You may have caught on that we are a bit campervan obsessed. We built out first van on a shoestring budget in less than one week! Our second campervan was a much bigger undertaking as we planned and prepared for months, took our time learning everything we could find on the Internet about campervan builds and recorded our entire process to share with our readers.
Here is where you will find all of the camper van supplies we used to build out every part of our van. We’ve organized this page by the different stages of our build. If you know which stage you’re looking for, click the link to jump down to that section, or just keep browsing…
We love being able to charge our computers, phones and all our other travel gear using the electrical system in our van. Having LED lights, a water pump for our sink and an electric fridge really make our van a comfortable living space. This was one of the more complex portions of our build, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Note: This information below is for reference only. I am not a certified electrician and I’d recommend getting your electrical set up checked over by a electrician before you hook everything up. If your electrical is set up incorrectly, it can lead to dangerous situation.
I got my system looked over by a electrician and that gave me peace of mind knowing that my van is safe from electrical problems.
Below are the major components that are in our electrical system:
Adding solar panels to our van really took Pearl (yes, our van has a name 🙂 to the next level! Renogy is a great brand for vanlifers who want quality solar products, but are still on a budget. We bought this kit with a solar charge controller, four 100W panels, mounting brackets and a Bluetooth module.
Insulation & Temperature Control
Putting up insulation was one of the first steps we took when building out our campervan. When choosing insulation, you’ll want to think about moisture control, temperature control, sound dampening, and the quality of the product you will be putting in such a small space. We chose Havelock Wool for insulation, and we could not be more happy.
Other products we used in our van at this stage included:
Condensation is inevitable in a van and wool is able to absorb the moisture and release it back into the air. Wool also has great insulating properties which aid in regulating the temperature of your van (R-value of 3.6 per-inch) and sound dampening. Havelock Wool is safe to breathe and chemical free, which is a huge plus in such a small space. Plus it’s eco-friendly! It is a renewable, naturally grown resource.
We could not be more happy with our small campervan kitchen. We designed it to have plenty of storage and extendable countertop space. The butcher block countertop looks really nice, but it does require a little maintenance with oil and wax once in a while. We also love cooking in our van, and our two burner gas stove is the perfect size.
Camper van supplies for our kitchen:
Our Big Berkey is such a nice addition to our campervan kitchen.
Often, the water at fill up stations tastes like metallic well water or other chemicals, which certainly isn’t the best for drinking. The Big Berkey water filter removes all those toxins and chemicals and allows us to drink fresh purified water while on the road. We have the Travel Size Berkey (1.5 gallons), so it doesn’t take up much countertop space (clutch in a van!).