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The lockdown measures which are currently widespread across the UK mean that campsites and caravan parks are closed while travelling further afield from your home is actively discouraged. However, as winter gives way to warmer weather, it’s hoped that lockdown measures will ease allowing us to enjoy a little break.

For 2021, many are predicting a bumper year when it comes to camping as motorists look to enjoy the great outdoors in the UK. It’s why now could be the ideal time to look into converting a van into a camper. With a good amount of space between now and summer, it’s the ideal opportunity to investigate this exciting area of motoring. Let’s take a look at some of the best vans for converting into a camper.

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!

Volkswagen Transporter


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.

Ford Transit


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 Trafic


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.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter


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.

Fiat Ducato


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.

Jack Evans

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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