Bear Hug Campers Owner John Stuckey




The Exact Method I Use When Starting A Professional Van Conversion At Bear Hug Campers

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Wednesday 3rd July 2024 at 6.30pm

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In this free live van conversion workshop, you’ll learn the exact steps I use at the start of every pro van build we convert here at Bear Hug Campers.

I’ll walk you through how we prepare the van, plan some of the systems and get started on the correct things first to avoid those nasty, expensive mistakes.

You’ll get the opportunity to ask questions live on the Zoom call, and you can pre-submit a question via email.

Workshop Step 1

Crafting Your Perfect Layout And Style

Designing your perfect layout and style is exciting but it’s easy spend too long on this stage. How to hash out a layout based on your wishlist and move forwards.

Workshop Step 2

Planning The Electrics, Gas And Water Systems

Electrics, gas and water can be massively overwhelming. What are all the parts that make up the systems, what do they do, and how much you need?

Installing an off-grid electric system
Workshop Step 3

Start Building (In The Right Order)

Building in the right order is hands-down the best way to steer clear of common blunders, saving you time, money, and a ton of headaches.

Workshop Bonus

Live Q&A With John

In our online training programme “Van Conversion Pathway”, the secret sauce is having weekly video calls with me to be able to ask regular questions throughout your build. I’m adding a dedicated Q&A section into this free workshop to get your questions answered by a pro van converter.

Bear Hug Campers Transporter Conversion


I founded Bear Hug Campers, a campervan conversion workshop nestled on the outskirts of the breathtaking South Downs National Park UK, to have a space to build beautiful, timeless tiny homes on wheels.

Known for our light, airy and spacious-feeling conversions with exceptional quality finishes, impeccable attention to detail and thoughtfully designed interiors. (Not all our words, honest!)

We’ve been where you are: at the start of a van conversion journey, looking into custom campervans and working out the best path to take.

Since then we’ve spent years testing out ideas, doing research, sharing our knowledge at shows and events and building a community of people from different walks of life, all sharing the same passion.

Enough talk, have a look at some of our recent builds…


– Founder, Bear Hug Campers

Bear Hug Campers Owner John Stuckey
transporter van conversion



Van Conversion Pathway Member


“Having seen John’s work at Quirky Campers last year, I embarked on the idea of converting my own van. Not knowing where to start I signed up for John’s course, this has been the best decision I made, it has been invaluable.

Having his expert knowledge and industry experience has been great. No question has been too small.

Every aspect of the build has been made easy. Whether you are a complete novice with no experience or feel fairly competent, John offers you lots of handy tips and is always there to guide you through every step.

I would highly recommend doing the course with John.”


Van Conversion Pathway Member


“Before I started Bear Hug’s van conversion course I had made some costly mistakes following YouTube videos trying to replicate what others had done.

I was given lots of contradictory information and felt a bit overwhelmed. I hesitated about buying the course because it was more money but I am so glad that I went ahead.

The videos that John has put together are so comprehensive and explain exactly why you need to do something or not.

I feel so much more confident doing the work myself and having a weekly call to ask questions is invaluable.

Seeing the progress of others, having that accountability and having others cheer me on is the icing on the cake.

I can’t recommend this course enough if you are undertaking a van build yourself. I am excited by my progress and can’t wait to get my camper on the road!”


Q&A Attendee


“Always can rely on Bear Hug campers for a quick, helpful and friendly response to my self build questions – and believe me there are a lot.

Never condescending, always encouraging and very much appreciated.

Just what I need to get me across the finish line in what has turned out to be a much more complicated process than I could have imagined.”


Van Conversion Pathway Member


“Being very independent, I did feel confident that I didn’t need any of that, but my partner convinced me otherwise and I’m very glad she did, having a mentor is like gold dust.

Since starting just under 2 months ago, I’ve posted 73 comments and questions to the group and been on “the call” every week with even more questions, which I think proves I was wrong, I need a lot of help!

John communicates well, and seems to have answers to questions instantly with photos to hand.

I’ve now been working on my van for 8 weeks – it really does take longer than you might think to convert a van and without John’s help, I’m sure it would’ve taken longer.

I cannot emphasise the importance of having a decent mentor to realise your potential.”


Van Conversion Pathway Member


“Questions about how to do different things, such as connecting the walls with the ceiling, or logistics which halted our progress were soon explained in a really friendly and helpful way.

Thank you for all your help so far, and the advice you’re yet to give!”

Liss, South Downs National Park, Hampshire, Uk

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