Kitevanman’s Build Your Own Home on Wheels

(58 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 Sprinter van conversion! 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 an ebook answering all that and more 🙂

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

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!

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

  1. Tim

    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. Phillip Wilkinson (verified owner)

    Amazing read and great information!

  3. Ben Jago (verified owner)

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

  4. Graham England (verified owner)

  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 (store manager)

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

  6. John (verified owner)

  7. norman underwood (verified owner)

    really awesome thank you

  8. Steve Flanagan (verified owner)

    Wicked little ebook – along with videos so good👍🏼

  9. 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. Olivier (verified owner)

  11. Anonymous (verified owner)

  12. thijs laseur (verified owner)

  13. Frank J. (verified owner)

  14. 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. 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. Ed M. (verified owner)

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

  17. 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. Tobias Rolle (verified owner)

    Könnte mehr Details drin stehen
    (Maße, Kosten)

    • 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?

  19. Steve Waland (verified owner)

  20. 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. 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. Nel Ferreiro Gómez (verified owner)

  23. Brian G. (verified owner)

  24. Anonymous (verified owner)

  25. Chloé S. (verified owner)

  26. 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 (store manager)

      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. ANESTIS GIANNOUDOVARDIS (verified owner)

  28. 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 (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

  29. KiteVanMan (store manager)

    Hi Richard,
    The download link is presented after checkout and also sent in an email. If you could check your junk mail and then message me if it’s not there and I will resend the link for you.

  30. KiteVanMan (store manager)

    Hi Richard, have you checked your junk mail? If you pm me with your email address and I can resend you the download link

  31. Richard P. (verified owner)

    over a month has gone by and still no sign of my book, total rip off anyone thinking about ordering, then the only advice I can giv is stay clear

    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Hi Richard, if you have had an issue receiving your ebook then please contact me and I will fix any problems for you. I don’t think leaving a 1 star review because of an issue I am unaware of is fair.

  32. ROBERT (verified owner)

    Brilliantly helpful publication and easy to download. Ta!

  33. Roberta M. (verified owner)

    A wonderful guide which is nicely written, detailed and full of useful information if you’re about to start a van project. Thumbs up!

  34. Thomas G. (verified owner)

    Very helpful!
    Finally planning my van conversion with your help thankyou!! 🙂

  35. Annette (verified owner)

    great help!

  36. Sarah S. (verified owner)

    There is so much useful information in this book

  37. Yves u. (verified owner)

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

  38. Barry (verified owner)

    Lots of useful detail. Some of the diagrams useful.

  39. Cassell Johnson (verified owner)

    A good guide thanks very much

  40. made my day

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  41. Mike L. (verified owner)

    Good info and detail .

  42. Andrew Pattern (verified owner)

  43. 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

  44. Anonymous (verified owner)

  45. John (verified owner)

    Your purchase system is great

  46. Sean Greaves (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed the book, some links to materials need updating but found the book very useful and the youtube channel as well

  47. Aidan Mccormick (verified owner)

    I never recived my book it has been 6 months actualy really upset bh this 😔

    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Hi Aidan, I have resent your download link. Sorry for any inconvenience

  48. Annette L. (verified owner)

    Very helpful service and a good product

    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Thanks Annette 🙂 🙂

  49. Paul B. (verified owner)

    A great purchase for anyone building a campervan.

  50. scott marshall (verified owner)

    not received book yet,can’t wait

    • KiteVanMan (store manager)

      Hi Scott,
      If you have had issues receiving the ebook then an email to me would have been appropriate.
      I have just resent you the download link.

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