We bought a Peugeot Partner and converted it into a small mobile home. Call it our second bed (on wheels). It’s the perfect solution for weekend getaways. We were in doubt about buying a bigger van, but today we’re quite happy with our decision. Yes, it’s definitely smaller, but so was the purchase price. We sleep in it for a maximum of 3 weeks a year, so we went for the car instead of the van, and seen that we occasionally drive it to work, this option is more practical and the mileage is a lot better.
We needed a simple system for the bed and the luggage. No fuzz, no hardcore handicrafts, nothing permanent, just something that’s durable (the hubby weighs 95kg’s…) and easy to remove when necessary. We decided on building 2 separate beds under which we could store curver boxes. The whole thing costed less than 200 euro and we finished it in 2 days.
The shopping list
- 2 wood cement boards
We chose this material because it’s water-resistant and very strong.
- 12 legs
- 12 bolts & 12 rings
- 6 curver storage boxes for your luggage
Make sure they’ll fit under the beds. Their height has to be smaller than the height of the legs.
We recycled a mattress from a cheap Ikea sofa bed as it was the perfect size, but there are several options around. If you fit several pieces together, make sure there is no parting on the level of your hips.
- 2 foldable solar screens
Really handy when it get’s very sunny. We use them as curtains.
- A handy Andy and some tools
→ Make sure the partition of the 2 boards is aligned with the middle of the boot. The outer sides of the board have to be sawn according to the shape of the car’s side walls. We used a piece of cardboard to measure the curves in the side walls.
→ Think about the placement of the legs. The space between the legs should be wide enough to get all the boxes in, but as well to get them out again. Try this before you fixate the legs.
→ If you go to a sunny destination, pack a mosquito net. That way you can sleep with an open door. Attach the net to the car with some pegs.
→ This set up is handy for cyclists or short board surfers. You can go for one bed, that way there is place for a bike or board.
We did a first try out this summer and we are quite happy with the result. It’s really nice to wake up with views on a lake or mountain range when you sleep with an open boot (with mosquito net).The luggage system works great and it’s very easy system to disassemble. These are some pics from our road trip through France.
Feel free to contact us with your questions about a peugeot partner camper van conversion. This also works for a Citroen Berlingo or a Renault Kangoo.