Camper Conversion Kits are Making Van Life Accessible to Anyone

Camper Conversion Kits are Making Van Life Accessible to Anyone

Why using pre-designed furniture kits is the most time and cost-efficient way to go about your camper conversion

Roaming countries in vehicles that have been converted into some form of living space has become one of the most popular travel trends to date. What once was a simpler way of life has quickly become commercialized and glamourized to the point where the term #vanlife brings many assumptions.

When talking about your camper conversion aspirations, people tend to think you're an influencer, know someone who's a carpenter or can afford a $200k+ professionally-built Mercedes Sprinter van conversion.

But maybe you're not, you don't, and you can't.

Conversely, some people's mentality of living simply is almost the complete opposite. Called "no-build builds," some van lifers' DIY conversion is to remove some seats, throw a camp pad down on the floor or a basic bed platform with some blankets, and have a variety of containers and bags strewn about for supplies and clothing.

While there's nothing wrong with this style of travel, it's not for everyone. This is where camper conversion kits come into play. Camper conversion kits are the perfect solution for aspiring travelers who don't quite fit in with today's assumptions but still want to fit in.

Sierra Elberly / Boondock Consulting

Sierra has been traveling the PNW and SW full-time with her dog, Snow, since Sept 2020. She runs her business, Boondock Consulting, from the back of her van. For fun, Snow and Sierra go trail running every chance they get!

Camper Conversion Kits for the Happier Vanlifer

You don't have to have a friend or family member help you with a DIY camper conversion. You don't have to buy power tools and building materials to convert your own van. You don't have to be on social media with tens of thousands of followers to help fund your adventures. And you don't have to have $60k-$200k of disposable income to spend on a professional van conversion. 

Camper conversion kits offer an excellent solution for those looking to start van life without the stress and hassle of a DIY build or hiring a professional builder. 

So, why are camper conversion kits a great way to start van life? The short answer is they are simple and save you a ton of money. But if the short answer isn't convincing enough, we've broken down how camper conversion kits can save you your hard-earned cash.

Simpler Ways is the one-stop shop to build and equip your rolling home — tastefully and responsibly. We do the research so you don’t have to! We offer a carefully curated selection of conversion kits, DIY resources and gear for the road for modern days nomads.

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5 Reasons Camper Conversion Kits are Cost-Effective

Cost is one of the most significant advantages of using camper conversion kits. While hiring a professional builder can cost tens of thousands of dollars, a camper conversion kit is a much more affordable option.

You might see the price tag on some camper conversion kits and think, "I could still build that for less money!" or "It doesn't look that hard!" But consider the full picture. It's not just the immediate cost of camper conversion kits you should be looking at.

Whether converting your daily driver, such as a Kia Sedona, for weekend adventures or doing a full camper van conversion for a Ford Transit, camper conversion kits can save you a bundle of cash.

We offer a selection of some of the best kits on the market, designed by industry veterans. Get yours today, hit the road tomorrow!

1. Save time with camper conversion kits

Everyone has heard the term "time is money." Time is probably how you save the most money with DIY conversion kits. Some conversion kits can be installed in less than 15 minutes with nothing more than a Phillips screwdriver and an extra set of hands to slide the kit into place. The typical van build process can take months if you're doing a complete DIY van build.

Imagine your camper conversion kit installed mere minutes after it was delivered, allowing you to hit the road that very same day. Some kits even have a desk or workspace included, so if you're a digital nomad, you won't even miss a day of work during your camper conversion.

 2. No need for additional tools, OR A WORKSHOP

Camper van kits typically come with all the materials you need to convert your van into a comfortable living space. You don't have to worry about purchasing expensive tools or equipment that you may only use once. There's zero material waste because all of the pieces come pre-cut, exactly the size you need. 

Also, you won't have to worry about a commitment to creating or finding a workshop for a multi-month build! You'll just need the space for a weekend, and for a lot of us, it happened in front of a house!

3. Camper conversion kits are convenient

Another benefit of using a camper conversion kit is convenience. These kits are designed to be user-friendly, meaning that you don't need any previous experience in construction to use them. Most kits are Ikea-style, with detailed instructions and video tutorials guiding you through installation.

You won't have to spend endless hours studying YouTube University or make daily trips to a hardware store. You won't even have to measure anything. Simply select the camper conversion kit that fits your vehicle, order, install, and go.

 4. Kits are customizable for any car or van type 

While camper conversion kits are designed to be easy to use, they are also highly customizable. Most kits come with various options and modular components that allow you to tailor your conversion to your specific needs and preferences. This means you can choose the layout, materials, and finishes that work best for you, ensuring your van feels like a home away from home.

Conversion kits have endless possibilities, from a simple bed platform with storage boxes underneath to a full kitchen galley with upper cabinets. Some camper van kits include grey water tanks and dedicated storage space for a portable toilet. There are even camper van kits that include ceiling panels and wall panels to make your van feel even more like home.

 5. Conversion kits can be a-la-carte 

Just looking for an additional boot box or bedside cabinets? No problem. Instead of buying a full-sized conversion kit for camper vans, you can just buy the pieces you need. Maybe you already built a platform bed or want simple overhead cabinets instead of trying to figure out custom cabinetry. What an interior kit includes is as flexible as the travel plans of someone living full-time van life.

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Are Camper Conversion Kits Good Quality?

Camper conversion kits are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and materials. Professionals typically design these kits with years of experience in camper conversions. They use high-quality materials and techniques to ensure that your conversion is not only functional but also durable and long-lasting. This can give you peace of mind, knowing that your van will stand up to the rigors of the road and provide a comfortable living space for years to come.

You can get camper conversion kits with solid bamboo cabinetry or storage cabinets made with birch or maple, all with finished or unfinished options. There are even complete flooring kits designed to accommodate wool insulation. These kits align with factory holes, so all you do is drop them in and screw or glue them into place.

Get on the Road Today with a Camper Conversion Kit

Camper conversion kits offer an excellent way to start van life. They are cost-effective, convenient, customizable, and of high quality. Whether you're looking to hit the road full-time or simply want to enjoy the occasional weekend getaway, camper conversion kits can help you make your dream a reality.

DIY conversion kits are the best of both worlds: they have the functionality and quality of a professional build with the budget of a DIY van.

We at Simpler Ways sell conversion kits for all types of vehicles, helping you get on the road and live a simpler life. Whether you have a Subaru, a Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford Transit Connect, a Sprinter van, or anything in between, we have camper conversion kits to meet your needs.

See you on the road!

The Simpler Ways team

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