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How to Convert Volkswagen Bus or Van to Camper Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903706459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903706459
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 £35.00, 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. --Review by Louis Ludewig for Wheelspin, Summer 2008


This volume contains detailed, step-by-step instructions for converting a VW Transporter van or bus to a Camper. It gives advice on how to choose the best van for your needs and prepare it - how to plan the layout and choose fittings, how to fit an elevating roof, how to cut panels and fit utilities.

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