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DIY Camper Van Conversion Kits: Our Wish List

Now that we’ve spent two years living in our campervan conversion, we’ve had plenty of time to figure out what we’d want in an ultimate (but still realistic) build.

We like to think that for our style of living, the following list is the ultimate, comprehensive DIY campervan conversion kit. We’ve picked our favorite items to build an adventure campervan. This covers more than just the van life essentials and goes into the realm of luxury.

The best DIY campervan conversion kits for van life
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The Ultimate Van To Camper Conversion Kit

Electricity

These are the main components we would include in our solar panel setup kit. 400W of solar would be the perfect amount for us to power a 12V refrigerator, vent fan, cell signal booster and our laptops and phones. To wire it all up, we would follow this 450W solar panel wiring guide.

We’ve also included some extras like a B2B charger, tilt mounts for the solar and luxury lighting.

400W SOLAR KIT
WindyNation 400W Solar Panel Kit
  • 100W (x4) Polycrystalline Panels
  • 30A PWM Charge Controller
  • 20ft. Solar cable, MC4 connectors, mounting brackets
  • Optional battery add-on
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TOP CHOICE
novopal 1000W Pure Sign Power Inverter
  • 1000W pure sign inverter
  • Peak surge of 2000W
  • Digital display that indicates battery capacity, output voltage and DC indicator
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Battle Born 12V, 100Ah LiFePO4
  • LiFePO4 Chemistry
  • 100A continuous output, 200A surge output
  • 10 year warranty
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TOP CHOICE
Victron
  • Bluetooth communication
  • Easy to install and program
  • Voltage, current, amp-hours consumed
  • State of charge, power consumption (Watts)
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Sterling BB1260
  • Fast Charge
  • Multi stage fan cooling
  • Night Time Setting
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RECESSED LIGHTS
Acegoo
  • 50,000-hour lifespan
  • 12 volts
  • 240 lumens
  • Cool and warm light
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Heating And Cooling

A vent fan is essential for keeping cool in the summer and avoiding condensation in the winter. The Maxxfan is the best on the market when it comes to vent fans, and we would follow this guide to install the fan.

On the flip side, a Mr. Buddy propane heater or a Webasto diesel heater (if you’ve got a diesel vehicle) will keep you comfortable all winter even in the coldest of temperatures.

Top Choice
MaxxFan 07500K

Our top-choice vent fan for a camper van or RV. It has a built-in rain cover, 10 speeds, and the lowest Amp draw on the market.

SMOKE GRAY WHITE
PROPANE
Propex
  • 3hrs. per 1lb fuel
  • Clean fuel
  • Less maintenance
  • Quiet
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BEST PROPANE HEATER
Mr. Heater Buddy
  • Multiple heat settings
  • Wire guard to prevent burns
  • Numerous safety features
  • Compact design
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Kitchen

In our dream DIY camper kitchen we would include all the bells and whistles. We would want a 12 volt dual-zone portable refrigerator for both cold and frozen foods. We would include an oven/stovetop combo, and cook on a cast-iron skillet.

A jetboil with coffee-press attachment is one of the most efficient ways to make coffee, and you can’t forget the spices for cooking!

TOP CHOICE
Dometic CFX75 Dual Zone
  • Fridge/freezer combo with separate temperature zones
  • Can pair it with the Dometic app
  • Get alerts when the lid is left open
  • Battery protection settings
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MOST POWERFUL
Camp Chef Deluxe
  • 3,000BTU Oven
  • 9,000BTU Burners
  • Compatible with 1lb or 20lb propane tank
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Bathroom and Plumbing

One thing I would love to have on board is a campervan bathroom. For us this would include a composting toilet, water heater for a shower, and 12V sink setup for the kitchen.

Follow these instructions to set up your campervan sink.

BEST COMPOSTING TOILET
Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle Design

Portable composting toilet with a close-quarters spider handle design. Eco-friendly, easy to install, minimizes odor, and allows you to travel weeks without emptying.

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TOP CHOICE
Camplux 5L
  • Lowest water pressure startup
  • Convenient set-up outdoors
  • Great for camping
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TOP CHOICE
Shurflo 4088

Reliable and long-lasting, the Shurflo 4088 pumps 3GPM at 55PSI and uses 7.5 amps.

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BEST LARGE WATER TANK
Barker Manufacturing Water Tank
  • 20 gallon tank
  • Best for camper vans and RVs
  • Water tank connections included
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Interior Extras

There are a few things we couldn’t live without in our campervan conversion. One of those is having reliable internet on the road! A cell-signal booster is a must-have if you need to work online.

A few nice-to-have items are the perfect van life mattress, swivel seats, a table, window mesh to keep the bugs out and some seat heaters for winter.

5-INCH
Linenspa
  • Memory foam
  • Gel infused
  • Narrow Twin - California King
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Best for Van Life
weBoost Drive 4G-X

Easy setup for camper vans and small RVs. Ideal for boosting cell phone signals. Can be mounted horizontally.

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Adventure And Accessories

Bugs weren’t something we had really considered when we hit the road. Luckily, we did have an awning + bug net attachment which turned out to be a lifesaver in the Midwest summers.

In addition to some entertainment items like a portable speaker which we use on the daily, a hammock, and some heavy-duty sliders to tow along the bikes there are a few safety necessities that can’t be missed.

Putting Together A Van To Camper Conversion Kit

Pulling off a camper van conversion is one of the most rewarding parts of vanlife. We recommend referring to our free build a van guide to help you put everything together. Here is just a sample of what our guide covers:

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Kate is the lead content creator for ParkedInParadise.com and has spent over two years living in a camper van conversion. She has traveled through 48 US states and writes about van life, camping and RV living.