Turn your #VANLIFE 
dreams into reality.

Simplify your Van Build (saving time & money!)
so you can get on the road ASAP!

Dreaming of #VANLIFE but don't know where to start?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the decisions that come with building a campervan?

Do you wish you could build the campervan of your dreams without the headaches, hours of research, and questioning each decision?


We've been there (twice!). And we're here to help you on your journey!

Picture this...

Imagine trading those headaches for confidence, and trading time spent getting lost in rabbit holes of the Internet for adventures in your finished campervan!
 
What if I said you could have all the skills and step-by-step instructions you need with just the click of a button? No second-guessing. No time wasted. 

That's exactly what you'll get with Van Conversion Academy!

Find out what Van Conversion Academy is all about...

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN...

✓ The whole build process, from planning to building to adding the finishing touches? 

✓ How to create a perfect floor plan for your specific needs?

✓ How to properly install an electric system?

✓ Exactly how to install insulation?

✓ Insider tips and tricks that will make your conversion easier?

✓ Mistakes to avoid along the way?

✓ Recommended materials and exact products that we’ve personally used?

✓ Dimensions and exact blueprints you can copy?

✓ How to keep your conversion on track and under budget?

If you said, “HECK YES!” to any of the above, then VAN CONVERSION ACADEMY is for you! It will give you loads of insider tips, step-by-step tutorials, and total confidence with your campervan build.

SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

   
 

 
 

WHAT YOU'LL GET...

✓ Step-by-Step Instructions

We've broken everything down into simple steps you'll understand (even if you have no building experience!).

✓ Video Tutorials

Watch the steps in action so you can follow along and see exactly how to do it yourself.

✓ Blueprints you can copy!

Easy-to-understand blueprints of our exact electric, water & propane systems show you exactly how to set yours up.

✓ Tips & Recommended Products

This course is packed with insider tips that helped us significantly. We’re also sharing the exact products we use and love!

✓ Exclusive Facebook Group 

Gain access to an exclusive Facebook Group ONLY for course members. Here, you can ask us (and other group members) questions and advice. 

✓ Lifetime Access

Your access to this course never expires, so you can build your conversion at your own pace!

Start building the Campervan of your Dreams today!

VAN CONVERSION ACADEMY

Breakdown of each Module

Curious about what exactly we'll go over in Van Conversion Academy?
Let's dive in, so you can get an overview of each module.

[MODULE 1] CHOOSING YOUR VAN

If you haven't decided what type of vehicle you're going to convert, you're in luck because we're breaking down the specs and pros/cons of the most popular vans for conversion. We're also sharing some sneaky things to look for if you're buying your van used.

By the end of Module 1, you'll feel confident searching for and purchasing the van that will work best for your budget and your conversion plans.

[MODULE 2] DESIGN YOUR LAYOUT

Designing your layout is perhaps one of the most fun – and most overwhelming! – parts of your van build. We're here to walk you through all the aspects to consider when designing your van layout. Plus, we're giving you real and tangible examples you can copy.

BONUS: This module includes a blueprint of our exact dimensions (as well blueprints for 2 larger vehicles), so you don't have to start completely from scratch.  

By the end of Module 2, you'll have the tools and advice you need to design the layout that'll work for your van and your priorities. 

[MODULE 3] FAN INSTALLATION

Installing a rooftop fan is key in keeping your van comfortable, especially in warm temperatures. With the right plan, this step is actually pretty easy and very satisfying. It requires cutting a hole in the roof of your van, but we've got tips to make this process easier.

By the end of Module 3, you'll feel confident cutting a hole in your van (it sounds scarier than it is!) to install a fan for maximum air circulation.

[MODULE 4] WINDOW INSTALLATION

Does cutting a hole in your van sound scary?! We know how intimidating this can sound, but fear not – we've got some handy tricks that'll help make this process a breeze! And when you're done, you'll have some beautiful natural light, making your van feel more homey.

*This step is optional: Depending on your vehicle, you may already have as many windows as you want. Alternatively, some people don't want windows in their campervan.

By the end of Module 4, you'll feel ready to cut a hole in your van and install a window (or two!). It's pretty satisfying!

[MODULE 5] SOUND DAMPENING MATERIAL

Sound dampening material will help keep minimize vibrations and keep out annoying road noise. This module ill walk you through the application process.

By the end of this Module 5, you'll have a clear understanding of where and how to apply the sound dampening material.  

