Campervan Conversion Sizes and Types
Campervan Conversion Sizes and Types

So, you have decided you want to build a campervan!

One of the first questions you will face is what size van do you buy for your upcoming campervan conversion?

In this article, we take a look at all the main van size and body type configurations used for a campervan conversion build.

What are the different types of campervan sizes available?

Here are the five main types of campervans size and body type configurations available.

Micro Campervan

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Here are the average dimensions of a micro campervan. Make sure to PIN this image.

What is a micro campervan?

A micro-campervan is classified as an M.P.V. (multi-purpose-vehicle) or a car-derived that have a load volume between 3 to 4 cubic meters and has undergone a professional or self-build/D.I.Y campervan conversion.

What Are The Most Common Micro Campervan Vehicles based on?

Here are five of the most common micro-campervan base vehicles:

What is the average size of a micro campervan?

The average internal loadspace dimensions of a micro campervan are:

  • Length: 150 cm to 230 cm.
  • Width: 140 to 170 cm.
  • Height: 120 cm to 130 cm.
  • Volume: 3 m3  to 4 m3

The average external dimensions of a micro campervan are:

  • Length: 430 cm to 490 cm
  • Width: 205 cm to 215 cm
  • Height: 180 cm to 190 cm

Micro-Campervan Dimensions

Here is a list of dimensions of popular micro-sized campervans.

VehicleModel YearBody*Volume**Internal LengthInternal WidthInternal HeightExternal LengthExternal Width***External Height
Citroen Berlingo/PP2008 to 2019L13.3180162125438212182
Citroen Berlingo/PP2008 to 2019L23.7205162125463212184
Ford Transit Connect/Courier2013 to 2020L12.9175154126441214184
Ford Transit Connect/Courier2013 to 2020L23.6215154126482214184
Mercedes Benz Citan2012 to 2020Long3.1175146125432210182
Mercedes Benz Citan2012 to 2020Extra-Long3.8213146125470210182
Vauxhall Combo2018 to 2020L1H13.8178163123440210184
Vauxhall Combo2018 to 2020L2H14.4213163124475210184
V.W. Caddy2003 to 2020Standard3.2178155124440212182
V.W. Caddy2003 to 2020Maxi4.1225155126488212184
*Short wheelbase (SWB) = L1, long wheelbase (LWB) = L2, low roof = H1 and high roof = H2. **Internal cubic meter volume. ***Includes door-mirrors.

Can you stand up in a micro campervan?

Due to the low-height roof, an average adult male will not be able to stand up inside a micro campervan. One way to get around this is by installing a pop-top roof.

How many people can sleep inside a micro campervan?

Depending on the campervan build layout, a micro campervan should be able to sleep one adult by removing the front passenger seat.

What type of driving licence do I need to drive a micro-campervan?

In the U.K., a micro campervan can be driven on a standard car driving licence without having to take any additional tests.

Advantages of a micro campervan

  • Drives like a car.
  • Excellent fuel economy.
  • Can be used as your daily driver.
  • Easy to manoeuvre and park.
  • Will fit in all multi-storey car-parks and home garage.
  • Low-cost conversion (fewer materials required).
  • Very quick to warm the interior.
  • Reduced campsite fees.
  • Low vehicle gross weight.
  • Reduced ferry costs.
  • Great for stealth camping.

Disadvantages of a micro campervan

  • Could become a little cramped for adults who are bigger than average.
  • An average adult will not be able to stand up inside.
  • Installation of a shower unit and/or toilet is highly improbable.
  • Lower Storage Capacity. You will only be able to carry the bare essentials.
What We Think

A micro-campervan is an excellent choice for people who may require a vehicle for the occasional weekend getaway.

They are also great for people who may want to use this vehicle on a daily basis. They fit in all multi-story car parks, easy to manoeuvre, and usually come with excellent fuel economy.

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Small Campervan

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What is a small campervan?

A small campervan is classified as a van that has a load volume between 4 to 7 cubic meters that have undergone a professional or self-build/D.I.Y campervan conversion.

What Are The Most Common small Campervan Base Vehicles?

Here are five of the most common small campervan base vehicles:

What is the average size of a small campervan?

