Even though you don’t see many around on the road, box truck camper conversions make for the ideal RV for the van lifer on a budget.
Box trucks are cheap and easy to obtain, as they are used by professionals, such a plumbers and movers, and you can even buy retired service vehicles, like ambulances, at your local town office.
Thanks to their rectangular shape, box trucks are also highly customizable, leaving you plenty of freedom for the floor plan design.
Many box trucks feature enough headroom to stand up and some are four-wheel drive, which is always a plus. To keep your conversion costs to a minimum, you could do it all, or in part, DIY.
Alternatively, you can use a conversion company, such as Contravans, to cut down on the work you need to do.
With a box van conversion, you decide exactly how far you want to take the build: will you need a wet bath in your box truck conversion interior? Are lithium batteries essential to your van adventures?
No need to commit to a specific number of options for your box van camper – you can make an initial gear choice and then add things on as you feel the need for them.
While box vans may not look especially attractive in their pure form, a box van conversion can really transform them into a fantastic tiny house on the road.
Need some evidence? Check out these jaw-dropping box truck camper conversions.
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Tegan’s Modern Rustic Box Truck Camper Conversion ‘Marcel’
When you enter Tegan’s 92 GMC Vandura, you will feel the hygge-filled design’s warm hug all around you. The whole box truck conversion interior is lined with wooden panels, giving the interior a rustic, scandi feel.
The floor plan includes a couch bed and a kitchenette with an oven, hob, sink and cooler.
To aid ventilation, already provided by a hatch in the roof, there is a small window by the hob. This allows Tegan to cook while admiring the wild landscapes she travels to.
There are also some clever features on board, such as the slide-out table and the ceiling jar rack.
There is even a window at the rear of the box van camper, from which Tegan can look outside while chilling on her couch bed.
The access door is super cute and matches perfectly the surrounding walls.
While there may not be a ton of space inside Marcel, Tegan managed to fit decent cabinets and shelves around the box van conversion, so she can store her gear and food for longer trips.
Tegan found Marcel on Craiglist after months of searching.
She did all the build DIY, with a little help from friends. She wanted to learn how to do it all by herself.
After all her hard work, she and Marcel set off on new exciting adventures around the USA. You’ll find them anywhere with good mountain biking trails, wild swimming spots, deserts and mountains.
Check out Tegan’s Instagram account, Stormynorma, to keep up to date with her outdoorsy adventures and to see more of Marcel.
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Jem’s Adventure Box Van Camper
Jamie, Eric and Mayla the cat have refitted a Ford E350 box truck to travel the world together. The van used to be employed for a gutter and exterior business, but they snapped it up to make it into a home on wheels.
Their box truck conversion interior design looks luxurious, thanks to their choice of components – they are all borrowed from home furnishing.
The galley of this box van conversion looks like a regular home kitchen with a gas hob and oven, sleek surfaces and hidden-away fridges. The ceiling is simply stunning with its wooden slats.
Jamie and Eric even managed to squeeze a composting toilet in a separate mini room, so they can camp in the wild without a problem.
The door that separates the cab from the living space matches the wall panels around it and the couches turn into a double bed.
The rugs and paintings add the final touch, making this van a true home away from home.
There are four big solar panels on the roof to provide the couple and their furry child with enough power to stay gone for long periods of time.
We are so impressed with this box truck camper conversion. If you want to find out more and look at more pictures, have a peek at Jem’s Adventure Box Instagram profile.
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Need help building out your DIY campervan?
Then you’ll want to check out the Sprinter RV Conversion Sourcebook, a step-by-step guide to building out a campervan.
Don’t let the name fool you – this book works on any DIY van build.
Take a peek inside:
This amazing 378-page ebook has everything you need to know about converting any van into a camper. It doesn’t just apply to Sprinters!
- Learn about the six major interior design considerations that lead to 13 secondary features in your design
- An RV plumbing chapter on pipes, fittings, tanks, pumps, water heaters, toilets, you name it
- Advice on choosing solar panels
- How to install blackwater, greywater and freshwater tanks in a campervan
- Fifty pages of information on designing an electrical system and wiring your campervan conversion
Luke And Sarah’s Box Truck Camper Conversion
Luke and Sarah opted for the DIY box van conversion route, too. And what a tiny home they have built for themselves and their pooch!
