Converting a campervan – our favourite Google searches

If you have arrived at this post from Google or ‘another leading search engine’, I am wondering if you’ve found what you were looking for. When I first embarked on this blog, I had the rather lofty ambition of producing a kind of campervan oracle for people tackling similar projects. I have a sneaking suspicion that something has gone awry along the way. To test this theory though, I have developed a (not at all egocentric) fascination with the WordPress stats page. This is where, under the dubiously respectable guise of ‘professional interest’, I can find a list of search terms that have led people to this blog. (Fear not, I can only see the words you typed into Google rather than your postcode or inside leg measurement). Theoretically, this should tell me the topics that fellow campervanners need help with.

Interesting things I have learned:

  • There is definitely demand for a blog solely about campervan toilets. They are remarkably popular.
  • Campervan cabinets seem to be the nemesis in most people’s campervan conversions. (Just go to Bunnings!)
  • There is surprisingly high interest in gingham curtains. Maybe we could form a clique.

Some of the search terms have actually provided great inspiration for our own project:


‘DIY campervan bath’
– Now this is a fantastic idea, seats are overrated anyway. A bath would neatly fit in the living area and would require no cushions!

‘Tiling a campervan bathroom’ – what, the whole thing? That is dedication. I was planning to just stick a few mosaic tiles around the sink but maybe we should put a bit more effort in.

‘DIY slide-out room on campervan’. Now there’s a thought. I quite fancy a study. Unlikely though, seeing as I’ve been campaigning in vain for a slide-out roof for several months.

Some search terms have been more concerning:


‘Mould in campervan toilet flush tank’
. Hmmm.

‘Campervan toilet won’t flush’. Oh dear.

‘Campervan toilet still won’t flush’. This person was getting desperate.

‘Campervan toilet leaking water on floor’ I’m hoping that Google swiftly directed this poor person to a mop and bucket and they’re not now standing up to their ankles…

I also feel I might have lured some unsuspecting audiences here under false pretences, because quite a few people have arrived at the blog having googled ‘calming colours’. This must hark back to our early interior design plans to create a zen like atmosphere; I’m sure anyone hoping to be faced with a calm and serene environment beat a hasty retreat at the sight of our eventual fabric choice. Hopefully the people who googled ‘fun campervan upholstery’ left feeling a bit more fulfilled.

Over the course of the project I’ve tried to include most of the popular themes along the way, but there are some specific questions that keep popping up, so I’ll try and answer these in separate blogs. First will be how to attach cabinets to the shell of the campervan. After that, I should finally be able to report on the electrics because after several weeks surrounded by wires, apparently we’re almost powered up.

Incidentally, if you are converting your own campervan and have any questions or comments, please post them here!

Ps Thanks for everyone’s comments and messages about the cushions; I’m under the impression you’re getting a bit concerned. Luckily I’m not the sort of person who turns into a procrastinating perfectionist when faced with a bit of pressure* and I’m making steady progress. Photos coming soon!

*this might not be completely true.

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4 thoughts on “Converting a campervan – our favourite Google searches

  1. Hi guys,
    just stumbled upon your site looking for campervan conversions on the net. great blog! Nice to see that people are making an effort to create a beautiful and homey interior and not just screwing offcuts together for a makeshift bed…
    I am moving from Germany to Adelaide in October and plan to do the same, I have it all planned out in my head, just need to find the van that fits my budget.
    all the best for you and keep up the good work!
    anna

    • Hi Anna – thanks very much for your kind comments, I’m glad you like the blog. We did spend a while looking for the right van, but were really lucky with the one we found. Good luck for the big move to Oz and for your own conversion – let us know how it goes!
      Cheers,
      Rachel

  2. I’m so glad I found your blog, because I never would have thought to replace my campervan seats with a bathtub… Thank goodness I read this in time to alter my plans! 😀 Also, I was wondering where you got your curtain railings from, what kind they are and if you had to cut them to the right size (and how you did that). -Jive

    • Brilliant – I would love to see someone make bathtub seating. Actually if you watch George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces he did something similar in his caravan last week.

      Re the curtain rails, ours were just the standard ones from Lincraft, then Paul sawed them to size, moved the little stoppers to the ends and screwed them into the side of the van. Hope that helps 🙂

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