The average internal loadspace dimensions of a small campervan are:

  • Length: 210 cm to 260 cm.
  • Width: 160 cm to 180 cm.
  • Height: 130 cm to 180 cm.
  • Volume: 4 m3 to 7 m3

The average external dimensions of a small campervan are:

  • Length: 460 cm to 500 cm.
  • Width: 190 cm to 230 cm.
  • Height: 190 cm to 240 cm.

Small Campervan Dimensions

Here is a list of dimensions of popular small-sized campervans.

VehicleModel YearBody*Load Volume (m3)Internal LengthInternal WidthInternal HeightExternal LengthExternal Width**External Height
Citroën Dispatch
2016 to 2020XS4.6216163139460192195
Citroën Dispatch
2016 to 2020M5.3251163139495192194
Ford Transit Custom2012 to 2020L1H15.4255177140497227202
Ford Transit Custom2012 to 2020L1H26.6255177178497227238
Mercedes-Benz Vito2003 to 2014Compact4.6242165135474218190
Mercedes-Benz Vito2003 to 2014Long High6.5267165176499218232
Toyota Proace2016 to 2020L14.6216163139460192195
Toyota Proace2016 to 2020L25.1251163139495192194
V.W. Transporter (T5)2003 to 2015L1H15.8257170141490228193
V.W. Transporter (T5)2003 to 2015L1H26.7297170163490228217
V.W. Transporter (T6)2015 to 2020L1H15.8257170141490228199
V.W. Transporter (T6)2015 to 2020L1H26.7257170163490228217
*Short wheelbase (SWB) = L1, long wheelbase (LWB) = L2, low roof = H1 and high roof = H2. **Includes door-mirrors.

Can you stand up in a small-sized campervan?

An average adult male will not be able to stand up inside a small campervan. Like the micro campervan, one way to get around this is by installing a pop-top roof.

How many people can sleep inside a small-sized campervan?

Depending on the campervan build layout, a small campervan should be able to sleep two adults. However, you may find the internal space limiting.

Advantages of a small campervan

  • A little more space compared to a micro campervan.
  • Good fuel economy.
  • Easy to manoeuvre and park.
  • Will fit in multi-storey car-park and home garage providing they have a high access entrance.
  • Reasonably low-cost conversion.
  • Quick to warm up.
  • Average campsite fees.
  • Low vehicle gross weight.
  • Standard ferry costs.

Disadvantages of a small campervan

  • Even though its slightly larger than a micro camper, some may find it a small campervan a little cramped.
  • A 6-foot adult will not be able to stand up inside.
  • Installation of a shower unit and/or toilet is highly improbable.
  • Average Storage Capacity. You will only be able to carry the bare essentials plus a few additional items.

Medium Campervan

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Here are the average dimensions of a medium campervan. Make sure to PIN this image.

What is a medium campervan?

A medium campervan is classified as a van that has a load volume between 7 to 12 cubic meters that have undergone a professional or self-build/D.I.Y campervan conversion. The original base vehicle is generally used by tradespeople (electricians, emergency services, delivery people, etc).

What are the most common medium campervan base vehicles?

Here are two of the most common medium campervan base vehicles:

How big is a medium campervan?

The average internal loadspace dimensions of a medium campervan are:

  • Length: 260 cm to 350 cm.
  • Width: 175 cm to 190 cm.
  • Height: 160 cm to 215 cm
  • Volume: 7 m3 to 12 m3

The average external dimensions of a medium campervan are:

  • Length: 520 cm to 600 cm.
  • Width: 240 cm to 255 cm.
  • Height: 220 cm to 285 cm.

Medium Campervan Dimensions

Here is a list of dimensions of popular medium campervans.

