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Minivan Camping: How to turn your Minivan into an RV

After you’re done with this post you’ll know how to turn your minivan into an RV.

Depending on what you consider an RV, of course. So I ran into Lindsey and Joe who are going to show you how they’ve done it.

They’ve slept in their van quite a few times over the last year or so when tent camping was a bad option due to weather and other circumstances.

Minivan Camping with Two Kids and Two Adults

Whether you’re camping out and the weather’s bad or you’re on a long road trip and need a nap.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Set up Your Van for Camping

Before heading out it’s a good idea to remove your middle row seating to create enough room for yourself. After that, load up your…

  • Hammock
  • Carabiners
  • Tie down straps
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping pads

Turning your Minivan into an RV for Camping
YouTube screenshot courtesy of OutsideMom.com

How to do it

Video Length: 3:10

1. Attach carabiners to ends of hammock
2. Open back door and shut it with carabiner outside and hammock in
3. Do the same thing to the other end with one of the front doors (opposite angle)
4. Attach tie down straps to carabiners to prevent denting of your vehicle
5. Secure and tighten the straps

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Avatar Darcy
    November 16, 2013, 7:48 pm

    What an absolute joke!

  • Avatar Mike
    January 30, 2014, 10:26 am

    Not a joke, but certainly not for everyone. I am a fan of hammock camping, but I would not choose to do this except in a pinch if I were traveling alone and needed a quick place to sleep. Another thing to consider is that he does not appear to be a big guy. At 6’4″ and 220# I am not sure it would work so well for someone my size as it does for him. Add in the wife and kids, and it’s time for a tent.

  • Avatar julian
    June 22, 2017, 9:57 pm

    cool tip!

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