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Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Interior That Maximizes Storage Space

I've started writing more about micro camper van conversions – I find it fascinating to see how people make such compact spaces livable and comfortable. Today, we're checking out an older conversion made by Josh Oakes.
Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage Spaces 16 photos
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Josh Oakes
Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage SpacesCustom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well-Thought-Of Design With Extensive Storage Spaces
Micro campers are Josh's bread and butter – I've recently covered his latest creation, a converted 2019 Ford Transit Connect with a beautiful interior and many creature comforts. Today, I'm talking about yet another 2019 Ford Transit Connect designed to be a full-time tiny home on wheels.

But before we go into detail, let me name a few of the things that make a tiny vehicle suitable for living inside it. A comfortable camper van should feature a tiny kitchen, a bed, an electrical system, a plumbing system, and a decent amount of storage. In these regards, Josh's rig ticks all the boxes – let's get into it.

Looking at the Ford van from the outside, you'll notice it looks like a standard Transit Connect. The only elements that give away the fact that it's a camper are on the roof – you'll discover a frame that holds three 100W solar panels and a Maxxair fan behind it.

You don't want people peeking into your tiny home on wheels, so it's best if you opt for tinted windows, just like the ones you'll see on this van. One nice detail is that this rig features tiny windows integrated into the side windows, allowing you to ventilate the interior without having to open the sliding doors or the front driver's and passenger's side windows.

Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well\-Thought\-Of Design With Extensive Storage Spaces
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Josh Oakes
Moving on inside, Josh made some minor changes to the driver's cabin. He added a platform on the passenger's seat, creating additional storage space. Storage is a significant issue even on larger vehicles, but it becomes even more of an issue when dealing with micro campers, so it's important to maximize every single inch available.

That's why the other driver's cabin modification is also related to storage. Ford Transit Connects, like other tiny vans, come with a shelf above the driver's cabin. Josh extended it to offer even more room.

Moving on to the living space, you'll discover a clean and functional design with wooden elements. Even though it might seem a bit cramped at first, you'll soon see everything is well-thought-of, and there's a bunch of room for you to move around.

First, I'd like to mention that there's no issue with privacy in this van. Besides the tinted windows, you'll also discover that each window comes with shades, and the living area is separated from the driver's cabin by a roll-up shade, which will also block the light whenever you want to sleep. What's more, there's another one in the back for the rear windows.

Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well\-Thought\-Of Design With Extensive Storage Spaces
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Josh Oakes
Right behind the cabin, Josh installed a long bench divided into several parts that serve different purposes. One of them hides a feature that I didn't expect to see on a camper this small: a toilet. Well, it's not a toilet in the classic sense, but rather a "waste bin," as Josh calls it, which does the job. Next to it, another part of the bench hides another feature that this rig's customer requested: a litter box for a cat.

If you open the driver's side sliding door, you'll find another side door that leads to the litter box. Next to it, Josh devised a massive storage space in the form of a drawer.

Next up, let's take a look at this rig's kitchen, integrated into a cabinet on the driver's side of the vehicle. It features a tiny sink with a simple yet effective plumbing system, consisting of a larger freshwater container and a smaller grey water one housed underneath behind a false wall. Moreover, you'll notice a microwave.

Other notable features of the kitchen include various drawers, a dimmer switch for the lights, two USB plugs, a pull-out table, and a switch for the inverter. On the wall, you'll find a small cubby with a leather strap, a cup holder, two outlets, and an overhead shelf for extra storage. The largest appliance in the kitchen is a massive Engel cooler hidden inside a cabinet toward the rear of the interior.

Custom Micro Camper Boasts a Clean, Well\-Thought\-Of Design With Extensive Storage Spaces
Photo: YouTube Screenshot / Josh Oakes
Open the rear door, and you'll notice that most of the rear part is blocked by a bench and by the cabinet with the cooler. However, this is where Josh devised part of the electrical system, a Renogy 1,000 W inverter and a Renogy charge controller. Right beside, you'll find a tiny drawer and a vent for the cooler.

The rest of the electrical system is hidden underneath part of the driver's side bench. It consists of a 170 Ah lithium battery, a fuse box, and a battery isolator.

Lastly, we have the bed, which is basically the same as the couch, meaning there aren't any extensions (for additional sleeping space) like on other micro campers – simply arrange your pillows and blanket, pull down the blinds, and you're good to go.

All in all, Josh has managed to create a practical layout that maximizes storage space while also offering a good amount of comfort, considering the compact interior. You can discover more information about Josh's builds on his website.

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About the author: Mircea Mazuru
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Starting out with a motorcycle permit just because he could get one two years earlier than a driver's license, Mircea keeps his passion for bikes (motor or no motor) alive to this day. His lifelong dream is to build his own custom camper van.
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