[MODULE 6] SUBFLOOR INSTALLATION

This may not sound very sexy,  but creating a subfloor is a super important step in your van conversion. Think of it as your van's "foundation". This is how you're going to attach most components of your build to the van itself, so you've got to make sure your subfloor is strong and sturdy, and this module shows you exactly how to do it!

(We also cover insulation in your subfloor, which is another important piece of this step.)

By the end of Module 6, you'll know exactly how to build a sturdy subfloor that will be a solid foundation for the rest of your conversion.

[MODULE 7] INSULATING YOUR VAN

Insulating your van is key to being able to control the temperature inside. Without proper insulation, it can get very hot in the summertime and extremely cold in the winter, so strap in for this step-by-step tutorial that is even – gasp! – fun!

By the end of Module 7, you'll have a complete game plan for your insulation.
 

[MODULES 8 & 9] ELECTRIC & SOLAR

This is likely the project you're most nervous about... But with easy-to-follow instructions broken down into bite-sized steps, you'll feel confident enough to conquer your electric systems like a boss! Plus, you'll understand how many solar panels you'll require for your build and how to install them successfully.

BONUS: This module includes a blueprint of our exact electric system (including descriptions of all components & how they're connected).

By the end of Modules 8 & 9, you'll feel confident about working with batteries and wires, and you'll be able to create a plan for your own solar powered electric system.

[MODULE 10] WALLS, CEILINGS & CABINETS

Putting up your ceiling and walls will seriously transform your van and you'll start to see things come together. It's an incredibly satisfying feeling and this module will walk you through the exact steps you need to take. Plus, we're sharing some tips for working with uneven van walls that'll make your life a lot easier!

Additionally, this module has instructions for making overhead cabinets that are simple, yet look super professional.

After finishing Module 10, you'll have your walls and ceilings up and your van will start to look less like a shell and more like a home on wheels!

[MODULE 11] COMPOSTING TOILET

Everyone has a different opinion on toilets in campervans, and we've experienced a few different types. We're sure you'll make the best decision for you. Cassette toilets don't need to be installed, so it's easy peasy. But if you choose to go with a composting toilet (we're OBSESSED with ours!), we gotchu covered with everything you need to know about installing it!

BONUS: We are sharing the exact dimensions of our toilet box, which is much harder to figure out than you'd think... we'll explain why in this module!

By the end of Module 11, you'll have everything you need to install your very own composting toilet!

[MODULE 12] WATER SYSTEM & OUTDOOR SHOWER

Having running water in your campervan takes your home on wheels to a whole new level! This module will teach you how to install an automatic water system. We'll also share how to set up an outdoor shower, making it easy to feel clean on the road without taking up valuable space inside your van.

BONUS: This module includes a blueprint of our exact water system (including descriptions of all components & how they're connected).

By the end of Module 12, you'll be ready to install a powerful water system that functions similar to a water system in a traditional house!

[MODULE 13] PROPANE SYSTEM

Installing a propane system isn't necessary, but it comes with some big benefits: You can cook with gas, plus, you can heat water and your van with propane. This means you won't be draining your batteries as quickly. If you choose to add propane, this module will be super informative. We'll walk through how to install a propane system SAFELY.

BONUS: This module includes a blueprint of our exact propane system (including some essential safety tips you'll need to follow).

By the end of Module 13, you'll be able to install propane safely and confidently. 

[MODULE 14] BUILDING YOUR KITCHEN

Building your campervan kitchen can be overwhelming because there are lots of decisions to make. This module walks you through all the components to consider and provides steps for turning your ideas into a real-life kitchen where you can cook yummy burrito bowls or breakfast sandwiches or whatever your tummy desires!

 By the end of Module 14, you'll have the perfect kitchen design for your specific needs,  and you'll be ready to make it come to life!

[MODULE 15] BED & BENCH DESIGN

A convertible bed (aka benches that turn into a bed at night) is a great design for making the most of a small space. It is a bit more complicated than a fixed design that's always in bed mode, but fear not – this module will give you the instructions you need to build your own super functional (and super comfortable!) bed! Get ready to wake up in paradise!

By the end of Module 15, you'll be stoked to build the bed that'll allow you to wake up with epic views, then transform into a comfortable space to eat, work and hang out!

[MODULE 16] STORAGE

Storage comes in clutch in a small space like a campervan. We've got some super sneaky storage ideas that we're spilling in this module. You'll findsome super creative storage solutions along with instructions for how to make them yourself.

By the end of Module 16, you'll have some creative storage ideas and a plan for your own campervan.

