From rust to roadtrip:
Minibus to home in 17 steps
From rust to roadtrip: how to convert a minibus into a home in 17 steps.
Step 1: Buy a van. An LDV Convoy will do. Preferably a rusty one with a dodgy tie-dye paint job and that has also been sticker-bombed. The crack in the roof is an optional extra.
Step 2: Strip van until it no longer resembles a minibus. Seats, plastic trim, carpet- the lot.
Step 3: Make a plan (this step can be omitted).
Step 4: Fix leaks and rust holes (repeat as often as necessary).
Step 5: Lay down new floor (a waterproof one is essential in an LDV).
Step 6: Soundproof the van so you don’t have to shout at each other over the noise of the engine.
Step 7: Build a bed. A small double bed big enough for two with room for storage underneath.
Step 8: Build the kitchen- cabinets, shelves and a cutlery drawer (Note: straight edges and measurements are optional at this stage).
Step 9: Add plumbing: everything but the kitchen sink and then that too. If you can’t find the right sized water tank build your own.
Step 10: Let there be light! Coloured LED strobe lights that is. Aswell as two leisure batteries and an inverter to power them. Throw in a cheeky battery isolator switch to charge the whole lot too.
Step 11: Heating, for the winter months. Take an Eberspacher diesel heater, cut a hole in the side of the van for the exhaust then wire it to an old heater matrix- warm air and hot showers don’t need to be a luxury.
Step 12: Some sleek wooden cladding plus a bonus hidden cupboard. Pro tip: if it doesn’t fit, a hammer will make sure it does. Stuff some insulation behind there too, you can never have enough insulation.
Step 13: Make some storage: fill every available space with shelves and cupboards from the biggest ones...
… To the smallest ones.
Step 14: Find a load of driftwood. Build a wicked spice rack out of it.
Step 15: Time for a coat of paint. Goodbye tie-dye and rust white, hello liquid sky.
Step 16: Install a soundsystem. 1800 watts of pure eargasm.
Step 17: Sprinkle around some finishing touches, make the place a home.
Finished! It’s that simple. A minibus to a home in just 17 steps.
This was our first ever van conversion, so after our first trip there were a few improvements we wanted to make. You can read all the details about the build and the rebuild over on our Build Page.
Any questions? Comment below!