There are many reasons you may decide to choose a minivan camper conversion over a regular RV.
Not only could you save a lot of money on the upfront purchase of a minivan, but you’ll also save money because of the better fuel efficiency.
Add to that the superior maneuverability, a minivan can fit in any regular parking space, and you’re less likely to run into trouble when parked in areas where camping is not allowed.
A minivan can blend in with its surroundings and nobody expects that there are people camping in it. Stealth camping can give you a lot more freedom.
If you’re considering converting your minivan or buying one to convert, check out the examples below to give you inspiration for your own conversion.
If you’re no sure if a minivan is right for you, click here to read our guide on choosing the best van for a camper conversion.
1. Honda Odyssey Minivan Camper Conversion
This converted Honda Odyssey uses the entire rear of the vehicle for a large double bed. The bed is raised quite high which allows for a lot of storage underneath. If you’re considering such a setup yourself, be aware that you will not be able to sit up while in bed.
2. Chrysler Voyager Camper
This Chrysler camper conversion utilizes a rock and roll style bed, which can fold up into a bench seat. It also has a kitchen and storage cabinets along one side. This conversion is very much in the mould of the classic VW bus style. And is a conversion approach which is quite popular in the UK.
3. Transit Connect Camper Conversion
This high roof Ford Transit Connect camper conversion looks really comfortable and quite spacious for a minivan. It has a small kitchen and storage on one side, and a small single bunk bed on the other. The desk space at the front makes this setup perfect for singles who want to travel and work online or as freelance photographers.
4. Chrysler DIY Minivan Camper Conversion
This Chrysler Town & Country converted minivan uses the entire load area for a large double bed. Though this time they’ve left space to be able to sit up while in bed. At the back the have a mini kitchen with a 12v Dometic refrigerator and a hot plate.
5. Minivan With Rear Slide Out Kitchen
This adventurous couple have a drawer system at the rear of their minivan which holds a pullout kitchen space.
6. Suzuki Micro Van Conversion
This cozy little setup has a bench seat that folds out to a bed along one side. And a full kitchen unit on the other. All squeezed into a tiny 2005 Suzuki Carry van.
7. Renault Kangoo Van Conversion
This Renault Kangoo conversion may be my favorite of the lot. But maybe that’s just the dog swaying my judgment. 🙂
8. Professional Minivan Conversion
I can’t find much specific information about this particular build. But it certainly looks to have been kitten out by a factory rather than an individual. Still, it can give you ideas for your own minivan build.
9. Toyota Sienna Minivan Conversion
This Toyota Sienna minivan conversion has a rock and roll style bench seat which folds out into a bed. They’ve also used some bamboo sticks and a tarp to create a great little porch area. You can get more photos of this build here.
10. Honda Element Camper Conversion
The YouTube channel ‘Element Van Life’ gives a tour of his DIY Honda Element camper conversion in the video above.
11. Ford Transit Connect XLT DIY Camper Van
Nate from Element Van Life again takes us on a tour of a minivan conversion which belongs to some friends of his. This is a very unique build with a lot of cool features Id never seen before. I like that it’s still able to carry 3 passengers as well as the driver. Which opens up the use cases of a vehicle like this.
12. Honda Odyssey Minivan Conversion
The owner bought a 2003 Honda Odyssey for only $2900, ripped out everything from the front seats back, and started from scratch. With the help of friends and YouTube, they installed LED lighting that runs off a second battery system, and used sound deadening material to cover the rear metal.
They also insulated the van with Reflectix, denim-style insulation, and foam board, and installed a Renogy 100 watt solar panel on the roof rack. After hours of cutting and trimming, they crafted a flat surface for the floor, and stained it a dark color. Even though the stain was stressful, it turned out great! Check out the before and after pictures, and get inspired for your own minivan conversion.
13. Toyota Sienna AWD EXL Minivan Camper Conversion
Watch the full video of this Toyota Sienna camper below:
13. Toyota Sienna Stealth Minivan Camper
This Toyota Sienna minivan has been converted into a no-nonsense camper.
The interior has been cleverly adapted for practicality, with a foldable bed-bench for sleeping and seating. A basic kitchenette provides essential cooking facilities.
Additionally, storage cabinets help to keep things organized, and an electrical system powers necessary devices. A simple table serves multiple functions, from dining to work.
It’s a functional, pragmatic solution for on-the-go living.
14. Conversion by moment_inforest
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