Van Conversions

As you’ve probably guessed by now, We’re rather passionate about vans, van dwelling and converting vans for various purposes.

We took our love for vans one step further and set ourselves up a fully mobile workshop which we tow behind our Luton (or Renault Trafic) to offer a fully mobile service helping other people convert their vans, as well as carrying out full conversions.

Mobile workshop trailer. Enables me to carry out van conversion work, resprays, etc.

We work both in the UK and throughout Europe on a mobile basis, though we do have a small base near Worcester (M5, J6) in the West Midlands with an outdoor area in which we can work outdoors. Always excited to take on a new project of any size, we’re happy to help out with smaller aspects of an existing build project, or take on larger tasks.

Converting a Luton in a carpark near Brighton!

Richard is probably most well known for his micro camper conversions and of course the Luton van conversion in which we live full time.

Renault Kangoo micro camper conversion.

Utilising small spaces for optimum usage is something we pride ourselves on and love designing. A great example of this is our most recent Kangoo micro camper into which we not only managed to fit in a kitchen with hot and cold running water, but also a toilet, hot shower facility and under-floor chiller compartment.

Kangoo micro camper with hot running water, shower, under-floor fridge and even a toilet!

On a larger scale, our own home is the conversion of a Luton van into a house on wheels. Probably the most well known Luton van conversion on the internet, this has been a full time home since 2014.

Luton van home, complete with trailer, motor scooter and Border Collie!

Our Luton van home.

We do love a challenge and we’re not afraid to work out how to do new things. Re-spraying vans is something we love doing, but recently were asked to replace an entire rear quarter on a Sprinter… So yeah… let’s do this!

Cutting out the rear quarter of a Sprinter in preparation for replacing panels and re-spraying.

As long as the van owner is happy to accept that we’re not necessarily an expert in every aspect and that things may not always go according to plan, we will gladly take on tasks that we’re not familiar with. Knowing full well that we may have to learn as we go, and have back-up plans at the ready too!

MWB Sprinter. Damaged panels cut out, new panels welded in. The first attempt at major bodywork repairs!

One thing we love about our work is it always seems to result in our “customers” becoming really good friends! Having the van owner assist us in our work not only helps us get things done more efficiently, but gives the owner a fun and pleasurable learning experience.

We love taking ideas and turning them into reality. Throw your ideas our way and we’ll create them!

Adapting swivel seats to fit a camper conversion. Much fabrication needed but an outstanding end result!

Woodwork, plumbing, gas, metal fabrication, electrics, night heaters, wood burners, graphics and artwork, bodywork repairs and re-sprays are just a few of the areas we’re happy to work on.

Kitchen unit made for an Iveco conversion. All hand made from sheets of Pine.

Wood-burner and tiling – Iveco Daily.

A Luton van conversion in progress. This conversion took 20 days from an insulated box to family home.

We love to add interesting and creative ideas to any project I take on. For example, whilst working on a Luton conversion for “Rainbows on the road” we made them a lovely ceramic tile with their logo printed on for their new kitchen.  Another service we offer – printed tiles, mugs, etc. etc.

A tile printed for a Luton conversion. The print is embedded into the ceramic.

Wood burners – Every van should have one, right? However, fitting one may be a daunting task. Afterall, you don’t want your hard work going up in a puff of smoke! Not only are we happy to fit wood burners, but we can have them made especially by a friend who’s a superb fabricator. These burners are hand made in limited quantities.

Our prototype wood-burner. Just awaiting glass and “BeyondTheVan” plaque.

We will gladly come to you to help out with your build. All you need to do is organise somewhere for the work do be done. We’re more than happy with an isolated spot up in some common land! We have our own (mostly silent!) power supply for the power tools and we’re fully off-grid. Access to a near-by DIY store may be useful though! Please remember we will come with a trailer so turning space/access has be to considered…

A beautiful, hand made real wood floor  made out of old pallets. This is in our Renault Trafic.

We do have the use of a small area on an industrial estate near Worcester. About 20 minutes from J6 of the M5. Here we can work on projects, though do not have indoor facilities. You’re welcome to come to us by prior arrangement, though we’d prefer to work in a nice spot in the hills.

Fully off-grid rolling workshop & home. Complete with balcony and scooter for popping out!

What do we charge?

We like to make ourselves affordable to the van community. Originally, Richard only charged £70 per day. It was soon realised after working very long days that it couldn’t even fund a tank of diesel! Crazy really, but these are the times we’re in and we think our idea of £70 for sometimes 10-12 hours work was somewhat in the wrong century!!

We now base ourselves more realistically at £150 per day (that’s still just £75 per day each really!) We’re known for superb craftsmanship with speedy results and we’re still providing great value for money as well as enabling ourselves to buy food at the end of it!

Travel costs may be added, depending on your and our locations at the time. We’re pretty flexible on this as long as we don’t lose out on the travelling.

Ted will provide antics for the cost of throwing a ball! He doesn’t ask for much!

LDV Pilot Conversion. 2017.

Kangoo Micro Camper. 2016.

Enquiries…

We do seem to book up really quickly and do like to reserve time for our own projects and travelling. The best thing to do is make an enquiry below, stating what you’d like doing, where you are, when you’d like help, etc. and we’ll come back to you as quickly as possible…

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Best wishes and thank you for reading!

Phoebe & Richard.

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