Must-Have Items and Modifications for a DIY Van Conversion

Transforming Your Van: Must-Have Items and Modifications for a DIY Van Conversion

Starting your DIY van conversion opens the door to a world of possibilities, allowing you to transform a simple vehicle into a personalized and functional living space. Whether you're gearing up for weekend adventures or planning to hit the road full-time, certain items and modifications can elevate your van life experience. In this blog post, we'll explore the top 10 must-haves for a successful DIY van conversion.

1. Flares/Trim Rings

Flares and Trim Rings help transform your van into a spacious and functional area. Flares give you the freedom of turning your bed sideways, instantly expanding your living space, and optimizing the interior layout of your van. With Flarespace's tailored solutions for specific van models, you can seamlessly integrate these flares to create added square footage for other necessary items. Flarespace Trim Rings elevate the interior aesthetics and functionality of your van, designed for a seamless fit with Flares. These Trim Rings not only provide a polished finish to your van's interiors but also create a sleek windowsill around the Flares, bridging the gap between the van's inner wall and the Flares. Crafted from durable molded fiberglass, these Trim Rings effortlessly attach to the backside of your van's wall panels, ensuring a snug and secure fit. What sets Flarespace's Trim Rings apart is their compatibility with other Flarespace products, allowing you to create a cohesive and stylish interior design. For those seeking modern conveniences, the Trim Rings offer optional upgrades like two USB 3.0 charging ports and two overhead reading lights – saving your wall space for other things like storage or decor. 

2. nVader Rack and Accessories

The nVader Rack is a game-changer for van conversions, offering versatile storage solutions. Installing an nVader Rack on your van allows you to store a range of accessories like bike mounts, cargo carriers, tire buckets, and more, maximizing your storage capacity without sacrificing interior space. We offer a range of accessories for the nVader Rack to help organize everything you don't need inside the van.

3. Interior Panel Kit

In the realm of DIY van conversions, Flarespace's Interior Panel Kit offers a hassle-free solution for those seeking an efficient and reliable interior build. This kit, designed to complement Flares and Trim Rings seamlessly, provides precut panels that eliminate the complexities of sizing and fitting during your adventure van transformation. Unlike other van wall solutions, Flarespace's Interior Panel Kit introduces a structural steel component, ensuring a robust mounting surface that guarantees a snug connection between ceiling and wall panels. The inclusion of this steel support not only enhances rigidity but also facilitates the concealed routing of wiring, simplifying the installation of electrical components in harmony with the wall panel kit. The result is a cost-efficient, warp-resistant van interior that not only meets but exceeds durability expectations, promising years of reliable service for your nomadic lifestyle.

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4. Custom Mattress and Bedding

Flarespace's Sheets & Bedding Kit provides tailored bedding solutions that perfectly complement Flarespace's hinged and three-piece van mattresses. Specifically designed for Mercedes Sprinter 144" and 170", as well as the Baja Mattress, this comprehensive kit includes a custom-fit mattress pad, fitted sheet, flat sheet, comforter, two pillows, and two pillowcases. The research and testing invested in these bedding kits reflect a commitment to finding the optimal balance between breathability and durability, ensuring a comfortable night's sleep. With meticulous attention to detail and a focus on compatibility, Flarespace's Sheets & Bedding Kit streamlines the bedding aspect, which is arguably the most important part of any van conversion.

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5. Wheels & Tires

Upgrade your van's wheels and tires to ones that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also suitable for the terrain you plan to traverse. Durable tires and stylish wheels not only enhance the overall look of your van but also contribute to better performance on the road. You want something reliable when traveling through the amazing backroads of places like Baja, Moab, or the Trans America Trail. Flarespace's Wheels and Tires are a great addition to any DIY van conversion, delivering the perfect fusion of style, performance, and convenience.

6. Swivel Seats

Install swivel seats for the driver and passenger seats to optimize your living space. Swiveling the front seats creates a more versatile and spacious interior, allowing you to easily switch between a driving and a lounging area.

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7. Maxxair Ventilation Fan

Ensure optimal airflow in your van with a Maxxair ventilation fan. These fans are known for their efficiency, keeping your space well-ventilated and preventing the buildup of condensation, especially while cooking or during rainy days. A fan cover is also a good idea to increase insulation and reduce noise on the road.

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8. Portable Toilet and/or Portable Shower

For extended journeys, having a portable toilet and/or shower can be extremely convenient. These compact and portable solutions ensure that you have the essential facilities, even when you're off the grid.

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9. Insulation

Proper insulation is crucial for regulating the temperature inside your van. Quality insulation material like sheeps wool helps keep the interior comfortable, whether you're dealing with hot summer days or chilly winter nights. Using sheep's wool for insulation in a DIY van conversion offers several benefits including thermal protection, fire resistance, and breathability.

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10. Smart Storage Solutions

Incorporate smart storage solutions like hanging organizers, under-bed drawers, and shelving to cabinets. Efficient storage ensures that you can pack everything you need without cluttering your living space.

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Starting a DIY van conversion is a thrilling adventure, and with the right must-have items and modifications, you can create a home on wheels that perfectly suits your lifestyle. From exterior enhancements to interior comforts, each element plays a crucial role in making your van conversion a success. So, gear up, get creative, and enjoy the journey of transforming your van into a personalized sanctuary for your next road trip or nomadic lifestyle!