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Step-by-step manual to converting a Transporter Van to a Camper.
Incredibly detailed, step-by-step instructions and over 800 colour illustrations.
Choosing the best van for your needs and preparing it.
Guide to planning the layout and choosing fittings.
Hot to fit a high-top, step-by-step.
How to fit an elevating roof, step-by-step.
How to cut panels and fit side windows.
Building and fitting-out the interior furniture.
Planning and fitting gas, water and electric components - with Safety notes.
Produced with conversion kit manufacturers and VW-approved converters, Leisuredrive.
Have a great time converting your VW van to a Camper - and save a fortune! With 800 colour illustrations, this manual guides you every step of the way.
Convert your own VW panel van to a Camper, and you've got the best of all worlds, as Lindsay porter's manual shows.
There are still plenty of rear-engine VW vans (1980-on) and front-engine vans (1991-on) to choose from. They're cheap to buy, great to own and you'll save a fortune compared with the cost of buying a ready-converted Camper.
Follow the detailed, highly illustrated instructions in this manual and you can't go wrong! Over 800 illustrations show you how to chose the right panel van for your needs, how to fit the roof, the windows and furniture, plus step-by-step guides to fitting cookers, water supply, wash-stands, heaters and more.
Review by Louis Ludewig for Wheelspin, Summer 2008
As some of you may know we brought a T4 panel van to convert into a camper which was hard work not knowing what would work. If only I had this book before I started.
If anyone is thinking of converting a T25/T4/T5 van themselves then this is a must-have book, 'How to Convert Volkswagen Bus or Van to Camper'. It's a bit like a Haynes manual with step-by-step descriptions and pictures. It's a must-have in my opinion.
It covers all aspects from start to finish on every detail you might need. Starting by giving you advice on what to buy and what to look out for. Then step-by-step details starting with the exterior of the van, including removal of a bulk head, cutting the windows in, even doing a roof conversion. Followed by interior work like installing seat belts and ply lining. It shows different layouts, how to build the units and installing a rock-and-roll bed.
Also covered are fitting of services eg. electric hook up, gas connections and water for the sink. Even how to fit blinds to the windows.
For me chapter 6 is the most interesting, showing how to fit all the extras, including parking sensors for the ladies; a tow bar; the electrics; dash trim and basic stuff like applying any decals make your van stand out. Also important information about choosing alloy wheels and the correct load rated tyres. I also like the details on colour coding bumpers, mirrors and window tinting as this can be expensive. There's even a section on installing heated seats and a webasto diesel heater for those cold nights away.
If only I had this info when I did mine, it would have saved me a lot of time thinking, headscratching, swearing and better still, money.
If you want to convert a T5, at £34.99 (before Club discount), it would be money well spent. I give this book 10/10. Published by Veloce Books. Just need a T5 now to put it into practice.