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Van Conversion Guide

Book_CoverHave you ever imagined travelling the coasts, mountains and open roads while enjoying the luxury of having everything you need to live, enjoy yourself and earn money come along with you?

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I have had this dream for as long as I can remember, I would fantasise about it even when just on an average road trip, pretending that I would be driving for months!

It wasn’t until recently that I realised this dream was much easier to materialise than I had ever thought. What was it that made it so accessible? Self-build motorhomes and remote work!

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Thanks to YouTube and particularly Nate Murphy my eyes were opened to the possibility of not needing a huge amount of money to make this happen!

So I did it, I jumped in at the deep end and built my dream!

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Ever since then, I have had an overwhelming amount of people contacting me and asking how I did certain things, where I got parts from, how long it took, the costs involved and where I learnt the skills. I tried to answer everyone, but it was getting impossible to keep up!

So I wrote a book answering all that and more 🙂

It’s made up of:

  • 215 Pages!
  • All Required Diagrams
  • 300 High-quality images
  • 250 Product Links (US, UK & Europe) 
  • 5 Calculators 

Not skilled or knowledgeable enough to build your own van? There are lots of skills required and some of the knowledge is essential for your success and safety! Fear not, I will show you all the steps I took in building my own van along with where to get the products and how to avoid costly mistakes. 

You will have full access to everything I did to achieve my dream!

What you will gain from this guide: 

  • Ideas and options for sourcing the funds 
  • Everything you should cover when buying your van, from choosing the right type to fault finding on test drives 
  • Design decisions and considerations powered by what we have experienced ourselves  
  • Planning the project to save time and money 
  • How we built everything and some nifty tools that will make your build life a breeze! 
  • I provide the diagrams that I used for wiring, gas and water
  • How to fit windows
  • How to fit and configure solar panels
  • The magic behind our shower design
  • Your heating options
  • How we insulated and what we used (we have been in +40°C and -20°C it performs well!)
  • Battery talk, options, REAL costs and efficiency
  • Best venting options for hot climates and condensation/damp management
  • All our costs broken down and detailed
  • All components we used with costs and links to buy (US & UK) + others you should consider
  • Admin such as V5 modification & insurance – it is hard to find insurance that will cover you for the full year out of the UK, I give you 2 companies that will!
  • Calculators to work out your required battery size, solar array and more!
  • Weight reduction techniques
  • We have been living in a van in all conditions for almost a year now, so we have discovered first hand what works and what doesn’t! Of course, I share this with you to ensure you make the best choices when building your home on wheels!

Why build your own home on wheels?

If you are already on this page then I think you already know why this is a great idea…

But just incase

  1. FREEDOM! Yes, that thing we all crave so much, that thing that we work towards every day by going to our jobs to build our pension for the freedom of retirement… at 65… errr what? This lifestyle gives you that freedom now! Freedom to travel, freedom play, freedom to work (on your terms), freedom to sleep in the day and freedom to think! I feel I should have painted my face blue for this bit…  monetary-freedom
  2. Living costs – the cost of living the “normal” life has got to a level that spoils the fun! The cost of living in a van is a very small slice of that, which just means you don’t have to work as much and have more disposable income win/win 🙂
  3. Community & Friendship – the #vanlife community is the most welcoming, friendly and helping I have ever witnessed, you never face a problem alone. There are some incredibly interesting people out here that you will meet and we have made some great life long friends.
  4. Career – I know what you’re thinking, but this is actually the first time in my life that I have had the time and mindset (no stress) to be able to work towards exactly what I want to achieve in my “professional” career.
  5. Last, but not least – YOLO, so fcuk it

 

Whats in the book? 

Contents 
Introduction
The Money
– Saving
– Credit Cards/Loans
– Buy, Build & Sell
– Film The Process
Buying Your Van
– Choosing
– Due Diligence
– Before Viewing
– Test Drive
– Vehicle Valuation
– Negotiation
Design and Planning
– Main Design
– Electrical Design
– Components
Solar System Design
Water Plan
Components
Gas Plan
Other Components
Prerequisites
Stripping
– To Bulkhead or Not to Bulkhead?
– Seats
Windows
Awning
Vents & Extraction Fan
Solar Panel Fitting
Water Tanks
Diesel Heater
Water Heater
Electrical Wires
Water Pipes
Gas Cupboard & Pipes
Insulation
Floor
Ceiling
Swivel Seats
Storage
Bed Frame
Shower
Kitchen
Rear Shower
Removable Table
Aesthetics
Safety
– Gas
– Carbon Monoxide (CO)
– The Slow Killers
Admin
– V5 (Logbook)
– Insurance
– MOT & TAX
Sound system
Tools list – links UK & US
Consumables

 

My Guarantee

If in the first 30days of purchasing my ebook you dont find the value you are looking for or just feel it was not worth the money then I will fully refund you, no questions asked.

10% of sales will go to the homeless, I don’t have a specific charity selected yet so I am open to suggestions if you know of any good ones? I may not even do it through a charity actually… 

Merci 🙂

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  1. Anthony (verified owner)

    Hi Alex & Marcela! I’m glad to see such project of turning a van into a motorhome like yours. Your project is certainly one of the best among your competitors! I am happy to buy your e-book about building a motorhome. But the only fail I found in your book: on the pp. 79-80 some pictures are absent. They’re about installing water level gauge. Could you fix the absence and send me fixed version of your e-book? Write me on my e-mail and I tell you my download ID

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  2. Barry (verified owner)

    Lots of useful detail. Some of the diagrams useful.

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  3. Yves u. (verified owner)

    I would like to comment that the ordered book is not yet arrived.. Looking forward to receive it..

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  4. Leffert (verified owner)

    The book is great and clear the 3D needs some more time to study but looks good also nice work.

    Your Home on Wheels Guide + Scale Design BUNDLE!Your Home on Wheels Guide + Scale Design BUNDLE!

  5. Matt Flowers (verified owner)

    Hiya guys, really like the guide and finding it MASSIVELY useful. Only comment would be the text and most images are very blurred once you get past page 10. I am struggling to read a lot of the text and some diagrams like the electrical design is impossible to see. Not sure if it is my iPad or phone…. cheers though

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    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Hi Matt, I would say the file must not be downloaded fully. There have been no other reports of this and it’s all good on this side.
      Maybe you can re-download and let me know if it’s any better? Cheers, Alex

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

  7. Tobias Rolle (verified owner)

    Könnte mehr Details drin stehen
    (Maße, Kosten)

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    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Hi Tobias,
      Thanks for the review!
      Which dimensions and costs is it that you feel are missing and I will have them included?

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    No tapering to the top of the van walls. Still good starting point.

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  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The Sketchup wire-model was a bit ‘thin’ (e.g. no tapering to the top of the van walls).

    Your Home on Wheels Guide + Scale Design BUNDLE!Your Home on Wheels Guide + Scale Design BUNDLE!

  10. Neil (verified owner)

    A good place to start any project. And if you have questions you can ask them, which is very helpful if you have a problems!

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5 Comments on “Van Conversion Guide

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  2. Great idea and great price.. Thank u both for doing this.. Would definitely purchase!

  3. Thanks guys ,Just purchased a copy , cant wait to take your experience on board and make my own van.

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