Campervan Build & Tour – From Old Van to Cozy Home!


Hey there guys, my name is Jordan and
this is my home! She’s a 1986 Toyota Hiace with a pop-top
roof and as of two and a half weeks ago it is now my full-time home and office
on wheels. So in this video I wanted to show you guys the process I went through in converting it
into a camper van and then give you a detailed tour and a look
of the inside and show you how I’ve got everything set up. So let’s get into it! So after buying the van the first thing I did was completely gut the inside. It
was set up as a basic camper but it was old, it smelt weird, and it just wasn’t
set up how I needed it. Once I had a blank slate I started by
laying down a timber frame for the floor. Then I put down Earthwool insulation
and covered it with a vapor barrier. I then made the vapor barrier as airtight
as possible by sticking down the edges with aluminium tape. Shout-out to Mum and Dad for helping
throughout various stages of the build. Next I put down the plywood floor
and screwed it into the timber frame. This was going to be my
home so it was really important to insulate it the best that I could
I made a timber frame for the walls and then covered them in a vapor barrier
then I screwed pine lining boards into that timber frame then I framed up the shelves that would
go beside the bed after the shelves are built the frame
for the bed 30 centimeters off the ground so I could have storage
underneath from once the bed was completed it was on to building the
kitchen because I was so focused on finishing the van this is all the build
footage I have so I spent two and a half months converting the van probably
spending about 6 hours a day on it I paid 6 grand for the van and I think I
spent around 4 on the conversion I think that’s pretty good for a home so welcome to the kitchen I like to cook
so I prioritize having a decent-sized kitchen in the van and tried to make the
most of the small amount of space that I’ve got to work with so this is the
sink I just reused it from the old camp conversion and change the position of
the tap that’s why there’s this black a little bit of rubber here to cover up
the hole it’s a hand pump tap that is connected to this 23 litre water
container at the bottom here it’s made of glass it’s a brewing demijohn I don’t
like to drink out of plastic if I can avoid it so this was the best solution I
could think of as a cheap solution in the future I’d probably like to get a
custom tank fitted for under the van but for now this is working really well I’ve
got a ratchet strap here that is screwed into the wall and it’s securing this
really well so when I’m driving it’s not moving it’s just staying put
so it’s a hand pump tap that the drinking water hose just sits in the
water in the demijohn and then I can just go like this and I’ve got drinking
water and so the sink drains into this 20 litre jerrycan here that I can just
take out an empty it’s also secured to the wall so it doesn’t move around and
I’ve plugged it into the sink and just made this drain trap here just out of
hose fittings and the old hose from the original van and this stop smell from
the jerrycan coming back up into the sink that’s what this shape here does
I’ve also got these fancy magnetic springy
cupboard openers that I was pretty pleased with and this is just a simple 2
burner camping gas cooker that I’ve taken the
lid off and screwed it into the bench so it’s secured and the gas line comes in
through the bench and the gas bottle sits in its own fiberglass housing under
here that’s vented to the outside you can get fancier cooktops that are all
stainless steel and they sink into the bench but they’re like 8 times the price
of one of these I just went with this and it’s been
working great so this is a draw here that slides out and I keep my cutlery in
there and other cooking utensils I was gonna have three drawers along here but
making one of these was enough of a pain in the ass that I just decided to have
another cupboard and in here I keep saucepan frying pan bowls and stuff and
below there I keep my compost bin recycling and rubbish and just other
bits and pieces and so I tried to use as many recycled materials as I could in
this fan and so these bench tops here are just an old bed head that I found on
the side of the road in Melbourne and I just standed them back and stained it
and they look amazing so I’m super happy with those and so these are pine lining
boards that I got from the tip for $20 there were probably like 300 bucks worth
of timber that was being thrown away had just been taken out of an old house and
so I picked it up and used it everywhere I could I just sanded it back and
stained it and used it for the cupboard doors here and for the lining of the
entire van and under here is the electrical system so I’ve got three 160 watt solar panels
on the roof and that is fed down into the van into this breaker box here and
then into this 60 amp charge controller and I’ve got a hundred and thirty amp
power deep-cycle AGM battery here and then 375 watt inverter
I did have 230 amp hour batteries in parallel but when I was wiring this all
up I was rushing and accidentally fried the other battery it was pretty
devastating but I plan to buy another one in a couple months time and then
just pop it back in here and join the backup in parallel and for the 12-volt
stuff the connection goes from the charge controller up into the fuses here
and then I’ve got this switch panel on the front here for the lights as you can
see I’ve just got these little fairy lights I love how they look just pinned
up around the whole edge of the van I’ve got a switch for the fridge and one for
the pump which is underneath the van and that powers my gas shower and here I’ve
got a little USB port here for charging my phone and other things that are
connected by USB so this is my fridge that is connected to the solar setup
it’s a Waco CF 40 and it’s been great so far it doesn’t use much power and it’s
big enough for what I need for ventilation have also got a 12-volt
exhaust fan in the roof so here’s my bed it’s a futon mattress under here and
I’ve built it 30 centimeters off the ground so I could have storage
underneath here so there’s hinges in the middle and the slats fold up from each
end and the storage can be accessed from either inside here or from outside at
the back of the van so the bed isn’t long enough for me to sleep on in its
state like this so I’ve got an extension that sits under the mattress here that I
can pull out and it slots in at the end and
I can have two meters of bed space which is how tall I am so if I had two meters
of bed it would just take up too much room so I’ve made this little extendable
part and the bed extension doubles as my desk so I can take the extension out and
put it into these bits of timber here and then put the legs down and then I’ve
got a little surface so I can put my computer mouse keyboard and I’ve got my
little office here so you can kind of think of this as version one of the van
it’s probably going to be an ever evolving design but now that I’m living
in it there are small tweaks that I would like to make that I’ve become
aware of since actually using the space and living here full-time so one of
those things I’d like to tweak is the desk setup because I have to sit on the
bed cross-legged I can only do that for about 40 minutes or an hour before my
legs start to hurt and I need to go for a walk which is fine but if I need to
work for longer periods of time it’s just a bit uncomfortable and yeah
there’s just little finishing touches I’d like to make one day because I was
so keen to get on the road I just did kind of what I had to do to make it
livable and functional and there are some bits and pieces that are still
unfinished like the edge of the door here where you can see the insulation
I’m kind of excited about that that I can continually just work on it and
refine it and tweak it as I go and over here I’ve got my shelves so I’ve got
food stored up here and down here and then on this side I’ve got computer
stuff and camera gear and other electronics and then I’ve got clothing
underneath just down here and this is my hot water bottle Whaley like Whaley
keeps me warm and over here is my little bookshelf
that I can fit a small amount of books in I’ve just made it out of plywood and
some brackets that are screwed into the shelving so this is my shower setup I’ve
got a gas camping shower here that I’ve just mounted some brackets on to the van
that I can just hang it on this is connected to the gas bottle which lives
in here and I’ve got a water container that is plumbed into the pump that’s
underneath the van and then the pump goes into the unit and then out the
showerhead and I’ve got hot water and I’ve got a shower tent that I can just
set up in front of the unit and I’ve got a shower so I hope you all enjoyed this
little look at my home if you’ve got any questions please leave them in the
comments below and I’ll make a video just dedicated to answering a bunch of
questions so thanks for watching and I’ll see you all in the next video

