This is the story of how a 1989 Ford camper van has been modified and modernized into an off-grid solar motor camper. Or as Sharrieff Fareed of the DualEx/YouTube Channel calls it, an off-grid solar tiny house in a van.
So he acquired the van and used his DIY skills to carefully convert it into a modern tiny home (in a van) for a total of only $3,500 (including the cost of buying the van) and then turned around and sold it for $12,000 (after several months). You can always see what he’s up to next on his YouTube, Instagram, and website where he offers his Campervan Conversion Guide eBook.
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Modernized 1989 Ford Camper Van Tiny House Built For $3,500
Believe it or not, the engine actually makes its way into the cockpit in these vans!
This is what it was like when he acquired it.
Like many rehabs, it started out, well, not-so-great. Not bad, but not great.
So DualEx started the project by ripping everything out of the van so that he can have a fresh slate to work with.
It’s a process.
One screw at a time…
To get the van to its bar bones!
Including, of course, removing the old flooring.
Preparing it for new floors. Exciting!
It’s so fun to bring life to something old.
It’s nice to be handy, too. But hey, those who are handy, were once not! It all starts somewhere.
One of the scary parts of the build. Cutting a hole in the roof for a fan! What if you mess this up?!
Fortunately I think he measured twice…
As you can see, the fan install was a success.
Then it was time to insulate the walls and start building out the furniture inside the van.
Going to definitely need some solar panels.
After days and days and hours and hours of work, it really starts to come together.
Putting the kitchen together seems satisfying.
There’s a bed, built-in benches, storage, and a kitchen… It’s really turning out!
Once finished, you would never guess it’s a 1980’s van from the inside. Incredible! People pay BIG BUCKS for rigs like this brand-new.
He was able to re-create a similar value to a newer class B motorhome, for a fraction of the cost.
A modernized 1980’s Chevy Campervan!
It even has high-tech gadgets built-in, like a cabinet that charges your phone (wirelessly), rear security camera, and a projector system for entertainment.
Oh yeah, and the solar panels to keep everything powered 🙂
Pretty awesome, right? He turned what would be an ever-aging camper van, and modernized it with new technology as well as a complete interior rehab!
VIDEO: How It Was Built For Only $3,500
VIDEO: Urban Stealth Camping With The Finished Van
Did you like this van conversion?
- He bought a used 1989 camper van
- He spent a total of $3,500 to buy the van and materials to convert it
- He used his own labor to convert the van and flip it for $12,000, making an $8,500 profit for all of his time and expertise
- The van has high tech features like wireless phone charging built into the furniture, security camera system, and more…
- Video #1 | Video #2 | via DualEx/YouTube
- DualEx’s van conversion guide ebook
- His woodworking business
Our big thanks to DualEx for sharing!🙏
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