VehicleModel YearBody*Volume**Internal LengthInternal WidthInternal HeightExternal LengthExternal Width***External Height
Ford Transit¹2003 to 2014L2H210304178187553247241 - 253
Ford Transit¹2003 to 2014L2H311.2304178212553247265 - 277
Ford Transit¹2003 to 2014L3H211.5349178187598247241 - 253
Fiat Ducato/Dodge ProMaster2011 to 2020L2H110312187166541 251225
Fiat Ducato/Dodge ProMaster2011 to 2020L2H211.5312187162541 251252
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L1H17.5260178165524243243
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L1H28.5260178194524243272
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L2H19.0326178165591243243
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L2H210.5326178194591243282
N.B: All sizes are in centimetres. *Short wheelbase (SWB) = L1, Medium wheelbase (MWB) = L2, Long wheelbase (LWB) = L3, low roof = H1, Medium roof = H2. High roof = H3. **Internal cubic meter volume. ***Includes door-mirrors. ¹FWD models.

Can you stand up in a medium campervan?

Depending on the model variant, an average adult male will be able to stand up inside a medium campervan. For van models that come with a low roof, one way to add additional headroom is to install a pop-top roof.

How many people can sleep inside a medium campervan?

Depending on the campervan build layout, a medium campervan should be able to sleep two adults comfortably, with the possibility of one additional child.

What type of driving licence do I need to drive a medium campervan?

In the United Kingdom, provided the maximum authorised mass (M.A.S) does not exceed 3,500 kg, a medium campervan can legally be driven on a standard car driving licence (Class B).

Advantages of a medium campervan

  • A little more space compared to a small campervan.
  • Installation of a shower unit and/or toilet is possible.
  • Average fuel economy.
  • Reasonably low-cost conversion.
  • Average internal heater warm-up time.
  • Average campsite fees.
  • Average gross vehicle weight.
  • Standard ferry costs.

Disadvantages of a medium campervan

  • Will not fit in most multi-storey car-park and home garage.
  • Inexperienced drivers may find a medium-sized campervan a challenge to manoeuvre and park.
  • A 6-foot adult may struggle to stand up inside.
  • Better-than-average storage capacity. You will be able to carry the bare essentials plus a selection of additional items.

Large Campervan

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What is a large campervan?

A large campervan is classified as a large-sized van that has undergone a professional or self-build/D.I.Y campervan conversion.  The original base vehicle is generally used by tradespeople (builders, delivery people, flooring installers, etc.).

What are the most common large campervan base vehicles?

Here are five of the most common large campervan base vehicles:

What is the average size of a large campervan?

The average internal loadspace dimensions of a large campervan are:

  • Length: 340 cm to 470 cm.
  • Width: 175 cm to 180 cm.
  • Height: 185 cm to 225 cm.
  • Volume: 12 m3 to 17 m3

The average external dimensions of a large campervan are:

  • Length: 590 cm to 740 cm.
  • Width: 240 cm to 255 cm.
  • Height: 260 cm to 310 cm.

Large Campervan Dimensions

Here is a list of dimensions of popular medium campervans.

VehicleModel YearBody*Volume**Internal LengthInternal WidthInternal HeightExternal LengthExternal Width***External Height
Ford Transit¹2003 to 2014L3H313349178212598247277
Ford Transit¹2003 to 2014L4H315.1421178212670247277
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L3H314430178194694243281
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L3H415.5430178214694243304
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L4H315.5470178194734243282
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2008 to 2018L4H417
470178214734243305
Iveco Daily2006 to 20143300 H212.0352180190598250264
Iveco Daily2006 to 20143300 H313.2352180210598250282
Iveco Daily2006 to 20143950 H215.6454180190701250267
Iveco Daily2006 to 20143950 H317.2454180210701250286
N.B: All sizes are in centimetres. *Short wheelbase (SWB) = L1, Medium wheelbase (MWB) = L2, Long wheelbase (LWB) = L3. Low roof = H1, Medium roof = H2. High roof = H3. Super-High Roof = H4. **Internal cubic meter volume. ***Includes door-mirrors. ¹FWD models.

Can you stand up in a large campervan?

An average adult male will comfortably be able to stand up inside a large campervan.

How many people can sleep inside a large campervan?

Depending on the campervan build layout, a large campervan should be able to comfortably sleep between two to four adults (or children) with the possibility of an additional pet dog or cat.

What type of driving licence do I need to drive a large campervan?

In the United Kingdom, provided the maximum authorised mass (M.A.S) does not exceed 3,500 kg, a large campervan can legally be driven on a standard car driving licence (Class B).

