It’s not uncommon for someone to feel a spark of inspiration to create a perfect luxury van conversion. However, beyond that initial idea, it can be surprisingly difficult to decide what it is that you actually want your van to look like.
The planning process can often be just as fun as using the van itself, but you need to know where to look for inspiration. From social media to car shows, here are some of the top places we think you should be looking.
Search the Internet
As with any research project these days, the best place to start is with a quick general search of the internet. There are heaps of blogs and social media platforms, from writer’s platforms like Substack to Instagram, where you can find almost endless examples of vans that people have made.
Often, these people will share the whole process of how they ended up with their van, including any mistakes they made along the way that they think you could avoid if you did things differently.
Professional van conversion providers like Senzati (often called upfitters) will typically have examples of past conversions that they’ve completed on their website. This can be a great way of seeing what the best of the best looks like – if you like the look of anything, they’ll likely be able to recreate it a lot quicker than it would take to make something entirely from scratch.
Van Conversion Forums
There are plenty of specialist van conversion websites and forums (particularly on Reddit) where you’ll be able to connect with people who are more specialised in the conversion process than influencers sharing pictures of their favourite van on Instagram.
On these kinds of forums, you’ll likely start to gain more detailed insights into things to watch out for, and top opportunities to make the most of. Any questions you have along the way are absolutely worth posting on these sites, as you’ll likely gain heaps of invaluable solutions that you hadn’t thought of yourself.
Van Conversion Events
If you want to actually see some vans in person, after doing some initial online research, then you can likely see some wonderful examples at van conversion events. These kinds of events happen throughout the year (but especially during summer) and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other luxury van owners, makers, and dealers, all at the same place. You can get some invaluable contacts at these events, who will likely be able to help you further down the line.
It’s important to note that when you’re making your own luxury van conversion, you shouldn’t feel limited by what you’ve seen online or in person. If you use the services of a highly qualified upfitter, they’ll be able to integrate a wide range of solutions and technologies into your base van of choice. You can take inspiration from individual pieces in vans you see (a nice set of speakers for example, or a truly fabulous leather chair) and then mix and match those items into the perfect van for your specific needs.