The Road Less Travelled: Customised Van Conversion Versus Fully Converted Van

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Embarking on a van life journey is an exciting decision, but the path you choose can significantly impact your experience. In this blog, we’ll explore the pros and cons of opting for a custom van conversion versus purchasing a fully converted van, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your travel bug and lifestyle.

Custom Van Conversion


  1. Tailored to Your Needs: A custom van conversion allows you to design a space that perfectly suits your preferences and lifestyle. From layout to aesthetics, every detail is personalised with little need for compromise.
  2. Predictability: Companies like Oz Caravan World offer customised van conversions and in doing so, control the conversion through in-house manufacturing of cabinetry, steel, welding, curtains, and upholstery. This protects you against lengthy delays in delivery as evidenced in the past few years.
  3. Cost Efficiency: Whilst you may think that upfront costs may be higher, a custom conversion often proves cost-effective when you compare the finished product. You pay for what you truly want and need, avoiding unnecessary features.
  4. Flexibility: Your vision evolves, and so can your van. A custom conversion provides the flexibility to adapt and upgrade components as your needs change over time. Where budget is a concern, customising a van conversion allows you to split the conversion into phases whilst avoiding duplication in costs and waste.



  1. Time-Consuming: Crafting a customized van takes time as you have an extra step of coming up with a design. Presented with the option of customisation, the amount of choices can sometimes appear daunting. Working with a reputable experienced company with design specialists will help overcome this.
  2. Skill and Expertise: Achieving a high-quality custom conversion requires a the hiring of professionals unless you take up the challenge yourself. If you choose the professional path, then it’s important to work with a reputable company that can demonstrate their ability to complete the work professionally.



Fully Converted Van


  1. Ready to Roll: The biggest advantage is convenience. A fully converted van is ready for your adventures almost immediately, saving you the time and effort of overseeing a conversion.
  2. Turnkey Solution: For those without the inclination or time for a DIY project, a fully converted van offers a turnkey solution, providing all the essential features without the hassle.
  3. Resale Value: In some cases, a professionally converted van may have a higher resale value compared to a DIY conversion. This is generally not the case in comparison to a custom conversion done by a professional company.



  1. Limited Personalisation: Fully converted vans may lack the personalised touch you’d get with a custom conversion. You might have to compromise on certain features that matter to you.
  2. Potentially Higher Costs: While a fully converted van may save time, it can also be more expensive upfront. Features you don’t need might be included, increasing the overall cost. You may also find that in a short timeframe the features you compromised become more relevant and important resulting in an additional cost.


Ultimately, the choice between a custom van conversion and a fully converted van hinges on your priorities, skills, and timeline. Whether you prefer the hands-on approach of creating a unique space or the convenience of hitting the road immediately, both options offer a ticket to the incredible world of van life. The key is finding the balance that aligns with your vision and journey. Safe travels!


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