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Building your own caravan is not as complicated as some people might think. Caravans can be made with fairly simple construction methods and the tools that many people already have. Building your own caravan is a very rewarding experience and we have lots of information to help you through the process.
Before you start, you should decide if Buying, Building from Scratch, or Renovating is the best choice for you. We have written another article to help you decide here:
Over the years I have built at least 12 caravans in my shed from scratch. I have tried lots of different things and learned a lot. It's something I think many people can do themselves. This page gives you an overview of the major steps involved. Each step has links to more details, and should give you confidence that the information you will need is freely available.
The position of all the fixtures (beds, door, windows, fridge) in the van. This is the fun part. There are hundreds of different caravan designs out there already. It's a good idea to take a lot of inspiration from an existing design, plus we list the sequence the build should be done in.
You will need an undercover area with a door big enough to get the completed caravan out. You probably already have many of the tools you need. Here is a list of tools you will need and or want.
Most things you can do yourself but there are a few things you can not or need to get signed off. Learn more here.
This is the part that scares a lot of people off but it doesn't need to. Read this page to learn about the options.
This is another fun part of the build. The construction methods are fairly simple and explained in this article.
This requires some basic carpentry skills, and there are a few tricks to keeping things light and strong. Article link
This is one of the areas that you may need some help or at least to get things inspected. There are some laws here that you need to know about.
Putting the skin on is where the van really takes shape. There are opportunities here to really make your design mark with material choice and colours.
These will be premade and pretty easy to install. The instructions depend on the brands you choose.
CaravansPlus sells lots of what you need but not everything. We have made this page to help you with hard to find items.
Hopefully you can see that building your own caravan is a challenging but achievable project. There is heaps of information on the internet on every aspect of building and rebuilding caravans. Contact us if you have questions, we will help where we can.