[MODULE 17] INSTALL FLOORING

Covering up your subfloor with actual flooring is so darn satisfying and is kind of like the icing on the cake. It really ties together your campervan and makes all your hard work shine. In this module, you'll find some handy tips for installation as well as the 2 reasons that you should definitely save this step for last.

By the end of Module 17, you'll be able to install your flooring properly and will be just about ready to get on the road and celebrate all your hard work!

But wait, that's not all...
When you enroll today, you'll get these exclusive BONUSES totally free!

 BONUS #1 

EXCLUSIVE FACEBOOK GROUP

With this course, you’ll gain exclusive access to our Van Conversion Academy Facebook Group.

Here, you can ask us (and other members) questions and advice with your build, which is incredibly valuable.

 BONUS #2 

ALL our Blueprints FREE!

When you enroll in Van Conversion Academy, you'll receive our Blueprint Bundle 100% FREE ($39 value!).

We've created blueprints for the systems in our campervan that you can copy, eliminating the guesswork and headaches. You'll get:

• Electric Blueprint: our exact electric system, including all components & a map for how they're connected

• Water Blueprint: plans for creating a robust electric water system
 
• Propane Blueprint: diagram for installing a propane system, including essential safety tips & guidelines

• Layout Blueprint: the exact measurements and dimensions of our campervan layout + 2 renderings of layouts in larger vehicles so you don't have to start your designs from scratch


You'll receive 68 pages of blueprints, which include diagrams, detailed descriptions, glossaries, and insider tips!

"Turning an empty shell into an off-grid camper feels incredibly daunting as a DIY, and it's a slow and tedious process to piece together all that you have to do from a bunch of random YouTube videos.

What Katie and Ben have created is a top-to-bottom guide that holds your hand through an entire build and takes so many questions out of the process, even the ones I didn't know I had to ask. That alone has saved me from making some very expensive mistakes in the beginning! So the course has already paid for itself." 

-Linda T.

Grab your FREE bonuses & start your van conversion today!

Follow our guides &  
 GET ON THE ROAD FASTER! 

Are you...  

...OVERWHELMED with all the information out there?

...CONFUSED about how to begin?

...UNSURE of how you should design your layout?

...NERVOUS about dealing with an electric system?

...LACKING CONFIDENCE with your building abilities?


This course was made for you!

We'll show you how to take your van from a blank slate to adventure-ready!

Get started today

One-time Payment

$297

(Pay upfront and save!)

3-Month Payment Plan

$117 / month for 3 months

(Split the cost into 3 monthly payments)

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
We've got answers...

We created Van Conversion Academy for anyone who wants to build a campervan without wasting time in the depths of the Internet and second-guessing all decisions. We've whittled this course down to what you need to know so you're not overwhelmed or confused.

Whether you plan to build a conversion very similar to ours or you have your own plans in mind, this course will empower you with the skills, the step-by-step instructions, and the confidence to build the campervan of your dreams in LESS TIME!

This course is made with different learning styles in mind.

● Written Instructions: Each module is broken down into easy-to-follow written instructions, so you can access them while you’re actually building. No need to watch a slideshow just to get the instructions you’re looking for.
● Video Tutorials: Some of the more difficult steps have video tutorials so you can see them in action.
● Blueprints: You will get blueprints of the following systems that you can copy: electric system, propane system, water system, layout dimensions and measurements 

Yep! As soon as you make your payment, you will have full access to the entire course. No waiting!

You will have lifetime access (aka you'll have access to this course for as long as it's in existence). This also includes the following:

● all future updates
● all future bonuses
● partner discounts

We are committed to continually improving this course, and that means you will have access to ALL enhancements!

Absolutely! In fact, it is a really good idea to start the research and brainstorm process early if possible so you don't feel rushed. You can consume this information at your own pace, and if you're not ready to start on it right away, it'll be waiting for you when you have the time.

By joining now, you will guarantee that you get Van Conversion Academy at the lowest price we will ever offer it.

The answer to this question is going to vary drastically based on how much time you can dedicate at once, how quickly you work, and the scale of your specific project. However, if you can devote a good chunk of time each day to your conversion, it would be reasonable to complete your build in 1 to 3 months.

By having all of the instructions in one place, you won't waste time getting lost in the Internet rabbit holes, and you can concentrate on the fun stuff – the actual conversion itself!

The total cost of your materials will vary drastically based on your exact plans. That said, we know it's helpful to have a ballpark number in mind so you're prepared with realistic expectations. This course details the steps required to build a middle to higher-end build, though there are sections that are optional or that can be modified to be less expensive.

We'd recommend to budget between $7,000 and $15,000 for the conversion. Note: This does not include the cost of purchasing a vehicle.

