Today I wanted to show you a great example of how you can turn an existing cargo van into an inexpensive DIY camper.

If you’ve ever thought about van dwelling then you’ll probably love this van conversion.

The person who converted this van wanted to create something that she can travel with and go one or two nights without any hookups on her way to her destination.

The cool part about this one is that it has standing room thanks to the fact that it’s a high top van that she found on Craigslist.

Since it’s a high top she’s able to change clothes, shower, and even cook in there with comfort.

Here, let me show you the van:

Van Dwelling: Cargo Van to DIY Camper

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Images: TinyCamper

When she first got it, it looked like this on the inside (see below):

Before:

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And here’s what it looked like after:

After:

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Looks pretty good, right?

Just like a fully functional RV…

Only it’s stealthy in the way that it looks nothing like one on the outside.

This allows you to be able to park for free in a lot of places without being noticed.

…unlike when you’re traveling around in a Winnebago.

Micro Kitchen

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And there’s even a shower and port-a-potty set up… See below:

Shower & Port-a-potty

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Images: TinyCamper

Learn more about this camper and see more pics of it at the original story/post right here.

For more like this one check out our van dwelling category.

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Alex

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity.

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  • Tim

    I’m familiar with this van. It sure is a nice one.

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    • Alex Pino

      I think so too!

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  • Roger Steen

    That’s a really nice looking interior. I put together a stealthy campervan too, though it’s more minimalist than this one (http://roger-steen.squarespace.com). Would be happy to send a review copy, Alex.
    Roger

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  • Ralph Sly

    This really is all you need; I have done this for years and have never had a problem. The longest trip I took was a winter trip in a GMC minivan, across Canada, around the perimeter of the US and back to western Canada 3 months, no batteries, just an inverter for a small fridge that used the power of a light bulb small buddy heater, showered at truck stops, YMCAs and shelters and it was great. Good Job on this one, enjoy and have fun.

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    • Alex Pino

      Thanks Ralph!

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  • Pirate

    Alex, you might want to go read the original article again, as I spotted an inconsistency between it and your write up above. You stated the van has a big battery bank, but the original article says it has no battery bank, only the engine cranking battery.

    –Pirate

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    • Alex Pino

      Whoops! Thanks for catching that. I corrected it.

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  • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple

    Wow, this was so awesome. My neighbors have a camping fan (you know, full on van Ford purchased for six figures, etc.) and I’ve always admired it. This is a really amazing setup.

    I think some day I’d like to do a project like this. I’d need a slightly different setup though – we have two kids and need seating for four (with 2 carseats) and sleeping for four.

    I like the RV toilet too – I have a 1BA house and have been struggling for a way to get a second bathroom. Really, all I need is an RV toilet. I could put that in the laundry room for emergencies!

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