Making a Homemade Camper - Useful Tips and Ideas to Guide You

Do you wish to put together your own homemade camper? Here are some useful tips and ideas to guide you with building your own home made caravan.

Building your own camper is not as strange as it sounds. In fact, building your own camper can be quite a satisfying experience.

There are numerous plans available online and in your local library that will show you the A to Z's of the smallest camper shell to a full blown school bus conversion. Imagine the pride you will feel when showing off your one of a kind creation that you built with your own two hands.

Here, we will give you some tips on how to get started on building your own homemade camper.


To save yourself frustration down the road and before you begin, think about what your budget will allow. If you have a camper shell budget but a 5th wheel dream, you will have to do some reconsidering. Can you hold off the project until you have enough in your budget or can you downsize a little to better fit your financial situation? Everything depends on your budget.


If you have a family of five, a camper shell probably isn't what you really need. If there is only you, then that 32 foot trailer you are dreaming about might be a little big. Carefully assess your need and then plan accordingly.


Some homemade campers start with nothing more than a flatbed trailer. Others can be built totally from scratch. You can even pick up deals on older units that are in desperate need of repair and totally revamp them to suit your needs. Many people have built beautiful homemade campervans with vehicles picked up at local auctions.

Whichever way you choose to begin, it pays to write out a materials list prior to beginning such an ambitious project. If you are a beginner, search all of the blogs online for hints as to what other people did and the materials they used. Picking up tips from someone who has already been through the process will help you out immensely.


You can never do too much research. There are endless books, magazines, blogs, and websites devoted to building homemade campers in every shape and size. Take the time to read other people's stories, their experiences, and learn from them before beginning to build your homemade camper.

It will also pay off to do a little plumbing research if you are going to put in a sink with running water in your camper, and if you plan on any electrical work you will also want to decide if you are going to do the work yourself or hire it out to an expert. You can research the difference in the cost of do-it-yourself as opposed to hiring a professional.


You will by now know how much room you need for your homemade camper. Once you have your outside done, it will be time to do the finishing work on the inside. The fun really begins when you are making curtains, designing cupboards, and picking out just the right piece of carpet.

This is when you will decide if you need a fridge or a cooler, an electric stove or a propane cooktop, how much of a bathroom you need, etc. This area is worth taking your time with as you will be living in your home made camper for periods of time. You want it to have all of the amenities you can possibly manage in a small space.


Building your own homemade camper will prove to be a very satisfying experience. Traveling around enjoying and showing off your home made camper will be a lot of fun. There are even special groups that you can join comprising of other people who have built their own home made campers, traveling across the country in caravans.

It is a great achievement to build your own home made camper, so feel proud of what you have done! One special tip - don't forget to check with your local DMV to see if they have specific vehicle licensing for your homemade camper.

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