Originally Posted by Amstel
That's why I wondered about buying a van and having it kitted out, or would that be very expensive to do.
You can get the equivalent of flat-pack conversions online for a couple of hundred (close to 1k) and then on top of this you would need to buy electrics, plumbing, cooker, fridge etc but it is doable.
The massive issues (especially with smaller vans) are A getting the conversion formally classified as a campervan (at which point you will have to pay an unknown sum of VRT) and B getting the converted camper insured as a campervan. Even with A done, the insurance companies make-up their own rules about walkways between the cab and body or internal head room, which have no basis in law.
My advice would be to either get a van that is already registered as a camper or else buy a van and kit it out but don't bother getting it reclassified (you would need van insurance in this instance which may also involve complications).
Best of luck.