper Van as a Tiny Home & Office on Wheels



We’ve been working pretty much 7 days a week on building our DIY camper van in a Ford Transit with a high roof. We’re planning a super functional home and office space in here, and are building it with as many natural materials as possible (cork, hemp, and FSC & formaldehyde-free plywood).

We’re going to have a semi-permanent bed with adjustable backrest and seating where we can work on our laptops. We’ll have a kitchen with running water, a small fridge, and a butane cooktop.

For our electricity, we’re going to be using Inergy’s Kodiak (disclaimer: they sent it to us to try and we love it so far. It’s the only item in our van that was given to us. The rest we bought with our own money).

The solar power system will power our lights, fridge, roof vent, laptops, and other small electronics.

We’re also going to have a tiny stall behind the driver’s seat with a dry toilet in it, and will also be installing a heater under the passenger seat. Stay tuned for a full tour when we’re done!

We haven’t been posting regular videos because the van conversion is taking way longer than we thought and we’ve had to dedicate all of our time to it so that we can hit the road before the summer is over.

Here’s the playlist of our favourite DIY camper van tours:

We’ll be back to posting regular weekly videos as soon as we can! Thanks for understanding, and for watching 🙂

Mat & Danielle

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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

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45 Replies to “Building The Ultimate Camper Van as a Tiny Home & Office on Wheels”

  1. Pinka Almira Kusuma

    Hi guys! Finally we got the sneak peek of your camper van! This is so excited 😀 I can't wait for the next update. If possible, could you guys also share challenges/difficulties that you've got during building the van? Anyway, thanks for sharing this video 🙂 Cheers!

  2. manderse12

    Mat & Danielle, this looks like it's going to be a great project. I can't wait to watch your other videos on this. My son Soren and I just recently (last Saturday) attended a VanLife meetup in Portland, Oregon organized by the Minimal Millennials (Christian and Aubrey) and Eamon & Bec. About 10 other vans were there besides theirs. What an inspiration! Keep up the good work. I've been sharing your channel with friends and so admire your vision and dedication. Cheers. –Michael

  3. Chuck The Person

    Hemp insulation. Hope you don't end up with a mold problem. As some have mentioned …. I would have went with spray foam insulation … no vapor barrier required as long as it is minimum 2". Good luck with the build.

  4. MEREDITH and PACO

    This is so awesome! One more reason why you guys are so cool! We Just posted a video announcing buying our school bus! If you can please go check it out, we are so excited to start this journey! You have been one of our inspirations to start this crazy skoolie ride so thank you!!

  5. Makayla Le Souef

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  6. raboox9

    How much added weight did you get? All that wood framing must be heavy. I'm wondering if it's possible to use lightweight materials instead.

    What insulation did you use? Those look like some kind of matting.

  7. Dark Soul

    I watched your kitchen video an loved the ideal of the foot pump. No one ever says that the electric pumps are so loud. Thank you for letting us know. I am planning on building a van home an was wondering if you could give me the demensions of the inside of your van. Height, length from back of drivers seat to back door an width please. Thanks. Looking forward to more of your build.

  8. Katie Lunafish

    Would absolutely love to see videos on your build if you made them! My husband who is 6'4" and I are also wanting to convert a van with natural non-toxic materials and a high ceiling. Would love to know why you chose the van you did and also if there are comparable vans to it height wise. Thanks!

  9. kayla garland

    I have an all wood interior tiny home I just purchased….I'm searching and searching for an answer to this: do I need to seal the interior wood? It's wood paneling….everything…..or can I just leave it natural?

  10. Michael RS

    Greetings from Andy (pictured) and I in Orange County California. Was referred to your guys's Channel by watching the Amon and Bec video at the van meet up in Quebec. For you I have two questions…so far. 😄

    1. From this video it looks like you guys built an interior wall straight up from the van floor why not why I'm not really trying to follow the van Wall Contours that much and then just insulated behind that wall. Did I observe that correctly?
    That seems a little easier to me although I guess you would lose a few inches not following the Van Wall Contours so much.
    And I do like the way you did the Box around the window. I'm going to need some small windows in my own conversion because I just can't live like I'm in a submarine. And I think you can have small windows and still look stealth-ish.

    2. And do you have a tour of your completed van. Are more detailed build video. I didn't see it in the playlist.
    Thanx
    Michael

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