You may have heard that term before, “apartment on wheels”, heck I’ve used it before on this very website. But rarely is that term more applicable than it is for this Volkswagon Crafter van conversion right here.
It was made by Daryl Lloyd, a carpenter from the UK who usually specializes in building kitchens and bespoke handmade furniture. But man, does he know how to apply to those skills to convert a van.
Check this out…
That’s a 1000 x 800mm shower, which is actually larger than what you’ll find in many households.
The van is clean and cool from the outside too, and very stealthy.
You definitely wouldn’t expect what you see when you open up that side door.
Stepping inside we see the dining area, kitchen and bedroom. The dining area converts to a comfortable couch or a children’s bed.
Under the bed at the back is a very large storage area
This is definitely one of the most beautiful van conversions I’ve seen in some time
This carpenter builds home furniture for a living, so it’s no surprise that everywhere you look this van interior has the appearance of an actual home
The custom built bed has 4” thick foam mattress and mattress cover, with a custom made headboard with two touch sensitive reading lights, both have usb charge points in. The main van lights can be switched on as you enter the side door and switched off from the bed.
I love everything about it
The van has a diesel heating system, an instant hot water heater, and a 120 liter (32 gallon) water tank to feed that amazing shower.
It has a portable chemical toilet that lifts in and out of the shower area as needed. This is convenient as it gives you plenty of space when taking a shower, though it might not suit everyone’s preference.
When it comes to electrics, everything in the van runs off 12v and the 230 amp hour battery bank. This is an area I would look to improve upon if I owned this van. Something of this design quality deserves a solar panel setup and a 300+ amp hour lithium battery to really make this liveable full-time.
You can watch a brief video walkthrough towards the end of this video below…
Here is another van from Daryl Lloyd, using the same Volkswagon Crafter base vehicle and the same layout and design, there are just a few changes with the internal fixtures and finishings.
Why change a winning formula?
He’s gone for a clean white finish through the kitchen and bathroom this time
The seating area gets a slight makeover, and still transforms into a small bed
You can follow the builder of this van on his instagram page here.
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