Advantages of a large campervan

  • A considerable amount of space. More than enough to house all the vehicles occupants and their gear.
  • Reasonable fuel economy.
  • Excellent second-hand market. As a result, base vehicles are relatively low in cost.
  • You can stand up inside.

Disadvantages of a large campervan

  • Will not fit in multi-storey car-park and most home garages.
  • You may struggle to find spaces to park that will accommodate this vehicle, especially in residential areas.
  • Inexperienced drivers may find such a large vehicle a challenge to manoeuvre and park.
  • Second-hand vehicles usually have high mileage as these vehicles are favoured by long-distance delivery companies. They also tend to be a bit shabby.
  • High running costs. Both fuel and road tax is usually more compared to a smaller campervan.
  • Longer time to heat up. May require an additional heater/more powerful model.
  • Can become unstable during high winds.

Box-Van Campervan

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What is a box-van campervan?

A box-van campervan is classified as a box-van that has undergone a professional or self-build/D.I.Y campervan conversion.  The original base vehicle is generally used by furniture removal companies.

What are the most common box-van campervan base vehicles?

Here are five of the most common box-van campervan base vehicles:

What is the average size of a box-van campervan?

The average internal loadspace dimensions of a box-van campervan are:

  • Length: 340 cm to 440 cm.
  • Width: 180 cm to 230 cm.
  • Height: 170 cm to 240 cm.
  • Volume: 11 m3 to 20 m3

The average external dimensions of a box-van campervan are:

  • Length: 610 cm to 780 cm.
  • Width: 210 cm to 250 cm.
  • Height: 300 cm to 350 cm.

Can you stand up in a box-van campervan?

An average adult male will comfortably be able to stand up inside a box-van campervan.

How many people can sleep inside a box-van campervan?

Depending on the campervan build layout, a box-van campervan should be able to comfortably sleep between two to four adults (or children) with the possibility of an additional pet dog or cat.

What type of driving licence do I need to drive a box-van campervan?

In the United Kingdom, provided that the maximum authorised mass (M.A.S) does not exceed 3,500 kg, a box-van campervan can legally be driven on a standard car driving licence (Class B).

Advantages of a box-van campervan

  • Maximum internal space out of all vehicle types. With a high ceiling and extra-wide walls, a box-van campervan will give all the occupants a maximum amount of space.
  • There is more than enough room to carry all occupants in comfort plus any additional equipment.
  • Excellent second-hand market. As a result, base vehicles are relatively low in cost.
  • Straight walls. This help makes the conversion a little simpler. (no cutting angled cupboard shapes)

Disadvantages of a box-van campervan

  • Unfortunately, a box-van campervan does not have a direct entrance into the cockpit of the vehicle. As a result, you will have to either install an additional access door (expensive) or exit through the back every time you want to access the cockpit.
  • Not very secure. The material used for the construction of the box body can be brute-forced attacked with the use of a heavy object. This can then allow thieves to enter your campervan.
  • Will not fit in multi-storey car-park and most home garages.
  • You may struggle to find spaces to park that will accommodate this vehicle, especially in residential areas.
  • Inexperienced drivers may find such a large vehicle a challenge to manoeuvre and park.
  • Second-hand vehicles usually have high mileage as these vehicles are favoured by long-distance delivery companies. They also tend to be a bit shabby.
  • High running costs. Both fuel and road tax is usually more compared to a smaller campervan.
  • Longer time to heat up. May require an additional heater/more powerful model.
  • Can become unstable during high winds.

Campervan Sizes: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the smallest campervan?

The smallest campervan you can own is a micro-campervan.

A micro-campervan offers greater comfort and better protection from the elements than a tent. Furthermore, they are more practical for everyday use than a motorhome or larger campervan.

How wide are campervans?

Here is a list of all average external widths for each campervan category types:

  • Micro-campervan average width: 175 cm – 190 cm.
  • Small campervan average width: 180 cm – 210 cm.
  • Medium campervan average width: 210 cm – 250 cm.
  • Large campervan average width: 210 cm – 250 cm.
  • Box-van campervan average width: 210 cm – 250 cm.
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