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Converting Your VW Van Into A Campervan

Added: 20 May 2021

When you own a VW van, you might be tempted every now and then to convert it into a campervan and there is no denying that this can be a brilliant idea. Exploring the UK and even further afield in a campervan can be great fun and once the conversion is complete, you will essentially have your own boutique hotel on wheels. However, understandably, the thought of actually going ahead with a conversion can be quite daunting as it is often quite a lot of work. 

Thankfully, there are specialist camper van conversion companies that can assist you when you’re wanting to convert your VW these days and you don’t actually have to do any of the work yourself if you don’t want to. These companies tend to offer a few different conversion options and you can decide which you’d like when transforming your van into a camper. If you’re wondering what options are available to you in this regard, below we have looked into some of the different ways you can convert your VW into a camper van. 

Bed conversions 

Of course, when converting your VW into a camper, you will need a bed, however, you have the option between a fixed or a versatile bed. When you choose a fixed bed, you won’t be able to use the rear seats in your van, whereas when you have a versatile bed, like a Kombi bed, you can have a full-width rear sleeping area and still be able to carry passengers. 

Elevating roofs 

Some people will choose to add a roof conversion to their van too and you might hear these referred to as ‘pop tops’. Adding an elevating roof will give you extra sleeping space for two more people and it will also create much more standing space in the camper too. Something like a Reimo roof can make a VW campervan much more comfortable for even the tallest people.

Fitted cabinets 

When wanting to have a fully functional living and kitchen space in their campervan, many will get cabinets fitted into their VW van too. These are incredibly flexible and can be installed in a way that is convenient for you. Often, you can have as few or as many cabinets as you require for storage or that can be fitted into the confined space that you have. 

Flooring, lining and insulation 

It isn’t uncommon for people who are completely converting their VW van to add flooring, lining and insulation too, and this part of the conversion will change the look and feel of the inside of your van. As far as flooring is concerned, there is a wide range of options available, from carpet to vinyl, and you can choose which you think would be most suitable for your camper van.


Window conversions 

Often, when undertaking a camper van conversion, people will also look into window conversions and there are fixed and sliding options available. Not only can installing side or rear windows improve the look of your VW van, but they can also bring more light into your new converted living space too. Of course, they can be useful for ventilation as well. 

Awning rails 

Whilst this isn’t technically a conversion, it is an added extra that many choose to have installed when converting their van. Installing awning rails onto the outside of your VW will allow you to use a drive away awning if you want to. You can also have things like roof carrying systems and bike racks installed during the conversion if you think that you’d make use of them.

Finding a camper van conversion company 

All in all, it is fair to say that there are numerous benefits to converting your VW van into a campervan and if you’re interested in doing so, there are lots of different ways you can completely transform this vehicle. It is worthwhile looking into the conversion options mentioned above in more detail and if you decide to go ahead with the camper conversion, you can then choose which changes you’d like to make and which you’re happy to go without. 

If you’re searching for an experienced campervan conversion company that can help you with your VW van conversion, be sure to contact us here at Wessex Vans. We are the go-to specialist for camper van conversions and we will gladly help you convert your VW into a bespoke camper that meets all of your individual needs. No matter how many of the conversion options above you’re interested in, our specialist team of technicians will be able to help and you can trust that your van will be in the best hands when you turn to us. If you have any questions at all regarding camper conversions, feel free to get in touch today. 

Why Choose Wessex

At Wessex all our conversions are carried out to the highest standards by qualified technicians in a secure fully insured unit. Electrical & gas work comes with safety certification.


Over the years we have listened to our customers needs and developed many of our conversions around their requests. We are passionate about making sure our customers leave us with the vehicle of their dreams rather than compromising as we appreciate how much of a commitment and lifestyle choice it is.

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