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Strip and Clean: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Camper Renovation

Embarking on a DIY camper renovation can be an exciting and rewarding project. Whether you're reviving an old camper or transforming a basic van into a cozy mobile home like we did, the first crucial step is to strip and clean the vehicle. This blog post will guide you through the process of stripping away the old and preparing a clean canvas for your dream DIY camper.


Camper insulation: your key to year-round comfort

Work equipment for this phase

Screw machine



Cleaning material

Anti-Rust products

Rip Out Flooring and Wall Coverings

To create a fresh starting point, remove the existing flooring and wall coverings. This step exposes the bare bones of your camper, allowing for a good inspection and identification of any hidden issues.

Inspect and Repair Structural Components

With the camper’s interior stripped, carefully examine the structural components for any signs of damage, such as water leaks, rot, or rust. Address these issues promptly to ensure a solid foundation for your renovation. Repair or replace damaged sections of walls, floors, or supports as necessary.

Clean and disinfect

Before moving forward, it’s essential to deep clean and disinfect the entire space. Use a combination of soap, water, and disinfectant to scrub every surface, paying particular attention to areas that may have been exposed to moisture or mold. This step ensures a fresh and healthy environment for your upcoming camper build.

Inspect existing wires

Take this opportunity to evaluate the existing electrical wires to the tail lights and rear camera. Check wiring for damage, ensure everything is functioning correctly, and inspect everything again for leaks or corrosion. Address any issues and make necessary repairs or upgrades to meet your specific requirements.

Treat and prevent rust

If you encounter any rust during your inspection, treat it promptly. Use a rust converter or sand away the affected areas, then apply a rust-inhibiting primer and paint to prevent future corrosion. Protecting your camper’s metal components will ensure their longevity and structural integrity.

we used hammerite to get rid of all the rust. First sand well, clean and then apply.
Read the package leaflet carefully before use!

Prep for the next phase

Once you’ve completed the necessary repairs and maintenance, your camper is now ready for the next phase of renovation. 


This blog is a guide on how we converted our camper. We are also not responsible for any problems or damage during the conversion of your camper.

The information on this blog is to be used at your own risk and your own judgement. You assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

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