|B U I L D - A - C A M P E R|
The problem I've encountered is not many van camper conversions are on the market and the really nice ones get snatched up real quick. It's definitely a seller's market out there. After looking at many vehicles (some too old, some too expensive, the rest having too many problems) and coming up empty, I've decided to strike out on my own and Build-A-Camper, similar to the principal behind the Build-A-Bear stores that have been popping up lately. But instead of using arms, legs and fuzzy ears as raw materials, I'll be struggling with wood, nails and camping equipment. My parents have graciously agreed to help me with this project (dad used to build houses and mom can stitch and sew most folks under the table) so with their help I'm hopeful we'll come up with a useful configuration that'll make life more comfortable for me whilst on the road.
So, without further delay, introducing the Monster ... er ... Adventure Garage Design & Build Crew.
On the left we have Richard "The Hammer" Drilling. As long as I can remember he was always making and fixing various things around the house when I was a kid (doing a good job at it as well). He's on-board as the crew's co-architect and general know-it-all regarding how to engineer something out of nothing. On the right we have Betty "The Needle" Drilling. She is a master with the sewing needle and has great know-how in the fine arts of fabric engineering. In the center we have Jeff "The Adventurer" Drilling. He's on the team as co-architect, primary financial contributor, and driver of the crew's final creation.
This webpage is dedicated to showing you how to Build-A-Camper. Mind you, the crew has never attempted such a thing, but in the end we hope to create something that's both functional and pleasing to the eye.... well.... okay, just functional. Only God knows what it's going to look like when we're done.
The process of converting a passenger van to a camper was both fun and educational. Taking a little more than three weeks of part-time work produced something that far exceeded my expectations. It's quite amazing what a little planning and imagination can do for you.