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Converting a VW Caddy? A very clever DIY VW Caddy camper conversion / camping box (boot jump)

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VW Caddy is itself one of the best medium cars (small camper vans) for car camping. It’s #1 on our list of best medium cars for car camping. Converting a VW Caddy isn’t hard – this post will show you a very clever and simple VW Caddy Maxi camper conversion kit you can create for your Caddy. This solution will give you a good storage room underneath the bed and is easily reversible, which we value here a lot! (Meaning you can easily switch between Caddy camper/bed and Caddy a standard car with back seats. From all the solutions I’ve seen, I find this is one of the simplest solutions out there – everyone can do it. It’s as simple as my VW Sharan car camping conversion here dare I say! 🙂

The solution comes from Reiner Beck @ – just a single post about this DIY Caddy car camping conversionhomemade camping box/boot jump, that is easily lost amongst the multitude of their travel and outdoors posts.


All the author needed was this:

  • 3pcs wooden boards (blockboards), 58×112 cm, 22mm thick
  • 3pcs plywood 120×40 cm, 16mm thick
  • hinges/fittings (7 hinges 42x80mm, 6pcs screw-on brackets, 1m cord)
  • M8 x 60 or 8x40mm screws for wood at the top (bed)

The resulting bed surface is 179cm long, which is just about the right length for a comfortable sleep (if you’re about 180cm tall).

You’ll need some standard DIY tools – electric screwdriver, drill, a saw.

The rest you can gather from the authors gallery below.

What I love about the Caddy Camping conversion kit:

  • very easy to hide away + can stay in the car (so you have both – a camper and a normal car always ready when needed)
  • no need to remove middle seats (again, it’s always ready for camping, as well as driving the family around)
  • it’s not as tall as typical camping boxes – which I find great as most camping boxes have too much storage leaving not enough room for your head… and cost 15x as much too.
  • not expensive at all – just wooden boards and a few hinges, very likely under 70 EUR
  • simple enough to build
  • you can turn it around and make a sofa out of it 🙂

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More DIY Camper conversion plans – adjustable for Caddy:

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This Renault Kangoo + Skoda Yeti DIY car camping conversion comes with detailed drawings and diagrams that you can easily adjust to fit your Caddy

+ as a bonus, you’ll find a manual on how to create mozzie nets out of an old tent or thermal window screens

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Skoda Roomster DIY car camping conversion – very minimal, therefore easy to adjust for a Caddy:
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And another Caddy DIY Camping box – this one is more complex, but comes with great diagrams and detailed measurements:

What do you think? If you’re going to attempt this build / conversion, share some photos in a link in the comments below!

Enjoy the ride (and the sleep!)

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Founder of, avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. Car camping and microcamping allows me to keep traveling and exploring with a much greater level of freedom & privacy – to go anywhere and sleep anywhere. I didn’t have 30K to buy a VW Multivan, so found my way to the world of everyday car camping conversions. Here I share my experiences and what I learn.

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