Build Your Own Overland Camper

Designing, building and fitting out vans and trucks for overland travel

by Steven Wigglesworth

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If you have a passion for off-the-beaten-track adventure, being immersed in spectacular landscapes, witnessing exotic wildlife, and visiting diverse cultures - all at a pace set by you - an overland camper can turn your dreams into reality. This manual gives clear and helpful advice on how to establish the kind of overlanding vehicle most appropriate to your own particular needs and, with clear step-by-step guidance, will help you through the process of designing, building and fitting-out your own ultimate overlanding companion.

Whether you decide you would be best served by a converted van, a converted off-the-peg-motorhome, or by what - for many - is the last word in overlanding vehicles: a truck based camper, you will find clear and concise advice on build techniques, plus guidance on the equipment and systems most suited to the demands of truly autonomous travel. As well as sections covering installations of water supply and electrical systems, gas, heating, cooling, washrooms, kitchens and home-from-home luxuries, this essential manual clearly demystifies the 'black arts' of coping with chassis induced torsional stress and how to build your own bespoke habitation box from scratch

Author: Steven Wigglesworth has utilised his largely self-taught mechanical and engineering skills to create motor vehicles capable of facilitating self-contained overland travel and has modified a couple of mainstream motorcaravans and built a van based overland camper. He is passionate about truck based overlanding vehicles in particular and as a result of countless hours of research plus empirical knowledge gained by years of hands-on work and spending time travelling in his own creations, he has the ability to write with authority on the subject.


● Introduction, definitions and scope
● Project considerations
● The modified motor caravan solution
● Taking on a build-your-own project
● Dealing with torsional stress
● Getting road legal (UK-specific advice)
● Procuring or building a habitation box
● hatches, windows, doors, roof lights and ventilation
● Water and gas systems
● Electrical systems
● Heating and cooling
● Interior space and furniture
● Kitchens and washrooms
● Conclusion
● Useful contacts

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  • Publisher: Haynes Publications UK
  • ISBN: 1785210769 (1-785-21076-9)
  • ISBN-13: 9781785210761 (978-1-785-21076-1)
  • Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
  • Date Published: 10-2016


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