What was the Cost of our Luton Van Conversion? – A breakdown


Cost of our Luton Van Conversion

It may be rude to talk about money but, if you are considering converting a van, then surely you will want to know about how much it cost us to convert our luton van. A budget should be the very starting point for any van conversion and, hopefully, this information will help you decide on what your budget for your own conversion should be.
Below is a breakdown of how much we spent on the conversion from start to finish. Don’t forget to factor in things like fuel picking up your parts and any workshop costs etc.
Vehicle Costs: £1,863
This figure includes everything from the cost of the van itself, its MOT and new parts including oil filters, a new bonnet and some welding repairs before we set off. A hefty welding bill set us back £400 just before we left the country but, looking at this figure now, it doesn’t seem too bad.
Tools: £40.50
We were lucky enough to have access to a lot of tools already but we did have to buy one or two new blades or obscure tools like star screwdrivers. If you need to buy tools this figure will obviously leap up but if you are smart (and read our advice earlier in the book) the leap won’t be too dramatic.
Screws and Glue: £199.25
It takes a lot of screws and glue to hold a home together. This figure includes all screws, nails, glues and bolts.

Other Fixings: £107.18
Shelf brackets, hinges and knobs etc.

Wood: £676.30
All the wood in our van including cladding and the floor. This figure is mainly sheets of ply and the cladding (we bought 12 packs in total).

Plumbing and Bathroom: £402
We already had a diaphragm pump and water heater from our old van. If you don’t have these be prepared to add another £120. This figure includes bathroom cladding, plumbing bits, our caravan toilet and water tank.
Electricity: £379.30
We had a few minor bits left over from our old van (isolation switch and some wire) but mainly we made a new system for this van. This figure includes our solar panel system, wiring, lighting and two 110ah batteries.
Kitchen Appliances: £100
Windows: £139
Insulation: £85
Insurance and Tax (1 year): £450
Grand Total (for now): £4,441.35
As you can see, we bought the van and converted it to its current state for under £5,000. This was helped by the fact that we had a few bits knocking about from our last conversion but even without these we reckon we could have squeezed in under the 5k mark.
A home on wheels for under £5,000.

This info is taken directly from our book “Living in a Box – How we turned a Luton van into a cosy home on wheels”

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