100 Replies to “Campervan Build & Tour – From Old Van to Cozy Home!”

  1. Thanks so much for watching everyone! I will have more videos coming out soon so stay tuned!
    You can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/jordosmond
    and see my other YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/happenfilms 🙂

  2. Why has this got 4.5m views? Why is this the second user to appear out of nowhere, post a well produced video about a camper van, and get huge views straight away? YouTube algorithm either loves Camper Vans, or this is a test by YouTube.

  3. Does anyone know where i can find a yellow, red, and black stripe like this one? I’d love to put it on my 90s jeep.

  4. Amazing work on the van sir… Just one question i have, have you installed a toilet compose anywhere in your van

  5. Wonderful
    Your work is awesome
    Wish you come to #Pakistan 🇵🇰 along with your van and discover unseen destinations in northern areas

  6. Hey man Jordan whatsup bro really liked your video , the effort u took make a beautiful Office cum a home in van . really man it was awesome .

  7. This is so cool. Maybe you can get a relatively small enough bin to stand in when you take a shower so you don’t get dirt on your feet. You have the coolest outdoor shower. 🚿

  8. What if you wanna take a shower in the winter?
    Where do you dry your towels?
    Where do you keep the wet shower stuff?
    Where do you shit?
    Do you just use laundry mats?
    Do you just sleep in the parking lot at work?
    Do you need shower slippers so your feet dont get dirty?
    What do you do when you’re bored?

  9. I just wanted to suggest that you think about getting a megapulse for your AGM battery, it will help to extend the life of the battery massively. I have a 120A/H which is 10 years only and still has over 90% of its capacity. The first battery barely lasted two years.

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