As lockdown measures continue to ease, it’s more than likely that people will be favouring holidays and trips within the UK during the summer. A camper van is an obvious way of travelling the country – but they can be expensive to buy new or used.
Another option is to convert an existing van. This can save money – whether you do it yourself or have help from a professional – and there are a wealth of used vans available today, giving you a solid base on where to start. Let’s take a look at some of the best. Oh, and remember that Motors.co.uk has an integrated van search tool – so check it out here and get looking for your next camper conversion!
The Volkswagen Transporter is one of the best-known vans for camper conversion. It’s great to drive, easy to maintain and – no matter which generation you go for – good looking too. They’re available in a variety of different lengths and variations which means there should be something for everyone.
Check for good levels of maintenance and servicing to ensure that from day one you’ll be a happy camper! Check out some of the Volkswagen Transporter models available on Motors.co.uk here.
As one of the UK’s most popular vehicles, the Ford Transit is a go-to van for camper conversion. Hugely varied in terms of load lengths and roof heights, they’re an ideal starting point for conversion.
Check for rust on older models – particularly around the wheelarches and underneath the sills – but find a clean example and the Transit should be an excellent travelling companion. Have a browse through some of the Ford Transits on the Motors.co.uk site here.
Renault’s Trafic is a smart-looking van with plenty of conversion potential. It certainly stands out from the panel van crowd thanks to unique styling. However, that’s backed up by plenty of space and plenty of customisation potential.
Fitted with reliable engines, the Trafic range might not have the badge prestige or history of others here, but it’s a van well worth considering. Take a look at some of the Renault Trafic models on Motors.co.uk today.
Want a van with a little bit of badge appeal to convert? The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will likely fit the bill, then. Bearing that recognisable three-pronged star, the Sprinter offers loads of space and a variety of different load sizes and lengths.
A range of excellent turbodiesel engines accompanies the Sprinter, which gives you reliable powertrain to kick-start your conversion. There are plenty of Mercedes Sprinter models to browse through on the Motors.co.uk site here.
The Fiat Ducato provides the underpinnings for many full-blown motorhomes, which just goes to show how solid and reliable it is to work on and convert. Used examples also represent excellent value for money, saving you a bit of cash, to begin with.
As always, keep a close eye of service books and the amount of maintenance it has had. If serviced regularly, the Ducato should provide few headaches over the years. Check out the Fiat Ducato models available on the Motors.co.uk website here.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
July 1, 2020