Build Your Dream Van.

Welcome to your new adventure, your way.
Step-by-step instructions on how to build the van of your dreams, and how to live in it with ease.
Written by full time van lifers.

Which van is right for you?

Choosing a van is the first and most important decision you will make. We’re here to help you get it right!

Let’s get building.

Ready to start your van build adventure?
Look no further. Here you will find epic guides on everything from insulation to solar.

Beginners Guide To Adventures on the road.

All ready to hit the black top? Here you’ll find everything you need to find your next adventure.

Which van is right for you?

Choosing a van is the first and most important decision you will make. We’re here to help you get it right!

Let’s get building.

Insulation, windows, wiring, flooring, waterproofing, cabinetry and layout… For a tiny home, the list of things to do when converting your van is massive! Check out our detailed guide on how to build various elements of your van.

Van build inspiration!

Seeing what other van lifrs have done with their van conversions is a good way to research your future build. Whether you want to build out a DIY van yourself – or rent one for a quick road trip – these vans will have you drooling over all of the #vanlife adventures you could have.

Can you live in a VW Caddy Van? You’d Be Surprised!

A VW Caddy Van Conversion could be your key to unlocking all sorts of awesome adventure escapes. Fro…

Can you live in a Ford Transit Connect Campervan
Can you live the Vanlife in a Ford Transit Connect Van?

It is natural for newcomers to van life who swap out their homes, packed with consumer objects and c…

10 Awesome Lagun Table Mount Van Conversions

Is A Lagun table Mount Worth it? To put it simply, a table is a necessity for van life. And because …

Maxxair MaxxFan Deluxe Van Fan Review
Honest Review of The MaxxAir MaxxFan Deluxe 7000k

Is the MaxxFan Deluxe good – Our Verdict. Ok, let’s get straight to the point… Is …

12 Incredibly Awesome Van Life Outdoor Shower Ideas

So, you’ve been visualising your dream van. It’s got the dreamy, warm-toned ambient lighting. It’s g…

Van Insulation Top 3
Do I REALLY Need To Insulate A Van? The Truth About Van Insulation

Here’s What You Need To Know About Van Insulation Insulating a van is hard damn work. No two w…

How to Build a Van Bench Seat
How To Build A Bench Seat In a Van Explained

In this article I’m (Charlie) going to share the reasons why we put a bench seat with storage …

Honest Review of Lagun Swivel Table mount
Honest Review of Lagun Table Mount

When we started our own van build, and were designing the layout, we spent a long time devising the …

thermal bridging in a van
What is Thermal Bridging, and How To Stop it Ruining Your Van Insulation efforts.

What is Thermal Bridging? Thermal bridging is the progress of energy (heat) through a material that …

Top 8 Small Vans To Convert
Top 8 Vans for Small Van Conversions

Small campervans share many similarities with tiny houses. They take you back to the basics, are aff…

Top 10 Nissan NV Van Conversions
Top 10 Nissan NV 200 Conversions

The Nissan NV200 is an oddity in the small van world. It is a compact little van whose size rivals t…

Top 10 Citroen Berlingo Van Conversions
Top 10 Citroen Berlingo Van Conversions

The Citroen Berlingo leads in sales in Europe and the UK. Its success is proof that while SUVs now d…

Top 10 Mercedes Metris Van Conversions
Top 10 Mercedes Metris Conversions

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is a practical van with an impressive people hauling capacity. It is, howev…

Van Insulation Mega Guide
Ultimate Van Insulation Mega Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of RV and van insulation. If there is a topic that divides the #vanli…

Top 7 Ram Promaster City Van Conversions
Top 7 Ram Promaster City Conversions

The Ram ProMaster City is the smaller and more maneuverable sibling of the monster Ram ProMaster van…

Top 10 Ford Transit Connect Conversions
Top 10 Ford Transit Connect Conversions

If you are thinking about the Ford Transit Connect for your epic van conversion project, then hell y…

Top 7 VW Caddy Van Conversions
Top 7 Best VW Caddy Van Conversions

The Volkswagen Caddy is a popular multi-purpose vehicle (MVP). The Caddy Maxi Life is the passenger …

Top 8 Peugeot Partner Conversions
Top 8 Peugeot Partner Conversions

Micro campers are the vanlife alternative of a tiny home. One of their biggest advantages is that th…

Top 5 Renault Trafic Camper conversions
Top 5 Renault Trafic Camper Conversions

The Renault Trafic has graced the UK road scape for four decades. It has sold as a Fiat Talento, Nis…

Why We Bought A Compressor Fridge For Our Van
Why We Bought A Compressor Fridge For Our Van

When Rissy and I were building out our new van conversion (read more about our build here), one of t…

top 10 tips for surviving road trips with kids
Top 10 tips for surviving road trips with kids

