Watch How a YouTuber Turns a 90s Van into a Modern Camper: A DIY Guide

Big Changes to a Tiny Van. A full DIY Guide in converting a Van into a Modern Camper.

If you are a tiny house enthusiast, you probably know the benefits of living in a small space: saving money, reducing environmental impact, and enjoying more freedom and flexibility. But you may also wonder how to start your own tiny house project, especially if you don’t have much experience or a big budget.

That’s why I was so impressed by this video on YouTube: DIY ‘90s VAN to MODERN TINY HOME… The Entire Build by Drew Builds Stuff. In this video, Drew shows how he bought an old 1990 Chevy G20 conversion van for $6,000 CAD($4,473.00 USD) and transformed it into a modern, luxurious camper van with solar panels, a cedar ceiling, pine walls, a sink, a fridge, a hidden TV, a retractable barbeque and other features. The video outlines the entire building process step by step, with narration and explanation of each stage. The video also shows him taking the camper van on a camping trip in the Canadian wilderness.

What I love about this video is that it is not only entertaining and inspiring, but also very informative and educational. Drew shares his tips and tricks, his mistakes and challenges, and his sources and costs for each part of the project. He also provides links to the products and tools he used in the video description. The video is a full guide for anyone who wants to try their own DIY van conversion, or just learn more about the tiny house lifestyle.

Some of the highlights of the video are:

  • Total cost: $6000 on the van and $7000 on renovations and appliances = $13,000 CAD ($9,696.70 USD)

  • How he installed a solar system that can power all the appliances and lights in the van, including a 12-volt fridge, a water pump, a TV, a fan, and a heater. He also shows how he wired everything and mounted the solar panels on the roof.

  • How he built a cedar ceiling with LED lights, pine walls with insulation, and vinyl flooring. He also shows how he cut and stained the wood, and how he added some decorative touches like a map of Canada and a guitar holder.

  • How he created a cozy and functional living space with a sofa bed, a foldable table, a sink, a fridge, a hidden TV, and plenty of storage. He also shows how he made a retractable barbeque that slides out from under the sofa, and how he installed a propane tank and a water tank under the van.

  • How he enjoyed the fruits of his labor by taking the camper van on a road trip across Canada, visiting beautiful places like Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Lake Louise. He also shows how he cooked, slept, and relaxed in the van, and how he met other van lifers along the way.

I think this video is a great example of how anyone can turn their dream of living in a tiny house into a reality, with some creativity, hard work, and passion. Drew proves that you don’t need a lot of money or expertise to build your own home on wheels, and that the journey is as rewarding as the destination. I highly recommend watching this video if you are interested in van conversions, tiny houses, or DIY projects. You will be amazed by what Drew accomplished, and you might even get inspired to start your own project.

What do you think of this video? Have you ever tried a DIY van conversion or a tiny house project? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to Drew Builds Stuff for more awesome videos like this one. Thanks for reading!