Good to know: One of the more expensive parts of your campervan build will be your electric system, so start thinking about which end of the budget you'll fall on.

 In this course, you'll receive a complete material list, but the 3 most important tools (in our opinion) for a van conversion are:

● Cordless Drill & Driver  
● Orbital Jig Saw    
● Hand Tool Mechanic Set

Next on our list are the following:

● Power Sander
● Dremel Rotary Tool
● Nail Gun & Compressor  
● Kreg Pocket Hole Jig

Tip: If you don't have tools of your own and don't want to purchase them new, here are a few ideas. Buy used (thrift stores, FB Marketplace, etc.), borrow from friends or family, see if there is a "tool library" you can rent from in your area, ask in local FB groups if someone has tools you can borrow (Buy Nothing groups are a great place for this).

We spent nearly a year putting this course together and we’re confident that it is packed full of value. However, if you aren’t satisfied, contact us within 14 days of your purchase and we will guarantee a full refund.

No matter where in the world you are, you can follow our tutorials to help build your van conversion.

We are based in the USA ourselves, so some of the products we recommend may be harder to get in other countries, though there are often very similar items. Also, our measurements are using the imperial system, but this shouldn’t affect too much of your process.

This course was designed with cargo vans in mind. That said, the majority of the steps in a campervan conversion can work with any type of vehicle.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about whether this course will be a good fit for your vehicle.

Will this course still be useful? Of course! Our goal when creating this course was to equip others with the knowledge and information they need to design their own campervan, according to their personal priorities and desires. This course will empower you to be able to build your very own campervan whether it's very similar to our design or completely different.  

This course is for YOU if...

You’re SICK OF GETTING LOST IN RABBIT HOLES of the Internet and wasting valuable time that could be spent adventuring.

You want to do your conversion right the first time so you SAVE YOURSELF TIME, MONEY AND FRUSTRATION

You’re confused or nervous about parts of your build (like the electrical system!) and WANT AN EXACT DIAGRAM TO FOLLOW.

YOU'RE EXCITED TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES and experience the satisfaction of building your campervan with your own two hands!

"Katie and Ben are an incredible wealth of information. This course had everything I needed and more! Before the course, I was intimidated and overwhelmed by the thought of figuring out a van build. Now I am confident my van will be amazing! Thank you." 

-Kristi C.

Let's get you on the road ASAP!

No more headaches or hours of research. Use our exact systems to start converting your campervan today. 

MEET YOUR TEACHERS






Katie + Ben

 After building two campervans completely from scratch, we decided to create the resources we wish we would’ve had along the way.

Ben has a background in engineering and Katie in design, so our combined experience and skills create a unique and well-rounded approach to building beautiful and functional campervans.  


  We’ve spent a great deal of time living and traveling in campervans, giving us firsthand knowledge of what types of layouts and systems work well.    

Our biggest passion in life is sharing our personal experiences and tips to create resources to help others follow their dreams. Nothing brings us greater joy than seeing our advice change someone’s life for the better.

We can't wait to see what you build!

Ben Zweber

Former Engineer

As a former engineer, Ben loves working with his hands to make his ideas come to life.

He is a thorough and patient teacher (growing up with the last name Zweber means you have to learn patience!).

Ben loves nothing more than sharing what he has learned and watching others put it into action.

Katie Diederichs

Former Designer

Before becoming a full-time blogger, Katie worked as both a graphic designer & a teacher. Her design background has equipped her with the skills needed to build campervans that are not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing as well. 

As a former high school teacher, Katie loves breaking down projects into bite-sized steps that are easy to follow. 

We spent the better part of a year creating Van Conversion Academy. Here's why we decided to build this course:

"We spent countless hours sifting through Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, YouTube videos — the whole gamut. And after going cross-eyed from all our research, we were more confused than ever. Sound familiar? More than once, we purchased the wrong (non-returnable) item and had to start projects from scratch.     

We created this course so you don’t have to waste your valuable time & money (like we did!)." -Ben & Katie

Get started today

One-time Payment

$297

(Pay upfront and save!)

3-Month Payment Plan

$117 / month for 3 months

(Split the cost into 3 monthly payments)

GET READY TO HAVE SOME FUN!

DISCLAIMER:

We are sharing the exact systems that we used in our campervan build after lots of research and consulting with professionals. Our plans are intended to be a reference, but we recommend consulting with a professional on more complex pieces like your electric and propane systems. By purchasing this product, you understand that we are not responsible for any issues you may have with your van conversion.