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To DIY or hire a professional? The pros and cons of campervan building

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

If only you could just magic your dream campervan out of thin air. Unfortunately it will need to be built by human hands.

You do at least get to choose which hands do the work. Your choice can be boiled down to two options: do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you.

Which is right for you? To find out, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each


Building It Yourself


  • Cost-effective: The main reason that anyone chooses DIY over paying for a

professional, building your own campervan will cost less.

  • A sense of satisfaction: Let’s face it, there’s something incredibly rewarding about doing it yourself. You can point proudly to your creation and say ‘I built that’.


  • Time consuming: Building a campervan takes time. A lot of time. More than you probably imagine. In fact, if you put a dollar value on your hours it may not look quite so cheap!

  • Complicated: Between electrical, plumbing, gas and custom carpentry, completing a van fit-out demands a vast range of skill sets. You may be overawed by the job and need to employ a professional anyway.

  • Space requirements: Where will you build your van? Wherever it is, you’ll need plenty of space, which will be taken up for months on end.

  • Ongoing financials: DIY campervans are more costly to insure and have lower resale values than professional builds.

Hiring a builder


  • Professional quality: You can be confident that your van is built by specialists,

and will last for years.

  • Ongoing financials: Professional builds have lower insurance premiums than DIY, and higher resale values.

  • Quick turnaround: The build period will be measured in weeks rather than months. You’ll also spend that time enjoying life rather than slaving away on your campervan!


  • Higher cost: You will obviously pay more for a professional quality fit-out and quick turnaround.

  • More difficult to make changes: You can change your mind on the fly with DIY, but a van builder will ask that you set the plan in stone.

Why choose Drifter Vans?

At Drifter Vans we seek to maximize the pros and minimize the cons of a professional van build:

  • We are the premier campervan construction choice, boasting an incredibly experienced team. Paul has two decades of general contracting experience, Kyle is a gearhead and licensed electrician of 20 years, and Daren is our in-house master certified carpenter.

  • All other high-level aspects of the conversion – plumbing, gas, insulation, custom painting, etc. – are subcontracted out to licensed professionals.

  • We can ship your van anywhere in the US and Canada.

  • We make the planning stage simple yet comprehensive, with in-depth consultation and customization.

Your DIY campervan build can seem like a great idea… until you’re about a month in. It’s then that you begin to realize exactly how much work is involved, and how complex that work can so often be.

If you want to get on the road sooner, and could do without the DIY stress, the Drifter team is here to help. If you would like to schedule a FREE Zoom consultation, just go to and fill out a form!

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