So after what seems an eternity searching for a van, I finally I have my hands on my new self build camper project: a 2008 Vauxhall Movano medium wheelbase hi-top. In this blog post and video I will give you a little introduction to the van which is to become a hive of activity over the coming weeks and months.

I was looking for a particular kind of van. Firstly, it needed to be a high top, as I wanted to be able to stand in the back of it. I didn't really want a long wheelbase, as I didn't want the hassle of driving a really long van in the lanes of Devon and Cornwall - but I didn't want a short wheelbase, as there wouldn't be enough room. So ideally I was looking for a medium wheelbase high top van.

I spent over 2 months looking for a new van. Nothing I found was exactly right for what I needed. All the camper conversions were very high mileage, and crazy prices too - just because it had a self built conversion in the back.

So I started to resign myself to looking for empty vans, and doing the conversion myself. This way I can get exactly what I need in the back of the van. In the middle of February 2016, a van popped up locally on Gumtree, so went to had a look. It was pretty much what I was looking for, and put down a deposit straight away - and here it is:

And here are the van specs:

  • Vauxhall Movano MWB Hi-Top
  • 2.5 CDTI diesel engine
  • 93,000 miles
  • Full service history
  • 6 Speed Gearbox
  • Internal load length: 3.2 metres (approx)
  • Internal load width: 1.8 metres (approx)

The van is completely bare on the inside, and it came with ply lining on the walls and floor. So I have a blank canvas on which to build my campervan interior, but its going to be a lot of hard work over the coming weeks and months.

I am going to be doing the conversion on a budget, and I am hoping to use reclaimed materials whenever I can. I have an idea of how I want it to look inside, but lets see if it turns out that way! 🙂

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  • Hi Matt,
    Love the videos and they are a great help. Trying to undertake a project like this myself now. I’m wondering how much did you budget for the build? Then how much you actually spent on the finished product (just materials not labour)? and not including the £3800 you payed for the van itself.
    Thanks 🙂

    • To begin with I had a budget of about £1500. Most expensive items was the pine tongue and groove panels, (£250), Smev hob/sink and ancillaries (£280) and the side window (£280). I have since added 2 rear windows which were an additional £250 each – so total build is approx £2000.

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