Camper van must-have

Camper van must-have

As with motorhomes, a converted camper van depends on how you plan to use it. Are you only going to use the van to go camping, or do you want to use the van specifically for off-site camping? What is the must-have in every camper van?

Whether you want to go camping or not, you need to sort out the following basic things.

Every converted van needs the following 3 things:

  • insulation
  • ventilation
  • a comfortable bed.

Do you even need insulation?

You’ll need insulation in the summer for warmth, in the winter to keep the heat in and also to soundproof it when you’re driving or sleeping.

Ideally, insulation should be stuck to the floor, ceiling and walls of the van. The windows in motorhomes are double glazed, so they don’t need insulation. If the van has been converted, it is a good idea to buy or sew insulating screens on the side windows.

What kind of ventilation should I put in the van?

Skylights are most commonly fitted to a van, ideally with a fan. This will allow the van to air out from the heat or while cooking. Adequate ventilation will prevent condensation on the walls or glass of the van. Proper ventilation is a must-have for a camper van conversion.

It is also ideal to have opening side windows on the van. I have often come across the opinion against any windows. However, I personally can’t imagine spending time in a dark hot box. We have windows on all sides in the van and I quite like looking out through them. If I don’t want to be seen inside in the evening, I black them out.

Comfortable bed is a must-have for every camper van

The bed should be long enough and comfortable. In campervans there are so-called rock-n-roll beds, which consist of seats. The mattresses are not always comfortable enough, so it’s a good idea to throw in a thin 5cm topper.

The width of the bed in the VW California is 110cm, length 200cm. Most commercial vans on Ducato chassis sleep the width of the van. Therefore the bed length is 190-195cm maximum, the width is usually from 130 to 150cm.

In conclusion, outfitting a camper van requires thoughtful consideration of essential features to ensure comfort, convenience, and safety during your travels. Key must-haves for any camper van include effective insulation, proper ventilation, and a comfortable bed. Insulation is crucial for maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the van, regardless of the weather outside, and also serves as a soundproofing measure. Ventilation, often achieved through skylights with fans, is important for air circulation, reducing condensation, and maintaining a fresh environment, especially when cooking inside the van. Lastly, a comfortable bed is non-negotiable for restful sleep. While some vans come with built-in beds, others may require additional mattress toppers for extra comfort. Overall, these elements are fundamental for any camper van, ensuring that your adventures on the road are as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

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