Stealth Class B Build-Out

Welcome to the exciting journey of converting a van into a beautiful and functional camper.

A heartfelt goodbye the day I left out on the open road. The extremely gracious and helpful parents. Couldn't have done it without 'em.

Welcome to the exciting journey of converting a van into a beautiful and functional camper.

I'll be your tour guide today. Please remember to keep your hands, feet and power tools inside the van at all times.

Depending on your budget, vehicle, or just general requirements your experience may differ considerably from what is outlined in the information on this site.

However, there are many tried and true practices most van conversions follow and my hope is you’ll be able to use my journey as a resource throughout the process.

Money spent on conversion The empty cargo van was bought for $4k.

Testing out the new hole in the roof. Drilling the holes that will be used to start the cut with the jigsaw. Slowly and carefully cutting through the roof. You can see tape was used to make a more distinct outline of where to cut. Testing out the new hole in the roof. Drilling the holes that will be used to start the cut with the jigsaw.

Money spent on conversion The empty cargo van was bought for $4k.

New tires and the several repairs needed (that we mostly did ourselves) cost around $3k.

The cost of materials and tools to convert the van ballooned to around $5k.

This made the total cost of the van conversion around $12k.

If I add in the cost of the things I bartered for (fridge and solar) the total would jump to almost $15k.

That’s a lot of money! And definitely more money than I planned on spending.

However, since I saw this project as more of a personal design exercise and fantastic learning opportunity, I felt like I could justify the cost

Each person and each van has a unique set of requirements.

It took three people (including myself) to secure this plywood to the ceiling.

Designing the van’s layout, There’s a reason most van conversions differ significantly from one another.

Each person and each van has a unique set of requirements.

While I—being a shorter individual—can manage sleeping perpendicular to the walls of the van, taller folks will need a longer bed and thus a different van layout.

I planned on cooking most meals, so I valued a decent amount of space for a stove, refrigerator and pantry.

Others who plan on eating out or eating simpler could use that kitchen space for something else entirely.

There is one quality that is true of every successful van conversion: space is used efficiently.

Testing different stain colors with various application methods. Collecting the raw bags of plaster lath from the church. There were several more bags I simply couldn't fit into the van

There is one quality that is true of every successful van conversion: space is used efficiently.

There’s not a wasted inch and almost every part of the van should have multiple uses.

In my case, my bed also functions as a couch and my main place of storage.

My kitchen doubles as a desk and a dining area.

Finding ways to combine functions in a multi-purpose way is the key to squeezing the most out of a small space.

Building a camper van is trickier but a helluva lot more affordable. You can either go the cheap, bare-bones route or opt for the nicest amenities around, but I prefer an approach that strikes a balance between the two.

Sometimes the places you want to overnight at aren't RV friendly. If you need to park in urban areas, a stealthy RV van might be your vehicle of choice.

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While the lights were difficult to squeeze into the tiny light shelves that were built, the effect they produce when turned on is fantastic. A subdued, subtle texture that provides more than enough light when needed.

Designing the van’s look and feel I’ve done design work off and on for the better part of 5 years.

Designing the van’s look and feel I’ve done design work off and on for the better part of 5 years.

This meant I quite enjoyed the challenge of creating a campervan that was unique and incorporated my aesthetic preferences in a meaningful way.

Using Photoshop I combined minimalist Scandinavian design principles with a tiny hint of industrial style to mockup a look that ended up being surprisingly close to what the final product looked like.

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Used more stained lath to match the ceiling. You can see some of the individual pieces of lath had to be split into several pieces to take into account the different doors.


Lee has a knack for designing and when he set out to build his own rig to travel in, his passion for manifesting his ideas into reality became a wonderful example of what's possible. I am proud to call him a friend and present his story to you here. Thanks for watching! ~Jamie Stuff he has and recommends:

Whether your style leans more rustic, more “hippie” or something else entirely

Whether your style leans more rustic, more “hippie” or something else entirely, try to imagine what you want your van to look and feel like when it’s all said and done.

Those broad choices will most likely impact the materials you use and the way you use them.


Wooooo! Got a new van! time to build it out and get back on the road!

Preparation

  • Remove pre-existing fixtures from the van
  • Do a quick preliminary cleaning
  • Grind all surface rust off
  • Clean entire van thoroughly
  • Spray anti-rust paint on any exposed metal
  • Spray paint final coat of white paint
  • Reinstall front floor mat and front seats

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Insulation

  • Cut reflectix to fit wall
  • Glue reflectix to wall
  • Cut and glue reflectix to ceiling
  • Cut rigid foam paneling to cover upper panels and ceiling
  • Spray foam in every remaining crack, crevice and gap
  • Make paper template for floor to cut reflectix and rigid paneling
  • Attach reflectix and rigid paneling to floor
  • Cut, stuff and attach fiberglass insulation to walls


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Flooring

  • Use floor template to cut plywood subfloor
  • Attach subfloor with screws
  • Fill and sand screw holes. Caulk seams.
  • PAUSE. Finish walls and ceiling before laying down floor vinyl


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Ceiling

  • Collect and prepare paneling material (optional)
  • Cut, mark and stain plywood
  • Rivet plywood to ceiling
  • Cut hole in roof for fan
  • Install fan
  • Cover ceiling with paneling (optional)

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Walls

  • Cut plywood walls with use of templates
  • Secure walls using braces
  • Cut and attach additional wall coverings
  • Bondo over odd gaps
  • Cut sheet metal to cover pop-out windows (if you have them)
  • Rivet sheet metal to pop-out windows (if you have them)
  • RESUME. Make new floor template and install vinyl floor
  • Build wheel well covers

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Bed and Kitchen

  • Measure and cut plywood for bed base
  • Build bed using braces
  • Attach bed hinges, install pneumatic lift and locks
  • Build kitchen walls and shelves using a mix of braces and struts
  • Cut and attach doors with hinges and magnets
  • Alter futon bed to fit
  • Make table
  • Build stool trash can




See my Van Conversion Guide; http://offgridvan.blogspot.com/ I tried to make the video that I would have loved to be able to watch when I was starting to create my van.. I hope it is useful or inspiring.

Electrical and Solar

  • Alter and install roof rack
  • Install solar panels
  • Run solar wiring to the inside
  • Run wiring for lights and dimmer
  • Hook up wiring for fan and fridge


Finishing Touches

  • Tape for painting
  • Paint and stain
  • Attach paneling to kitchen doors (optional)
  • Attach “lighting shelves” and install LED lights
  • Sew magnetic blackout curtains for windows
  • Sew and hang front divider curtain with pole
  • Cut and attach new door panels
  • Cut and attach new door panels
  • Admire your finished camper van!