Kitevanman’s Build Your Own Home on Wheels

Rated 4.82 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)


How I Built an Off-Grid Machine With No Prior Experience

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I jumped in at the deep end and built my dream! 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 🙂

  • 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!


28 reviews for Kitevanman’s Build Your Own Home on Wheels

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    So much detail and the calculators saved me and my girlfriend a lot of time! The book also saved us loads of time finding products and materials. Thanks KiteVanMan!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phillip Wilkinson (verified owner)

    Amazing read and great information!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Jago (verified owner)

    Very helpful and interesting read. Very helpful customer service. 😉

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Graham England (verified owner)

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick Kristiansen (verified owner)

    Hi Alex, I absolutely loved reading your book! It was so helpful, really useful and just the right guidance we need for when we start building our own van.

    I did receive an email about a new update to the book but there was no link to download it, so if you could maybe kindly send another email with a download link to the new version of the book, it would be much appreciated!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make such an awesome book and really helping a lot of people fulfil their dreams. I know I just can’t wait to start traveling Europe in our van, so hopefully we can start building soon this summer and I will definitely keep in touch with how it goes.

    Kind regards
    Patrick Kristiansen

    • KiteVanMan (verified owner)

      Thanks so much for the great review! I will email you the link for my new eBook version 🙂

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    norman underwood (verified owner)

    really awesome thank you

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Flanagan (verified owner)

    Wicked little ebook – along with videos so good👍🏼

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simon M. (verified owner)

    Excellent book. A really easy to follow guide to building your own off grid van. A long awaited purchase for me.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Olivier (verified owner)

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    thijs laseur (verified owner)

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank J. (verified owner)

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    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!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    geoffroy d’Ambrieres (verified owner)

    many technical details and many toughts shared. makes you think!) great book for anyone who has a van project, i recommand it, really worth it:)

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ed M. (verified owner)

    Excellent value for the price… gives a lot of details I had never thought about, well done “guys”

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

    The layout is very well thought out. With a vertical full height bicycle (etc.) storage and a horizontal under the bed garage. The vent and vent with ventilator. And the unique shower design. The mistakes that the builder made are not covered up but highlighted. So that you don’t make them. Also do make sure to read the The Slow Killers and Toxins sections. Hardly anyone thinks about that, but it’s extremely important!

  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tobias Rolle (verified owner)

    Könnte mehr Details drin stehen
    (Maße, Kosten)

    • KiteVanMan (verified owner)

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

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Waland (verified owner)

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob Aitkenhead (verified owner)

    The book answers some of the questions that I had after watching the build video of Joyce like the final weight. Lots of good information and advice… starting to look for my van now 🙂

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    CRAIG BELL (verified owner)

    really good content – including what he would do differently if starting again from scratch. Well worth a read before starting a van conversion.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nel Ferreiro Gómez (verified owner)

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian G. (verified owner)

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chloé S. (verified owner)

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dermot (verified owner)

    Great ebook, great links to products, saved me loads of time having to troll through endless websites, reviews etc then trust I’ve made the right choice!
    Love your honesty around what you should have done in hindsight 🙂
    Keep up the good work, best of luck with your travels. Stay safe.

    • KiteVanMan (verified owner)

      Thanks Dermot 🙂
      Please do tag me in any photos of your build, we love to see how you guys use and adapt the info from the book 👍🏼

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    ANESTIS GIANNOUDOVARDIS (verified owner)

  28. Rated 4 out of 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

    • KiteVanMan (verified owner)

      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

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