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Camper van conversion Australia

Wade and Dani’s camper van conversion 

After spending countless hours on Instagram, looking at Australian camper van conversions from every angle, imagining how the space would feel, wondering if the design would stand up to hours spent rumbling down the road and if it was the best van to convert in the first place, and dreaming about laying back on a cozy bed with dramatic scenery laid out before me…

I thought I should stop daydreaming and find out from people who have actually done it, what it’s like converting their own van!

And so I reached out to @wadeanddani and they kindly agreed to share their van conversion with us all.

Couple standing in front of a white Mercedes Sprinter van in Austalia.

Wade and Dani are an Australian/Brazilian couple that have just finished converting their 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 416, a long wheel base with high roof.

Cozy, yet crisp decor. 

Spacious, but not an oversized beast. 

And contains everything you need for a life on the road, without any fussy accoutrements.

And it has a bathroom!

Instead of swooning, I’ll just show you the photos huh….

Interior of a converted Sprinter van in Australia, showing the kitchen bench and bed.
Bed end of a Mercedes Sprinter self converted camper van.
Wooden kitchen countertop with white cabinets and splashback, inside a converted campervan.
Kitchen bench inside a Sprinter camper van, also showing the composting toilet in the bathroom.

If you’re considering van life for yourself, @wadeanddani offer lots of helpful info on their Instagram including tips on how to choose your van, what to include in your design, whether you should convert it yourself and costs.

And speaking of costs, here is how much it cost them to convert a van to a campervan in Australia:

2017 Mercedes sprinter 416 LWB high roof$38,000
Roof works: fans, solar panels and mounts, timber and glue$1,875
Interior walls and floor: sound deadener, liner, insulation, floorboards, timber, screws, paint$1,425
Plumping: toilet, shower tray, plumbing fittings, water tanks, hot water system, water pump$5,505
Electrical: cables, batteries, inverter, DC to DC charger, lugs, fridge, lights$8,515
Cabinetry and interior build: all cabinets, table mount, swivel seat, mattress, cushions, curtains$6,540
Miscellaneous: jigsaw blades, screws, additional tools, cleaning products$1,665
Grand Total$63,525

The build took them about 6 – 7 months, with most of it being done on the weekends as they both worked full time jobs.

It wasn’t until the final 10% push that Wade was able to work on the van full time.

Dining area and kitchen in a converted Sprinter campervan.

I wondered how a couple divide the roles for a van conversion like this.
(what? Me, a control freak? Noooo…. )

And they told me that in the beginning Wade did most of the research on the parts and actually how they were going to build the van.

But during the building process they would both work on the van together. They would focus on different tasks and help each other when needed.

And this approach definitely helped speed up the build.  

Woman standing at the back doors of a converted camper van showing off her handiwork.
Man kneeling in a van that he is converting to a camper van.

Wade and Dani are heading off to Dani’s home country of Brazil, for some much needed family and friends time, but when they return in a few months they’ll be launching straight into van life full time!

Man working on a laptop in the cab area of a camper van.
Couple sitting on the roof of a camper van, kissing.

They started a website, and even though it’s brand new they’ve already got some great articles about van life on there.

But, as I say, it’s brand new, so when they get back to Australia and are living #vanlife full-time, I can’t wait to see what they share.

Couple this with their informative and in-depth Instagram account @WadeAndDani you’ll find them a wealth of information if you’re planning on venturing into camper van life yourself.

Do you love their camper van conversion as much as I do?

Thanks so much to Dani and Wade for sharing their amazing conversion with us!

Bed inside a camper van conversion looking out the back doors to a beach.

Now… if you’re in the dreaming stage of embarking on van life around Australia, we’ve got some resources to help you:

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