Thanks to their clever use of space and the roomy interior offered by their 14ft Ford E350 from ’94, they have been able to fit both a permanent bed and couch.
Shall we even mention the flat screen TV by the bed? Next to the bed, there’s a small cubicle with a composting toilet and a shower.
Their kitchen of their box van camper has plenty of surface space and storage, as well as a regular hob, oven and refrigerator. The cabinets on the opposite side of the vehicle, where the couch is, match those of the kitchen.
Want to find out more about this box truck camper conversion? Have a look at Luke and Sarah’s Instagram account – Escaping The Midwest.
Betsy The Box Truck Camper Conversion
Betsy is possibly one of the cutest box trucks we could find – her exterior looks so charmingly retro, it’s hard not to turn around when you see her on the road.
The cab interior, with the leather and wooden details is simply stunning.
On the roof of the vehicle, there is a lovely sundeck made of wooden slats. The ladder that leads up to it looks solid and sleek, making a solarium session seem easy to organize.
In the back of the van, the living space design is practical and modern.
The kitchen sink is huge and features a stunning industrial style tap. The regular oven and camper stove also doubles as surface space, thanks to the glass cover on top.
On the left hand side of the box van conversion, there is a decent size couch, big enough to have a nap on. The foam is thick and comfortable, so it will last a good amount of time.
The bed is right at the front of the vehicle. It’s a platform bed with storage space underneath. There is also a toilet (a Nature’s Head) and a shower in a separate cubicle. There is an outdoor shower stuffed away.
The lighting by the bed is incredibly clever, as it creates a lovely mood for reading, watching TV or Netflix, and relaxing. On the roof, there are 400W of solar power, which feed into the 400aH of batteries and a 2000W inverter.
Nick, the owner, has refitted Betsy, a Ford E-350 Boxtruck, all alone in Michigan. He is now travelling around the USA, looking for the perfect mid-sized city to settle down in, with his partner and puppy.
If you’d like to find out more about this box truck camper conversion or Nick’s travels, check out Betsy The Box Truck’s Instagram account.
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Contravans Box Truck Tiny Home Conversions
If you’d rather let a professional handle your box truck conversion interior, Contravans, based in Colorado, offer great conversion packages based around your needs.
A typical conversion includes a platform bed with a memory foam mattress, a kitchen area (excluding a hob or oven), walls and ceiling with insulation, LED interior lighting, and lots of storage.
Additionally, each conversion comes with an auxiliary electrical system with batteries, solar panels, an inverter, and USB charging stations.
Going down the professional conversion path will save you a lot of time, research and work on your box truck camper conversions.
All you have to do is get in touch with the company, discuss your needs, agree on a floor plan, take your box truck camper over, and drive it to their HQ. Within a few weeks, you will be able to pick up your brand new conversion.
If you’d like to find out more about Contravans’ box van camper conversions, check out their website here.
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Eric’s Ultimate DIY Budget Stealth Box Truck Conversion
If you’re on a tight budget, Eric’s story will inspire you. He bought this box truck for only $1,500 and refitted it DIY. The result is incredible.
The truck still looks like a working van on the outside, to keep it extra stealth, but the interior turns it into a colorful, gipsy-style camper.
At the rear of the van, there are two couch benches, which turn into a small double bed. For eating, Eric carries a foldable table that he can use both inside and outside.
At the back of the left couch, there is a big flat screen TV.
Next to the couch, there’s a decent size galley with a regular sink, a fridge, a cooler, and a portable gas hob.
In front of the kitchenette, there’s a toilet cubicle with a composting toilet and space to shower.
Eric takes a portable shower with him on the road so he can have indoor and outdoor showers alike.
He also has plenty of storage spaces, such as cabinets and drawers.
Conclusion On Box Truck Camper Conversions
In conclusion, while box trucks don’t look extra cute to begin with, as you can see, you can totally transform them into a cozy home on wheels.
Meaning if you are considering a box truck for an RV conversion, there’s plenty of inspiration out there, which will help you shape one into the tiny house of your dreams.
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I spent my childhood holidays exploring Europe on my parents’ motorhome. Now, I live, work and travel on a sailboat with my husband Ryan. If you like, you can follow us on our YouTube channel, where we’re documenting refitting and cruising on our Tayana 37.