Convert a van into a campervan in 5 minutes

Plugvan campervan module

A German entrepreneur has created an innovative product, Plugvan, that can turn an empty cargo van into a campervan in five minutes. Plugvan is a smallish container that includes the essentials of what makes a van a place to stay and travel. The container can be loaded on a van and unloaded relatively easily.

The Plugvan concept is so simple that now that it is available, many entrepreneurs are probably thinking: I should have invented this. Two meter long cabin that includes the essential features of a campervan is pushed into the cargo space of a van. The cabin has its own foldable legs that facilitate the maneuver. The cabin is secured into its place, and it is ready to go.

A large, tall van is required to fit in the Plugvan. A normal two meter height van won’t do, but a taller model is required. Since the Plugvan is two meters in length, it leaves enough space in the van to carry along quite a lot of necessary things you need during a camping or road trip, such as bicycles, chairs, and a table. The first thing I would set up in this space would be a portable toilet. It is the single most important thing in a campervan after water, bread and wine, after all.

Plugvan campervan cabin inside a large van

The module has its own fresh water tank and waste water tank. It also has its own battery to power the monitoring system and lights. A fridge is hidden under a bench/bed. A camping stove is stored in a compartment that also unfolds into a small table.

The company says the Plugvan module fits into the large van models that are popular in Europe, such as:

  • Volkswagen Crafter/MAN TGE
  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Fiat Ducato
  • Citroën Jumper
  • Peugeot Boxer
  • Renault Master
  • Opel Movano
  • Nissan NV400
  • Ford Transit
  • Iveco Daily
  • Hyundai H350

Motor1 reports the pricing for the Plugvan starts from 6000 euros. Additional features increases the price up to 20 000 euros. It is available in Europe in 2019.

a schema showing Plugvan container fitted inside a van

I can envision two use cases for the Plugvan. First, someone who dearly wants to have a campervan, but doesn’t want to pay the price of a ready-made product, or doesn’t want to do the conversion himself. He or she can buy a van (as long as it is big enough) that suits the budget and buy the Plugvan to provide the necessary comforts.

Second, someone who already has a van because of work can turn the vehicle into a mobile holiday home with the Plugvan. Sure, the van must be emptied and cleaned from all work related stuff before the Plugvan can be pushed in, but it shouldn’t stop anyone from doing it.

View the video below that shows the features of the Plugvan:

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