Self Build Campervan/Motorhome index

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VAN 2 – Fiat Ducato Sportivo MH2

  • Van type: Fiat Ducato Sportivo MH2
  • Year 2020
  • Type:  Motorhome
  • Brief spec:  Fully winterised, shower room, loo, hob, professional finish, onboard garage for bikes & snowboards
  • Build blog:  CLICK HERE 

Van 1 – NV200

  • Van type:  Nissan NV200
  • Year:  2016
  • Build dates:  March – June 2016
  • Type:  Campervan
  • Brief spec:  SMALL 🙂  Insulated, 2 berth, small bed, hob, heating, loo, sink, ,custom water tanks, solar, discreet and stealthy
  • Build blog:  CLICK HERE

12 thoughts on “Self Build Campervan/Motorhome index”

  1. Hello Ryan and Mel,

    Loving your work. I am actively looking to buy and convert a Nissan NV200.
    I am inclined to buy the NV200 car version, 7 seats, as I need a back a seat for my daughter.
    It’s also less van looking for the everyday use.
    What are your thoughts? Would the conversion work on the van based car?
    Thanks a million

    1. Look on Facebook for NV200 group – many people have used the combi (car) version. Be aware there is more glass, more airbags and different dash options. Also its different tax class. Van is simpler. If you need crash approved seat – only option is the OEM seats left in situ. However you can get belted seats in the rear, like us, but they are not approved (regardless of what you hear) – but they don’t’ need to be. Just be confident in how they are made/fitted. Tough call for kids… (ours vvv seldom used)

  2. Hi Ryan and Mel,

    Hoping you can help! I also have a Nissan NV200 but the combi version which my very clever partner (who is an electrician) is planning on connecting a leisure battery up for me but we cannot find any literature on which wire to connect to from the alternator? The split charger relay we have says to connect to either D or F wire, he’s torn between a blue and a green wire, do you happen to remember which one?!

    Thanks in advance!


  3. Hi Mel & Ryan, really looking forward to your van 2 build series. On your latest video you mentioned the towbar install, did you do do this or was it a factory install? Lastly is there a way to get notified of new blog posts? Cheers Brian

    1. Hi
      I fitted tow bar – there will be a video coming up soon 🙂 It was the first job which had “challenges” and I had to await other parts. It was an OK job, apart from getting some electrics working.
      Hmm – you are right, no “follow” on the blog. I’ll take a look later in the week and see if I can fix that.
      You can subscribe to YouTube of course
      I’ll shout when I’ve fixed/found “follow”!

    2. Tow bar post added as well as YouTube vid. No idea how to add a notify thing on here – so that may take a while

    1. Hi. In the NV we used CAN1501 sink, but that was no longer available, so in the Ducato we used Smev 9722. The former is easier to install; the latter has more following and hence more spares available. For sure, both are good enough. In the new van, we could’ve gone bigger as the smev is really a campervan setup (not motorhome) – but our CAD looked tight so we went with the 9722. Its fine, but we could’ve gone bigger and possibly should’ve – but equally, having space around it is damn useful too! So depends on your use. No grill/oven works well – get a ridgemonkey. So yes, possibly would use the same again, but may also look at slightly bigger now we know there is room – but its good enough not to consider changing. Hope that answers q?

  4. What an excellent resource you have created – congratulations and thanks. I’m on the verge of buying an NV200 to facilitate various objectives. Current conundrum is whether to buy one ready converted, or to go down the self build route. It’s great to have something like this to refer to. Am I right in thinking you’ve moved onto a larger van now? I think I share some of your original aspirations for when you opted for the NV200 – e.g. stealthy, fits comfortably under the standard 2m barriers, fits in a normal car parking space etc. If you have switched to the larger van, presumably your viewpoint on these things shifted over time. No doubt you’ve written about that already somewhere and I look forward to absorbing more of your blog posts.

    1. Hi, thanks. Hope the info was useful. We went from bigger van to NV200 and the plan was always a 5 years van/2nd car – so we would not feel guilty going off backpacking or cycle camping months on end leaving a full size camper at home. THe NV for us worked very well and we did 6wk trips mostly wildcamping with no issues. It was perfect. However, the NV was designed to get somewhere, get out and about all day, and use it as a kitchen/bathroon/bedroom. It wasn’t ideal for a lounge but then that wasn’t its purpose. Sadly, wifey has a foot issue (2ys ongoing) meaning going out walking/biking all day is not possible and she/we need to lounge around and sit inside/outside van lounging. So after a backpacking trip to Taiwan was cancelled in Feb ’20 (covid) we brought the bigger van forward and built it in lockdowns. Earlier than planned but that was the only reason – and yep, we use it on “sites and rallies” sitting outside and not out and about as much. We’ve seen the NV out with new owners and they use it with an awning and use it differently and more site usage etc – do is/was actually viable in that use if used differently. Could not fault it – not for everyone but we had lots of fun. We’d not have built van2 yet if Mel was fixed and no covid…… New van v different in size and budged! Full build is on here and mostly YouTube.

    1. Hi, which van?
      The NV was 100×160 – so small, but all a compromise! Used loo as a stool (!) at the end. Worked fine and better than it sounds.
      The Ducato is 120 x 180
      Mattress is just seat foam, and we use 2x duvets, one summer, one winter, and just have one on top and one on bottom depending on weather.

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