Whether you’re a full time van life family, or just love dusting off the RV for a weekend away &#821…

The 10 best ProMaster Van conversions
The 10 best ProMaster Van conversions

The ProMaster van conversions do not have followings as large as their Ford Transit or Mercedes Spri…

best vanlife kitchen inspiration
The best Vanlife Kitchen Inspiration

Food, glorious food. It’s still very much a part of our daily life on the road. And, you, a van dwel…

18 Vanlife Bathroom Inspiration ideas

So, you’ve decided to build a bathroom in your van? What a daunting decision that is. Not only are t…

Build Your Dream Van - Sprinter - our home on wheels
The 8 Best Mercedes Sprinter Conversions

The Mercedes Sprinter is an expensive vehicle. Buying a Sprinter van will be the most expensive bit …

Build Your Dream Van - storage hacks
15 Vanlife Storage and Organisation Hacks

Ok, fellow van lifer (or soon-to-be van dweller), listen up close. We have a secret for you. Your va…

Build Your Dream Van - Vanlife vloggers _ Christian Schaffer
Top vanlife vloggers

Are you itching to get on the road again? Do you dream of living in a converted van?  You’re no…

Build Your Dream Van - Vitrifrigo C115L review
Honest Review of the Vitrifrigo C115L Van Fridge

Our verdict This is a real world review of the Vitrifrigo C115L Fridge/Freezer, and we’re goin…

17 Vanlife Kitchen Storage Ideas
17 Vanlife Kitchen Storage Ideas

How do I fit it all in? As you look at the space of your campervan, you may wonder how you’re …

under bed storage van
Vanlife Under Bed Storage Ideas

What’s the most critical part of your van build? The bed, of course! Although there are many t…

Clothes storage vanlife
Vanlife Bed and Clothes Storage Ideas

Where do I put my clothes? As a new van dweller, there are so many things to consider in your design…

Vanlife during Covid

So much time at home, remote work, and dreams of a future less dystopian has pushed people to want a…

nikkibigger van inspiration
The 10 Best Ford Transit Conversions

The Ford Transit is a van amongst vans. It is an icon of the van world, renowned for its maximum car…

man holding mobile phone
Vanlife Apps You Need to Have

Looking for the best campsites? Need to know where to park, fuel and use the restroom at 11.00 pm in…

laptop on a table
Top Tips for Remote Working on the Road

You can live in a van and make money! We’re here to show you how. Too many people use money as an ex…

van conversion tips living with kids
10 tips to make your vanbuild kid-friendly

Whenever we went travelling in our converted van tinyhome, people would always be surprised to find …

sirocco fan closeup
Sirocco II Fan Review – #1 van fan

Our Verdict We installed the Sirocco II Fan in our van motorhome which we lived in full time. The be…

vanlife mum and son
What Is Vanlife? 15 Things to Know Before Starting life on the road

Instagram is spilling over with pictures of decked out camper vans and bright-eyed vanlifers, living…

stealth van safety
Is vanlife safe? Epic safety guide for your trip.

You will need to weather many challenges when starting out your life on the road. One of these hurdl…

Build Your Dream Van Stealth Van
Tips for Stealth Camping in a Van

Is it a cargo van, or is someone living in it?  If you’re going to be parking your camper…

Ford Transit Van conversion
Our Ford Transit Van Conversion

A detailed walkthrough of our custom Ford Transit Van Conversion, including why we decided to do it,…

Mother and son read a book on bed in van
9 Tips on surviving vanlife with kids

Pre-covid, vanlife with kids was a pariahs’ practice. Today, many families are selling what th…

passenger door of ford transit van
The Van-build battle: Transit VS Sprinter

Want to find the perfect van for your lifestyle? We've compared the two top-rated panelled cargo van…

mother, daughter and baby sit in van
The best 20 vanlife families to inspire you

Vanlife with kids may sound like a crazy idea to most people, and can you blame them? Small spaces, …

dog sits on van bed
Top 20 Vanlife with pets accounts you will love

Welcome to the world of Vanlife with pets. Imagine you waking up your tiny home on wheels, looking o…

thetford porta potti 335
Choosing a portable toilet for your van

It’s truly got to be one of the most asked questions we get asked by people when they find out we li…

About us.

Hello! We are Larissa and Charlie, and our two little ones. In 2019-20 we designed, built and travelled in a van full time.

With as much research as we did when planning our adventure, we still encountered plenty of swings and roundabouts (not to mention dead ends) on the road! We decided to put Build Your Dream Van (BYDV) together in order to be able to help others who are about to embark on their own vanlife adventure.

We’re not gonna say it’s easy, but it is most definitely worth it.

The three of us at the beginning of our van build adventure.