BUYERS GUIDE - 4X4 CAMPERVANS
This Queensland company is best known for its hinged security door kits for popular vans, but also produces FRP shower modules; portable toilet, gas and battery boxes, pop-tops and high roof conversions.
DIY RV Solutions understands that not everyone can afford a fully-built campervan or motorhome and that plenty of handy people want to do their own. However, some components for campervan and motorhome construction are tricky and, back in 2005, this family company set out to produce those components.
Today, the company’s main products are van-body-specific FRP shower modules and hinged side door modules. Also available are pop-tops; bathroom vanity units with inbuilt sinks; FRP boxes to house portable toilet cassettes, gas bottles and batteries.
The most recent development is a FRP high-roof extension for the current Toyota HiAce SLWB model, to increase interior headroom by 300mm. (European vans are available ex-factory with high-roof bodywork.)
The new overall height of the HiAce is 2610mm and internal headroom is 1950mm, making a pop-top unnecessary. There is also shelf space front and rear inside the new roof shell.
The roof extension is a factory-fitted $7799 job and the fitted door kit is $4149.
DIY RV Solutions works closely with Bus4x4 in Brisbane, which produces 4WD kits for Toyota Coasters and HiAces, so off-road versions of these vehicles are possible.
Campervans are based on commercial vans and all of these come with one or two sliding doors. This arrangement works fine for handling freight, keeping a narrow vehicle profile while the driver accesses goods inside, but it’s not ideal for camping.
Sliding doors are invariably heavy and noisy, and are difficult to fit with secure, bug-proof screening. Many campervan converters prefer caravan-style hinged doors that also come with a lockable, security-mesh inner door, improving ventilation without compromising occupant safety.
DIY RV Solutions’ door kits are model specific and replace the near-side sliding door with a fixed FRP panel that houses a caravan door. Fitment is simple, according to some customers OTA spoke to and the only downside is that the standard white FRP gelcoat may not be an exact colour match to the different shades of white that vehicle makers use.
Hinged door kits are available for a continually growing range of van models that includes Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, VW Crafter and Toyota HiAce and Coaster.